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Tarkett to unveil NYC Atelier showroom, event space

Tarkett's New York Atelier will serve as a flooring showroom as well as a destination for a series of curated exhibits.

New York— Tarkett is set to launch its New York Atelier, located adjacent to one of the main design districts on Madison Avenue. Designed by Huntsman Architectural Group, this 10,000-square-foot space is designed as a modular, sophisticated, co-creation workspace. It is meant to inspire collaboration and creativity and encourage the design community to use it as a destination for hosting events and presentations.

Through a partnership with trend studio Edelkoort Inc., the space will also be a destination for a series of curated exhibits. With a larger footprint in New York City, the Atelier offers the opportunity to experience all Tarkett solutions in one space and will house a variety of flooring platforms, including LVT, broadloom, modular carpet, Powerbond, rubber, Lino, VET, SVT and vinyl sheet.

“We listened to the NYC A&D community about what they wanted out of a space,” said Chris Stulpin, chief creative officer for Tarkett North America. “They wanted a space where they could be inspired and perhaps learn something (Edelkoort revolving exhibits), they wanted a space where they could work and lay out projects (co-working area), they wanted a space to socialize (communal dining table, open kitchen and staircase), that was really flexible (mobile conference rooms) and they wanted a space where they could easily interact with our brand (accessible samples—help yourself). All these considerations were embedded into the design for our customers’ experience. You can come to our space to work, play, meet up and be inspired.”

Tarkett will celebrate the grand opening of its New York Atelier October 30, with an invitation-only panel discussion called Circular by Design, curated by trend studio Edelkoort Inc., and featuring Jessica Schreiber of Fabscrap, Dhruv Raina of Tarkett and designers Suzanne Tick and Zero Waste Daniel, moderated by trend analyst Philip Fimmano of Edelkoort.

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Xpress Global Systems expands into eastern Pennsylvania

Allentown, Pa.–Xpress Global Systems (XGS) has expanded into eastern Pennsylvania by opening a new service center, near here. The facility is located on the banks of the Lehigh River in the nearby borough of Fountain Hill. The company said it expects to employ office personnel, warehouse workers and truck drivers on both a full-time and part-time basis.

“I am very excited about opening this strategic location in eastern Pennsylvania,” said Jeff Null, vice president – operations. “We continue to see strong growth in our company, and this facility is necessary to provide increased capacity to our network. We look forward to welcoming our new associates to the XGS team and to continue delivering excellent service to our customers.”

In addition to offering LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) transportation solutions, the company also provides warehousing and distribution services across the country with more than a million square feet of storage in key demographic locations.

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Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25

By Reginald Tucker

In today’s hypercompetitive distribution economy, it’s no longer enough to simply move products from point A to point B. In order to gain an advantage, wholesalers must also go above and beyond by offering value-added services to manufacturers and retailers alike.

That’s precisely the edge that Xpress Global Systems, formerly Crown Transport, claims to offer its partners across the supply chain. “We’re the largest nationwide transportation hauler for the floor covering industry,” said Darrel Harris, CEO of the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based distributor. “Xpress Global is a company that’s been around for 40 years.”

According to Harris, Xpress Global Systems’ fleet entails nearly 300 trucks, and the company owns roughly 600 pieces of trailing equipment. From a logistics standpoint, about 75% of its freight originates out of Dalton, with approximately 20% coming out of the Southern California area.

“The majority of our business that we handle is LTL—less than truckload—shipments predominantly for floor covering businesses,” Harris explained. “We also have a fair amount of our business dedicated to warehousing. We store freight for our customers, and most of the time that freight then finds its way onto our trucks for local distribution.”

Xpress Global Systems also maintains a brokerage division (XTMS) that’s able to arrange transportation, truckload brokerage and LTL if it’s outside the scope of the company’s normal activities. Operating out of Xpress Global System’s Tunnel Hill, Ga., facility, XTMS is designed to provide additional services for the company’s large customer base in the region.

Harris cites additional competitive advantages. “By far it’s our expertise in handling floor covering, specifically rolled goods. Our employees are very well trained, experts in their field. It’s a type of product that requires special handling. You hear so many different stories in the industry about carpet being damaged when shipped using general commodity carriers. It’s not that we never had that problem, but it’s a very low claims percentage. Less than half of 1% of our shipments result in a claim, because we take great care of our equipment. Plus, our network is set up to make sure the carpet is handled properly.”

But it’s not just soft goods. Xpress Global is also equipped to handle pallets of hard surface products such as LVT. “We really put a big focus on the hard surface of segment of the business,” Harris said. “What’s really good about it from a transportation perspective is those goods commingle well in a transportation mode. Over the past few years we have really put a focus on exploring those opportunities with our customers.”

Creative solutions 

Xpress Global Systems also excels in what Harris refers to as “reverse logistics.” For example, if freight is delivered to a retailer but the shipment is rejected, Xpress can arrange to send it back to the originating mill. “We can assist the retailer for any reason that might create a scenario where they would need to return the product,” Harris explained.

Another competitive advantage Xpress Global Systems offers is its sheer size and scale. “There’s no one that has the broad coverage area to match our 33 facilities across the country,” Harris said. “That is something that’s very unique and special in this particular space focused on floor covering.”

So why would a retailer prefer to have Xpress Global ship their products from a mill as opposed to just paying the mill to have the product shipped to them? Harris explains the thought process. “What we find is many retailers don’t always take the time to really understand their overall freight costs or the logistics behind it. So there could be significant cost savings with us. Also, we have capabilities in so many different areas that are all built around floor covering, which translates into other solutions we could bring to the table that they might not even be aware of. For example, we can store goods for clients in various parts of the country without them having to spend the extra funds to basically put brick-and-mortar facilities in. In essence, they can use our facilities as an opportunity to position their freight for their customers, and we can  handle shipping it out for them. So there’s just a lot of creative things we can do by opening up those discussions directly with the retailers.”

Robbie White, senior manager of distribution and logistics for Beauflor, is a believer. “Xpress Global has given us a lot of capacity that we didn’t have. But they have also worked with us on drop trailers, especially on nationwide coverage of rolled goods. With the proactive reporting they provide, we don’t have to wait on exceptions to come up. They’re really good at managing those exceptions for us.”

Other Xpress Global Systems customers attest to the distributor’s high level of service. Jared Warnack, vice president of Lowe’s division for Phenix Flooring, has been a client for more than 15 years—and for good reason. “They are a very integral part of our company. They service the majority of the nation for us, and they do a wonderful job.”

Warnack attributes that track record to the leadership at Xpress Global Systems. “When Darrel Harris [CEO] came on board, he changed some of the policies to help improve customer focus. For example, he created a customer advisory board comprising logistics personnel from most of their major manufacturer customers, and we talk about issues we face every day in the industry. Xpress Global Systems then uses that feedback to improve their service and offerings. That’s why so many specialty retailers and big box stores use them as their preferred carrier.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Xpress Global Systems opens new service center in Miami

Chattanooga, Tenn.—Xpress Global Systems (XGS) is expanding operations with the opening of a new 20,000-square-foot service center in Miami. The state-of-the-art facility will service the lower region of the state through the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys.

“Miami is the first of several expansion markets planned for XGS in 2018,” said Darrel Harris, CEO, XGS. “We continue to optimize our network to provide more direct service areas for our customers.  Our goal is to continue enhancing our service levels, with the reliability and claims-free handling our floor covering partners have come to expect.”

With more than four decades of experience in serving the transportation needs of the floor covering industry XGS has an extensive track record of success in handling a range of flooring surfaces, including carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile and rugs. Harris continued, “We are excited to bring XGS’ commitment to service and its unrivaled expertise to the Miami area.”

XGS, which began 40 years ago as a long-haul shipper for the carpet industry, has expanded to 670 employees in 33 terminals, servicing over 90% of the U.S. population.

For more information, visit xgsi.com.