Alliance Flooring: All signs point to prosperity for group’s members

March 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Alliance Flooring: All signs point to prosperity for group’s members

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   San Antonio—Alliance Flooring’s annual convention, held here March 9-12, once again proved that flooring retail can be fun, and that the mantra: “work hard, play hard” best suits these members. Alliance’s CarpetsPlus Color Tile and Carpetland members are coming off a 2018 in which overall revenue was up about 9% collectively, membership is up—with 16 dealers added just since January and greater numbers are...

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NFA equips members with the tools to succeed

March 19, 2019 | Comments Off on NFA equips members with the tools to succeed

NFA board from left: Jason McSwain, McSwain Carpets; Darren Hearns, Great Lakes Carpet & Tile, Orlando; Raffi Sarmazian, Sarmazian Bros.; Ian Newton, Flooring 101; Eric Mondragon, RC Willey; and Deb DeGraaf, DeGraaf Interiors. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada—Against a picturesque backdrop of snow-laden mountains, blue skies and warmer-than-expected temperatures, the National Floorcovering Alliance hosted its spring meeting a few weeks earlier than usual here in this resort town two hours north of Vancouver. As the 42...

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Ceramics: Functionality, style drive TISE 2019 tile introductions

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Ceramics: Functionality, style drive TISE 2019 tile introductions

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Megan Salzano   Las Vegas—While the tile and stone category has its challenges—think price points and installation—its evolution within the home has helped drive sales and the category’s overall value. No longer are consumers relegating tile and stone to kitchen and bath builds, they are looking to the category to support evolving home design trends such as decorative wall features, indoor/outdoor living and minimalistic design. To fulfill...

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Tech companies serve up digital solutions at TISE

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Tech companies serve up digital solutions at TISE

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Lindsay Baillie   Flooring software systems were not the only digital innovations present at this year’s show. Several tech companies—Creating Your Space, Floor Force, Retail Lead Management and Podium, to name a few—introduced updates to programs designed to assist dealers with website development and management, lead generation and CRM. Creating Your Space put the spotlight on its Visual AR collection, a package of tools allowing flooring dealers...

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Technology: Flooring software aims to provide intelligence, increase productivity

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Technology: Flooring software aims to provide intelligence, increase productivity

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Lindsay Baillie   Las Vegas—The show floor at The International Surface Event (TISE) is packed with just about everything a flooring dealer needs to be successful in the coming year. Beyond viewing product and tool innovations, retailers have the opportunity to learn more about the various flooring-specific software companies that are looking to help the industry streamline processes and make more money. Some of the latest software...

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Installation: Molding intros tout form and function

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Molding intros tout form and function

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Megan Salzano   Consumers can sometimes forget the finishing touches necessary to complete a new flooring installation. Accessory items, such as trim and molding, not only help to create a flawless installation but also add to a retailer’s overall project sale. At this year’s International Surfaces Event, held in Las Vegas in January, trim and molding manufacturers showcased innovative new products meant to help retailers grow sales...

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Carpet: Retailers explore ways to keep category relevant

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet: Retailers explore ways to keep category relevant

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   As the industry knows all too well, the replacement cycle for carpet is many years earlier than that of hard surfaces, which translates to more transactions—and higher margins—for specialty dealers. Conversely, a customer who buys a rigid vinyl floor today may not need another floor for a generation. For the long-term health of the specialty flooring channel, dealers agree, carpet needs to remain vibrant...

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Abbey reenergized: New show format, programs provide a spark

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Abbey reenergized: New show format, programs provide a spark

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Megan Salzano   Phoenix—Abbey Carpet & Floor’s 61st annual convention, held here Feb. 23-25, gave members the chance to discuss hot topics such as new products and the ever-evolving digital age, but it also brought something new to the table that attendees said helped reenergize the room—a convergence of both its Abbey and Floors To Go members. Furthering its focus on “Partners in Excellence,” the organization sought...

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Laminate: State of the industry—Fighting back against barrage of LVT, WPC, SPC

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Laminate: State of the industry—Fighting back against barrage of LVT, WPC, SPC

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   Of all the competing hard surface categories facing pressure from the red-hot LVT sector, none has felt the squeeze more acutely than the laminate flooring segment, industry observers say. However, several of the major suppliers—many of which participate in these alternative categories—are looking to regain some of that lost market share. For many laminate suppliers, priority No. 1 is recouping some of the showroom...

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Tariff update: Postponement gives suppliers room to breathe

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Tariff update: Postponement gives suppliers room to breathe

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   President Trump’s decision to postpone the scheduled March 2 increase in tariffs from 10% to 25% was welcome news by flooring industry executives, many of whom expected a delay but were nevertheless relieved. No new tariffs deadline has been set. However, the positive tone coming out of Washington that talks were “very productive” cleared up much of the uncertainty that executives were dealing with....

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