Technology: New measuring tools, updates aim to streamline estimating tasks

September 8, 2016 | Comments Off on Technology: New measuring tools, updates aim to streamline estimating tasks

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Reginald Tucker Developers of measuring software and total retail management systems providers are enhancing their product offerings with new features and benefits. Following is an overview of what’s new and improved: Comp-U-Floor Pacific Solutions’ estimating system contains all the information needed to provide quotes. The Comp-U-Floor point of sales system—which interfaces with MeasureSquare’s mobile system—has been enhanced to further expedite measurement and estimating tasks for installers. How...

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Technology: 2015 innovations change the estimating game

June 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Technology: 2015 innovations change the estimating game

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Ken Ryan Some call it disruptive technology; others call it game changing. Whatever the characterization, today’s software innovations are allowing flooring dealers and installers the ability to access important information in real time. The end result is a vastly improved, seamless sales experience. What was traditionally done with graph paper, pencil, digital camera, tape measure, calculator and even desktop computer can now be combined into one digital...

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Technology: The key ingredients of a quality website

June 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Technology: The key ingredients of a quality website

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Jana Pollack With more consumers spending hours researching products on the web before heading into stores, it is more important than ever for flooring retailers to have an impressive online presence. “Your website is really a 24/7 digital equivalent of a storefront or showroom,” said Christine Wittemore, chief simplifier at Simple Marketing Now. “You want your website to start answering consumer questions, educating them and building trust....

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Software: Improving the flooring sales process using technology

April 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Software: Improving the flooring sales process using technology

April 11/18, 2016; Volume 30, Number 21 By Terry Wheat, president of RFMS It is encouraging to see that measuring and drawing rooms using either a mobile app or software program on a laptop have been gaining traction in the floor covering industry. But what if you could also estimate the quantity of specific products such as carpet, tile or planks and quickly include necessary add-ons and services to develop a complete quote for review...

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Technology: Promoboxx gives dealers a digital marketing boost

April 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Technology: Promoboxx gives dealers a digital marketing boost

March 28/April 4, 2016; Volume 30, Number 20 By Jenna Lippin In recent years flooring giants have been helping their aligned dealers gain traction online via Promoboxx, a unique digital marketing platform that connects national brands and local retailers to drive sales. In the flooring realm, Promoboxx connects manufacturers with their retailer members at the local level. Mohawk and Shaw have used the service to create digital marketing campaigns that highlight both brands and dealers...

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Update: The latest in retail flooring software

January 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Update: The latest in retail flooring software

Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By Jenna Lippin In the age of technology that seems to evolve daily, businesses of all kinds need to stay ahead of the curve to deliver to end users. Flooring retailers are no exception, with a plethora of software options that offer inventory tracking, financial organization, customer databases and more. FCNews caught up with top software companies in the industry to find out what’s on deck for 2016. Dancik For...

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Guest Column: Smartphone technology trains dealers' salespeople

January 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Guest Column: Smartphone technology trains dealers' salespeople

Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By Steve Damerow You can’t successfully sell product if your sales team doesn’t know and appreciate its attributes—and this requires a significant amount of time, effort and training for both the dealer and salesperson alike. The key to training salespeople and installers about the competitive advantages of multiple products is getting and keeping their attention, appealing to “what’s in it for them” through rewards and making the process fun and...

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Flooring America: Driving technology in a digital world

January 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Flooring America: Driving technology in a digital world

January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15 By Ken Ryan National Harbor, Md.—When Flooring America leaders Keith Spano, president, and Frank Chiera, vice president of marketing and advertising, first made technology a priority, it would be accurate to say not all group members shared the same passion. Spano and Chiera are two young executives who saw how the digital space was transforming business and knew their flooring dealers needed to embrace it or be left behind....

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New technology enhances retail flooring operations

March 10, 2014 | Comments Off on New technology enhances retail flooring operations

 Volume 27/Number 21; March 3/10, 2014  By Ken Ryan Software suppliers continue to introduce feature-enriched products and enhancements designed to help retailers operate faster, smarter and more efficiently—all in the name of being more profitable. A number of players showcased their latest wares at Surfaces, where they demonstrated new features in areas such as customer relationship management (CRM), cloud processing technology, inventory and stock checking, and warehouse operations. Following is a rundown of some of...

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Digital inkjet technology: A revolutionary development

March 10, 2014 | Comments Off on Digital inkjet technology: A revolutionary development

How it’s changing the industry one tile at a time Volume 27/Number 21; March 3/10, 2014 By Louis Iannaco “It will revolutionize the industry.” “It’s a game-changer.”  “The business is never going to be the same.” When it comes to new products and innovations, we’ve heard it all before. But just how many times has a real change actually happened? It is a rare instance when something new turns out to be truly revolutionary in...

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