Inside FCNews

  • Retailer education: Proven methods to boost business

    This FCNews Retailer Education series, sponsored by 3M, is designed to help retailers develop ways to improve their business. April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Lindsay Baillie   Whether you are a veteran in the retail flooring industry or just starting out, there is always room for improvement. As consumer confidence continues to increase, now is the time to implement change, drive more traffic to your store and

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    NFA members tackle the issues in unison

    April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Steven Feldman Lake Tahoe, Calif.—When the 42 members of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) convene three times each year, the sharing of ideas, listening to relevant speakers and furthering intimate relationships with vendors are the focal points. The spring gathering, held here earlier this month, was no exception. Digital marketing is on every retailer’s mind these days, and to that end discussions

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    NWFA: Education, training take center stage at annual expo

    April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   Phoenix—There was certainly no shortage of dazzling wood floors, accessories and installation tools on display here earlier this month at the annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) convention. But make no mistake: The focus of this event—which is geared specifically to hardwood flooring contractors, distributors and specialty retailers—is on education, training and certification. To that end, during the opening

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    Coverings 2017: What’s old is new again

    April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Nadia Ramlakhan   Orlando—Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, returned to a familiar location earlier this month after being hosted in Chicago in 2016. Roughly 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries showcased the latest trends, technologies and styling techniques in their respective categories across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space. According to many show veterans, Orlando is an attraction

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    Resilient sheet price hikes on the horizon

    April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   Mannington, Shaw and Forbo are among the suppliers raising prices on resilient flooring, mainly sheet vinyl. The price hikes—which are the result of increased costs of raw materials, transportation and manufacturing—are set to take effect in May. Mannington is implementing a 3% to 6% price increase on select residential vinyl sheet products in the U.S. and Canada. “Continued increases

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    Karndean expands portfolio with rigid core rollout

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has taken the wraps off Korlok, a new rigid core floor that was more than three years in the making. The new line features several elements that are meant to enhance speed and ease of installation; in this case, the objective was to construct a floor that would be suitable for projects that needed to be completed quickly. “We

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    ProMat aims to ease specification process

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Pro Material Solutions (ProMat) was created as a way for commercial contractors, designers and architects to manage product data for any given project. “We are simply a database for the industry,” said Jerry Freeman, IIDA, president of ProMat. The company provides users with a plethora of tools including a project binder, a specification download button, a palette builder

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    Marketing Online: 10 tips to help you create an effective social media strategy

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   For many retailers, jumping into social media is similar to exploring uncharted territory. It is unfamiliar, time consuming and poses the risk of failure/getting lost. However, now more than ever, social media has become a crucial part of the consumer’s search for products and services. If you are not maintaining your presence on social media, you run the

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    Resilient: Fiberglass-backed sheet expands its base

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   Fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl is the unsung hero of the resilient flooring category—a product with characteristics that match up well with its more famous cousin, LVT, yet at a price point suppliers say is very competitive. Given its well-documented performance attributes, sheet vinyl represents the best value on the market on an installed cost basis, manufacturers say. Within the

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    Novalis, partners support worthy cause

    Coalition helps flood-ravaged Louisiana communities begin rebuilding process March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   For a storm with no name, it sure inflicted a lot of destruction on Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The storm rolled in on Aug. 12, 2016, with more than three times the amount of rainfall than Hurricane Katrina, the massive superstorm that ravaged Louisiana back in 2005. Over the

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    Mannington works with Gary Sinise Foundation to aid veterans

    Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills recently partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, which builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans. Mannington

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    Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund awards scholarship winners

    Commack, N.Y.—The Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund has released this year’s recipients of the 33rd annual Francis J.P. McHale Scholarship and Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry

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    Karndean to spotlight new hospitality floors at HD Expo

    Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring will showcase its full hospitality product portfolio, featuring new product ranges and installation clinics, at HD Expo 2017 located in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Karndean offers an

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