Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education

Officials for Coverings 2010 are preparing for what promises to once again be the largest gathering of tile products, exhibitors and industry professionals in North America when the show convenes Tuesday, April 27 and runs through Friday, April 30, in Orlando, Fla. Education plays a key role at Coverings and this year is no different, as seminars for distributors and retailers span a range of subjects and feature high-caliber experts to offer tips and tactics...

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Beaulieu’s ‘Bloomin’ Spring’ promotion is biggest yet

April 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Beaulieu’s ‘Bloomin’ Spring’ promotion is biggest yet

Dalton—Beaulieu announced greater incentives for retailers this month. Starting April 2 and continuing through May 29, qualified Bliss dealers can earn a $100 American Express gift card for the first 100 yards of Bliss carpet sold, with the exception of Bliss for Kids. This is in addition to the promotion of $200 American Express gift cards for every 200 yards of Bliss sold. This campaign, however, doesn’t expire until July 3. “For the next eight...

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Resilient manufacturers announce price increases; Mohawk, Forbo the latest

April 7, 2010 | Comments Off on Resilient manufacturers announce price increases; Mohawk, Forbo the latest

Hicksville, N.Y.—At the beginning of April, two of the largest resilient flooring manufacturers, Armstrong and Mannington Mills, independently announced it will each raise product prices by 6%. Since then, a multitude of companies have followed suit. Armstrong and Mannington said increase measures would be implemented by June 1, 2010 and are caused by a considerable increase in the cost of raw materials. “Energy, raw materials and transportation costs are all rising,” said Paul Murfin, vice...

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Carpet mills showcase high-end products with texture, softness

April 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Carpet mills showcase high-end products with texture, softness

As consumers flirt with the temptation of an increasing number of choices from hardwood and ceramic tile producers, carpet mills have stepped up and met the challenge. Developing more textures, colors and patterns via state-of-the-art technology, choices from the soft surface side continue to grow, especially at the high end of the spectrum. (more…)

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Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors

April 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors

Nowhere in the flooring industry is the use of high tech, state-of-the-art production advancements more evident than in ceramic tile. It seems as though manufacturers can make finished products look and feel like anything they want, whether it be the visual appeal of slate or the earthy tones of limestone. The following focuses on some of the more upscale products several porcelain and ceramic tile manufacturers have recently developed. Crossville UltiMetal is a high-end product...

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Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: U.S. mills expand into Asia as Eastern mills grow in west

April 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: U.S. mills expand into Asia as Eastern mills grow in west

SHANGHAI—Massive earth-quakes. Powerful hurricanes. Countries struggling to survive economic collapse. Many would say the world is turning upside down. This is certainly so in the world of flooring—but unlike world events, it is for the betterment of everyone, it seems. While China remains the most important sourcing market for all kinds of products (73% of the country’s exports end up in the U.S.), flooring including, there is an interesting trend that was played out among...

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National Floorcovering Alliance: Vendor support at core of exclusivity

April 5, 2010 | Comments Off on National Floorcovering Alliance: Vendor support at core of exclusivity

BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA—Against the backdrop of one of the most picturesque settings in North America, the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) took strides to become even more important to its vendors, which, in turn, moves it closer to its ultimate goal of developing a brand identity. This is achieved through proprietary brands and private-label programs, some of which were rolled out at this meeting in carpet, ceramic, wood and LVT. (more…)

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National Wood Flooring Association: Initiatives range from environmental to A&D

April 5, 2010 | Comments Off on National Wood Flooring Association: Initiatives range from environmental to A&D

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD.—Things are looking up for the hardwood flooring industry. So said Ed Korczak, CEO and executive director, National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), at the group’s annual convention here two weeks ago. After a year in which the industry was down about 23% in dollars, Korczak said the association is seeing a 6% to 7% uptick in the first quarter of 2010 over the same year-ago period. “We attribute that to two things,” he...

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Retailers find profits popping with cork

April 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Retailers find profits popping with cork

Cork, in addition to being an environmentally friendly product, is quite popular right now. While it has been around for decades, in recent years applications for the product have soared, as have sales. How are retailers selling cork these days? The key seems to be education—not only about its green story but also its benefits once installed. “In today’s marketplace those who are looking for a floor are looking for a product that is kind...

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High end laminate products holding their own during tough times

April 2, 2010 | Comments Off on High end laminate products holding their own during tough times

Sales of high-end products may be coming back based on various corporate reports but in the laminate category they have remained constant as consumers do not want to sacrifice either looks or performance for price. “While it’s true consumers are searching for greater value,” explained George Kelley, CEO of Pergo, N.A., “it does not mean the majority of them are truly interested in sacrificing superior design and performance to buy a cheaply made product.” (more…)

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