NAFCD, NBMDA join forces for ‘Marketplace’

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on NAFCD, NBMDA join forces for ‘Marketplace’

CHICAGO—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) will present the inaugural NAFCD & NBMDA Distributor Marketplace from Nov. 16 to 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. This new and improved event for distributors and manufacturers within the floor covering, specialty building material and woodworking distribution channels combines the best of both association legacy events to provide distributors with more thoughtful sessions on the trends shaping our...

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WONZ sponsors Wool for a Better World

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on WONZ sponsors Wool for a Better World

MARIETTA, GA.,—Wool flooring will be front and center this November when Wools of New Zealand (WONZ) kicks off its Wool for a Better World promotion that includes benefits for consumers, retailers and suppliers. WONZ’ participating mill partners will offer Premier Partner retailers at least 10% off wholesale prices for its branded products during the promotion, beginning Nov. 1. (more…)

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Anderson receives Pinchot award for sustainability

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Anderson receives Pinchot award for sustainability

HOUSTON—Anderson Hardwood Floors has long been lauded as not only an environmentally responsible manufacturer but for working to make the industry more sustainable, and last month the company’s efforts were recognized with the Hardwood Forestry Fund’s (HFF) Gifford Pinchot Award. The highly acclaimed award was given by the non-profit HFF to Anderson for outstanding contributions of employees toward advancing conservation interpretation and education, while caring for the land and serving people. (more…)

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Evolution of locking systems propels category

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Evolution of locking systems propels category

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the hot commodity in the resilient category, capturing nearly 8% of the total market in 2009 (FCNews, June 28). Part of what’s driving demand for LVT is the locking technology it employs, making it one of the easiest installs in the flooring industry. While 8% may seem like an insignificant number, one would do well to remember that LVT is a relatively new resilient product, especially when positioned next to...

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Scotchgard Protector leverages brand equity with sustainability

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Scotchgard Protector leverages brand equity with sustainability

As national sales manager for 3M in charge of the Scotchgard brand, Jim Stevens doesn’t have to spend a lot of time explaining who 3M is or what Scotchgard represents. With a consumer brand recognition of 96%, Scotchgard is one of the most recognizable and trusted brands in the consumer products industry. “That’s the good thing, the easy part,” he said. (more…)

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Executives see mechanical locking systems on the rise for hardwood

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Executives see mechanical locking systems on the rise for hardwood

While mechanical locking systems have been all the rage in the laminate segment for over a decade, it is only within the last few years they have made their way into the hardwood category in earnest. And for those wood flooring manufacturers wanting to reach an audience interested in glueless installations, the timing and technology inherit in locking systems couldn’t be better. “I personally see a growing trend in the use of mechanical locking systems...

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From industry to consumer, websites command attention

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on From industry to consumer, websites command attention

The Internet is an essential element of any business. With a staggering 80% of consumers researching online before ever entering a store, businesses without a strong, updated website are doing themselves a great disservice if not part of that process. If your company is not part of her floor covering education, you will most likely not be part of her purchasing process either. “We’ve learned the Internet is the most commonly used tool to learn...

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Avaire ‘clicking’ on all cylinders, coverage extended across the country

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Avaire ‘clicking’ on all cylinders, coverage extended across the country

PORTLAND, ORE.—Avaire, the revolutionary floating porcelain tile system, is poised for exponential growth. Over the past few months, the company has launched five major distributors, giving it coverage across more than 90% of North America. The most recent quintet to sign on were J.J. Haines in the Mid-Atlantic region, Belknap White in New England, Buckwold Western in western Canada, StevensOmni in eastern Canada and Wanke Cascade in the Pacific Northwest. The commonality is that all...

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CRM software key to running an efficient, profitable business

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on CRM software key to running an efficient, profitable business

Generally speaking, every company that has had even a modicum of success has some type of customer relationship management (CRM) strategy in place. In today’s fast-paced, highly competitive business climate, having a system is one thing; having one that helps put your business ahead of everyone is something else. While many equate CRM to computer programs, technically speaking it is not a piece of software as CRM actually predates machines. It is also not an...

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Category launched locking and is still evolving

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Category launched locking and is still evolving

From the moment the first laminate flooring products landed in the U.S., no other category has done as much to change the industry. From manufacturing all the way to installation, the segment has had an influence on every other flooring category. Case in point is the mechanical locking system. Introduced in the mid to late 1990s, this glueless installation method not only added terms such as “click” and “snap” to the industry’s vernacular along with...

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