QFloors: All about service and simplicity

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Steven Feldman   From left: Trent, Chad and Chris Ogden with Ron Cluff. Springdale, Utah—Twenty years after its launch, QFloors has become the second-largest flooring-specific business management software provider in the industry. With a customer list that now numbers around 1,100, QFloors has more than doubled its base in the last seven years because it helps the flooring retailer become more profitable every single day. How?...

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Three key reasons to attend the 2020 Flooring Markets

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11   Market Maker Events’ Lori Kisner encourages dealers to bring managers/salespeople to the regional trade shows. With 2019 coming to a close and people all over the country winding down for the year, Market Maker Events is ramping up its efforts to get set for the 2020 Flooring Markets—Jan. 7-8 in Atlanta; Jan. 9-10 in Arlington, Texas; and Feb. 13-14 in Biloxi, Miss. In support of the...

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Resilient: Suppliers call a draw on domestic vs. imports

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Lindsay Gonzalez   The benefits and shortcomings of domestically produced resilient flooring vs. imported are often used to determine which flooring is the better product. However, it would be unfair to deem one source of production superior over the other, resilient suppliers say, especially considering the fact that a healthy mix of domestic and imported product is an effective way to keep up with the consumer’s...

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Carpet: Significant innovations enrich category in 2019

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Behind every great carpet is an innovation that went into the design and engineering of the product to create something unique and different. In a year in which carpet sales were lagging, there was no decline in the area of innovation as carpet mills delivered pioneering dyeing processes, enhanced twisting technologies and other performance-enhancing methods to the market. ANDERSON TUFTEX About the product:...

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Marketing online: Proven ways to generate more leads

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Lindsay Gonzalez   Positive reviews can help dealers improve their search engine placement. As the world’s digital landscape continues to expand, many flooring consumers are starting their journey to purchase online. It is crucial now more than ever that flooring dealers are actively working to generate as well as convert leads online. FCNews asked several industry experts for their top tips on generating leads. Focus on...

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Ceramic: Producers push innovation as consumption falls

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Megan Salzano   Daltile’s Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces suit the growing demand for slab-style countertops. As was predicted this time last year, consumption of ceramic tile in 2019 is lower than that of the previous year. The downward trend began in 2018, and the residential ceramic business slowed for the first three quarters of 2019. Many ceramic leaders agree that by the end of 2019 the category...

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FCNews exclusive interview: NAFCD executive board members hash out key issues

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NAFCD 2020 executive board, from left: Shane Richmond, Fishman Flooring Solutions; Kyle Gorny, Blakely Products; Dunn Rasbury, A&M Supply; and Steve McKenna, McKenna Distribution. New Orleans—Scores of flooring industry distribution representatives gathered here recently to participate in the 2019 North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors annual conference (NAFCD). Topics of discussion ranged from continued industry consolidation, emerging demographics, economic challenges and a changing retail landscape. During the conference, FCNews managing editor Reginald Tucker sat...

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Greenbuild 2019 showcases sustainable flooring

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Megan Salzano   Amy Costello, Armstrong’s sustainability manager, illustrates the six pillars of sustainability. Atlanta—Known for showcasing the latest trends and technologies shaping the development of green buildings, cities and communities, the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held here Nov. 19-22 at the LEED Gold Georgia World Congress Center, brought professionals in architecture, construction, engineering, planning and interior design to mingle with 300 exhibitors from...

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NAFCD: Industry foresees prosperity despite threats

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Reginald Tucker   Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, provided an optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy moving forward. New Orleans—Despite ongoing labor shortages among truck drivers and installers alike; the negative impact of tariffs on Chinese imports; continued consolidation across the industry; and the economic uncertainty surrounding the upcoming election year, the outlook for the floor covering distribution channel remains bright. That was the prevailing...

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Cali’s vinyl exemption a win for the industry

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Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Cali CEO Doug Jackson said the company’s associates got the ball rolling by writing letters to their local congressman. The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) decision to grant Cali Bamboo’s exclusion from 25% tariffs on LVT-related products employing a click system could potentially save the U.S. flooring industry hundreds of millions of dollars, according to some estimates. “We’re delighted our efforts paid off,” Doug...

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