Fall intros: Innovations entice dealers to sell better goods

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Fall intros: Innovations entice dealers to sell better goods

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Ken Ryan   The newest product introductions in the flooring industry run the gamut from latest in rigid core construction to carpet tiles engineered for exterior applications. What these disparate products have in common, however, are technology advancements that will help define and differentiate these innovations as they hit the market at the height of the fall selling season. Engineered Floors Its Dream Weaver residential brand is...

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FCNews exclusive interview: Karndean’s Anderson tunes out all the noise

September 19, 2019 | Comments Off on FCNews exclusive interview: Karndean’s Anderson tunes out all the noise

September 16/23: Volume 35, Issue 6 Bill Anderson Bill Anderson is new to the role of CEO of Karndean, but he is neither new to the company nor its executive leadership. Anderson came to the LVT supplier in 2009 and has spent the last 10 years on the operations and financial sides of the business. Now, with sales and marketing falling under his auspices, Anderson seeks to parlay his knowledge and relationships with Karndean employees...

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Installation: With underlayments, silence is the golden rule

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: With underlayments, silence is the golden rule

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Megan Salzano   Flooring underlayments don’t often get their due when it comes to the successful completion of a flooring installation. However, without these sundry products consumer needs can often be left unmet, including the need for sound abatement. Sound abatement is not often top of mind for consumers when looking to install or upgrade their flooring, but it should be a key selling point for retailers....

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Technology: System integration makes business a breeze

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Technology: System integration makes business a breeze

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   QPro offers B2B and API integrations to streamline business operations. Technology can be confusing, especially when you look at the nitty gritty of what makes up a software program. A lot of pieces go into creating a program that has the ultimate goal of making the software user’s life easier. One specific component of flooring software designed to streamline business processes is system integration....

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Tile: New applications expand segment’s potential

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Tile: New applications expand segment’s potential

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Megan Salzano   Daltile’s Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces are resistant to water, heat, stains, scratches, chemicals and traffic. While the tile market is under pressure from the realistic visuals and waterproof technologies of resilient product lines, porcelain is taking its market share back through innovative new products. Porcelain slabs and pavers, in particular, have expanded tile’s possibilities within the home and helped grow its market share during a...

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FloorForce: Taking it to another level

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on FloorForce: Taking it to another level

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   FloorForce has helped Yates Flooring Center use social media more effectively, including Facebook advertising. (Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series detailing how flooring dealers are enhancing their digital presence by partnering with FloorForce.) National Flooring Alliance member Yates Flooring Center in Lubbock, Texas, began its partnership with FloorForce three years ago. Today, the company is a member of FloorForce’s advisory board....

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Carpet: Five key trends to watch in soft surfaces

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet: Five key trends to watch in soft surfaces

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   Blended tonals and ‘near-solid’ looks are gaining popularity. Shown is EF’s Dream Weaver brand. The advancement of hard surfaces in the residential space may have taken market share from carpet, but it has not signaled the segment’s death knell by any means. Indeed, hard surfaces’ ascent has actually helped carpet, in part, by prompting mills to develop new looks and applications that complement hard...

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CFI ratchets up installer recruitment efforts

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on CFI ratchets up installer recruitment efforts

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   From left: Robert Varden, vice president, CFI; Scott Humphrey, CEO, WFCA; and Sabahat Chaudhry, chairman of KITE, agree to form an installation academy in Thailand. San Antonio—For most of its 26-year existence, the International Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) stood for professional training and certification. While those principles remain core to its values, times have changed. Today, CFI’s focus is on aggressively recruiting the next...

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Hurricane Dorian: Distributors batten down during storm

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Hurricane Dorian: Distributors batten down during storm

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   Satellite view of Hurricane Dorian from space. Out of an abundance of caution, flooring distributors servicing the Southeast U.S. battened down the hatches last week in advance of Hurricane Dorian as the storm threatened communities from Florida to the Virginia border. After devastating the northern Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, Dorian weakened in strength to a Category 3 (maximum sustained winds of 115...

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Tariff update:Industry weighs potential impact of additional hikes

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Tariff update:Industry weighs potential impact of additional hikes

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   As the U.S.-China trade war escalates, some Wall Street banks fear the economy could be headed toward a recession. The flooring industry has dealt with tariffs on Chinese imports at 10%, escalating up to 25%. If President Trump carries through with his latest threat, tariffs that include flooring will hit 30% next month. This latest salvo in the ongoing trade war between the U.S....

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