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Alliance Flooring: Group members supported by ‘Pillars of success’

by Jenna Lippin

Orlando, Fla.—Alliance Flooring, a retail-licensing group now representing more than 450 flooring retail locations across the U.S., hosted its annual convention, March 23 to 26 here under the theme “Drive 2013—Pillars of Success.” Continue reading Alliance Flooring: Group members supported by ‘Pillars of success’

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Credit gives retailers a boost in sales

By Emily J. Cappiello

One of the most important ways to increase floor covering sales is credit. When the economy dipped, consumers had a hard time getting credit, but now that consumer spending has increased, credit lenders like GE Capital, TD Retail Card Services and Wells Fargo are ensuring retailers have the means to create blossoming sales.

Private-label credit cards are one way retailers offer credit to consumers. “It gives the consumer an unencumbered line of credit that doesn’t impact her ability to use her Visa/Mastercard/Amex in her daily life,” said Marc Sczesnak, president of Mahwah, N.J.-based TD Retail Card Services, the private label credit card division of TD Bank N.A. “A private label card also provides lower-cost financing and longer-term payment options than a bank card.” He added that financing plans, such as no-interest programs from six to 60 months, can help a consumer pay less in interest and obtain a manageable monthly payment that enables her to make larger purchases. Continue reading Credit gives retailers a boost in sales

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Providing help to retailers: who’s doing what

By  Matthew Spieler

(First of two parts)

When it comes to giving retailers the necessary ammunition to succeed, there are plenty of options from which to choose as just about every segment of the industry provides some type of resource or tool for dealers to allow customers to prosper and grow their business.

These tools are numerous—from educational training to professional marketing services to social media and more. In many cases most are offered at no charge. Even when there is a charge to improve oneself, there are ways for retailers to offset some or all of it depending on their affiliation with an association, buying group or manufacturer. Continue reading Providing help to retailers: who’s doing what

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Shaw named Alliance Flooring hard surface supplier of the year

Dalton—Alliance  Flooring, parent of CarpetsPlus, Carpet Tile and Carpetland Color Tile retail stores, has named Shaw as its Hard Surface Supplier of the Year. Shaw received the award at the annual Alliance Flooring convention held at the Orlando Gaylord Hotel in Orlando, Fla., on March 14. Continue reading Shaw named Alliance Flooring hard surface supplier of the year

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Beaulieu Awarded CarpetsPlus “Supplier of the Year”

Dalton, Ga.—CarpetsPlus, Color Tile and Carpetland stores of Alliance Flooring recognized Beaulieu of America as “Soft Surface Vendor of the Year.” This was the first time for Beaulieu to be so honored by the nationwide chain of over 450 stores. The award was presented at the company’s annual convention at the Orlando Gaylord Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Continue reading Beaulieu Awarded CarpetsPlus “Supplier of the Year”

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Alliance Flooring uses web, private labeling to ‘drive’ sales

ORLANDO, FLA—Alliance Flooring’s annual convention here was themed with one word: Drive. Commonly used in this industry to facilitate store traffic and sales, close to 450 members of CarpetsPlus, Colortile, Carpetland and Floorco were asked to use the word as a metaphor for the journey of today’s state of business. Continue reading Alliance Flooring uses web, private labeling to ‘drive’ sales

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Giving credit to credit: Private label availability can draw consumers to your store

In the current economy, people are doing a lot more with a lot less, but this seems to be good news for the credit industry. Despite some widely held, pessimistic assumptions, there is still plenty of credit to go around. With consumer confidence on the rise, mirrored by a cautious increase in spending, enough time has passed since the implementation of the CARD Act to assess its affect on the buying climate. Continue reading Giving credit to credit: Private label availability can draw consumers to your store

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Credit still available: End users drawn to long-term loans

Last May, when the biggest change in consumer credit protection in over 40 years was passed, the economy was still on a downward spiral. One year later, with consumer spending up 3.6% from the same time last year, effects of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) finally have some spending behind it.

Though many lenders, buying groups and retailers reported seeing little change in day-to-day business due to the CARD Act, several legislative adjustments were made. As of Feb. 15, promotions less than six months in length will be discontinued—it is the end of the 90 days with no interest offering. “No pay” pro- motions will also be discontinued and require no advertising or offers to consumers after Jan. 3 of this year. Continue reading Credit still available: End users drawn to long-term loans