Coverings 2019: Premier tile and stone event going strong after 30 years

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Coverings 2019: Premier tile and stone event going strong after 30 years

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Steven Feldman   Orlando, Fla.—Against the backdrop of a slowing ceramic tile market, a sold-out Coverings celebrated its 30th anniversary here April 9-12 with 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries showing their latest and greatest in response to a variety of trends. At 480,000 square feet, Coverings is ranked as the 35th largest trade show in the U.S., according to Trade Show magazine. That’s up 3% from 2018,...

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Retail Education: Top merchandising tips to make a lasting impression

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Retail Education: Top merchandising tips to make a lasting impression

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie   Properly merchandising product can assist flooring dealers and RSAs in selling their best products while also instilling confidence in the consumer. For example, flooring displayed at the front of a store is guaranteed to catch the consumer’s eyes while a product in the back corner may never get any attention. Following are several merchandising tips from top flooring retailers across the United States. Keep...

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Carpet: Suppliers extol soft surfaces’ healthy attributes

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet: Suppliers extol soft surfaces’ healthy attributes

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Ken Ryan   Google the question “Is carpet healthy?” and one of the first entries is attributed to the American Lung Association, which states: “Carpets may trap pollutants like dust mites, pet dander, cockroach allergens, particle pollution, lead, mold spores, pesticides, dirt and dust. Chemicals used in some new carpets, carpet pads and the adhesives used to install them can harm your health.” This is not the...

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Congoleum’s Cleo brand pulls out all the stops in 2019

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Congoleum’s Cleo brand pulls out all the stops in 2019

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie   The new Cleo Home Collection display, with its linear design, is slightly smaller than the Cleo Home Studio display. Congoleum first previewed its standalone Cleo Home brand during The International Surface Event in Las Vegas in 2018. One year later, the brand is making a name for itself in the saturated resilient market. “While Congoleum has a long and proud history of innovation in...

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Wood: State of the industry—Key sectors fuel greater buying activity

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: State of the industry—Key sectors fuel greater buying activity

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Reginald Tucker   Like other hard surface sectors facing intense competition from the likes of LVT/WPC/SPC, hardwood flooring also felt pressure in terms of both market share and profit margins. But thanks to strong end-use activity in 2018, the category continued to post respectable numbers despite the onslaught of so many wood look-alike products. It’s not just the widely held belief that real hardwood remains the most...

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Coverings celebrates 30 years in style

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Coverings celebrates 30 years in style

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Megan Salzano   Coverings 2019, the largest tile and stone event in North America, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a host of new initiatives. These include a range of commemorative displays showcasing the history of Coverings with interactive opportunities for attendees to create and share their own memories. For example, the south lobby of the Orlando County Convention Center will host a timeline with highlights...

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Sheet: Original waterproof flooring proves it has staying power

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Sheet: Original waterproof flooring proves it has staying power

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   With so much attention focused on the LVT category and its growing WPC/SPC sub-segments, the sheet vinyl segment has managed to fly under the radar as perhaps the most multi-functional, economical, waterproof floor in the industry today. Once deemed a commodity—and a substitute for other flooring options—sheet vinyl has elevated its stature on the strength of improved visuals and construction. Some flooring observers call sheet...

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Laminate: Distributors go high ‘TEK’ with Quick-Step rebrand

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Laminate: Distributors go high ‘TEK’ with Quick-Step rebrand

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   Quick-Step sellers will be pleased to learn the Reclaime collection will still be available despite the changeover to NatureTEK. Mohawk first hit a home run with last year’s breakthrough RevWood collection, an engineered flooring product designed to go toe-to-toe with other waterproof offerings such as WPC and SPC. Now it’s Quick-Step’s turn at bat as the similarly constructed NatureTEK line looks to win favor among...

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Beauflor prospers via product plus personality

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Beauflor prospers via product plus personality

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Megan Salzano   Beauflor may not be a decades-old manufacturer, but since its founding in 2016 the company has hit the ground running. Entering the market with a strong belief in listening to its customers, Beauflor today boasts a host of product lines and programs developed to help those customers succeed. The mission, so far, has been a success, as the company’s customer base has grown dramatically, according...

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Marketing online: Manage your digital reputation—or else

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Marketing online: Manage your digital reputation—or else

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Lindsay Baillie   By now most everyone knows that in order to continue growing a business, a company must have an online presence. After all, in this digital age, a website is the new storefront; it allows consumers to learn about a business before even stepping foot inside the store. However, simply having a website is not enough. Experts say businesses must also grow— and stay on top...

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