It has certainly been a rough ride for the industry the last four to five years, with sales off anywhere from 25% to 40% depending on the area of the country and the product category. Caught in the middle of all this are flooring distribu- tors who have had to reinvent their businesses in order to remain relevant to both their suppliers and retail customers. FCNews’ annual survey of the distribution channel reveals how industry distributors have done over the last 12 months. While most of the top players continued in their role, there was quite a bit of shuffling in the order in which they are now ranked. And, when broken down by resilient, hardwood and laminate distribution, there was more than just shuffling as a number of new names appear on this year’s listings. Continue reading Distribution: Top wholesalers revealed in FCNews' survey
NORWALK, CONN.—Metroflor Corporation named the Cronin Company as its new distributor in servicing the Pacific Northwest, and has expanded the territory of one of its existing distributors, Tri-West Ltd.
Economic turmoil remains the key issue for just about every business in the supply chain. For the distribution sector, the end of 2009 and the first 10 months of this year have been a mixed bag, as much depends on which part of the country they service. Nonetheless, the top players overall and within each flooring category managed to maintain their positions within the hierarchy of distributors. Continue reading Distribution Special: FCNew's annual survey reveals top wholesalers