Technology

    Technology: Emser Tile, Chameleon Power test virtual reality tool

Technology: Emser Tile, Chameleon Power test virtual reality tool

February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Nicole Murray   Las Vegas—Emser Tile and Chameleon Power gave Surfaces attendees a “virtual” first look at an innovative tool that allows consumers to browse through products using high-tech goggles and sophisticated software. The program essentially lets users design their household in the virtual world to see what the final product will look like prior to purchase and installation. How it

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    Technology: Quick-Step helps dealers take digital leap

Technology: Quick-Step helps dealers take digital leap

February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Lindsay Baillie   Quick-Step, known for its laminate, hardwood and luxury vinyl flooring, is also making strides in helping retailers on the digital marketing front. Three of its most recent programs—Blogger Influencer Outreach, Quick-Step Toolbox and Style My Floor—all provide retailers with materials to help digitally inform and inspire consumers, close sales and bring customers from the retailers’ websites into their

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    Technology: Xintory links buyers and sellers of overstock goods

Technology: Xintory links buyers and sellers of overstock goods

February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Reginald Tucker   Of the many challenges facing the flooring industry, dealing with excess inventory, seconds, drops and outdated samples is high on the list. This should come as no surprise given the relatively high rate of product turnover in flooring. However, one company has developed an innovative, high-tech solution to this perennial problem. Brooklandville, Md.-based Xintory (short for “inventory exchange”)

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    Technology: My Flooring Warranty helps retailers stay relevant

Technology: My Flooring Warranty helps retailers stay relevant

February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Nicole Murray   Las Vegas—Retail experts believe the key to generating repeat business and developing long-term relationships with customers lies in maintaining consistent contact even after the job is complete. My Flooring Warranty says it offers the tools to help floor covering dealers accomplish that goal. How it works: My Flooring Warranty takes customers’ data into a portal and strategically plans

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    Technology: Latest software offers add-ons, mobile solutions for dealers

Technology: Latest software offers add-ons, mobile solutions for dealers

February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Lindsay Baillie   Las Vegas—Software manufacturers continue to meet the demands of retailers, commercial contractors and installers, providing programs for virtually every facet of their operations. Whether it is business management, estimating, measuring or lead-management software, these providers are tapping into browser- and cloud-based systems to make their programs easier to use and mobile. Following is an overview of some of

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    Social Media: How to create an eye-catching Instagram profile

Social Media: How to create an eye-catching Instagram profile

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Ayme Sinclair, marketing director, Stanton Carpet Now that you know Instagram and its 500 million-plus users is the best platform to use to build an audience at virtually no cost, the next step is to set up your account. It all starts with a good profile. Remember, first impressions are everything, so if a user isn’t already familiar with you, then your

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    Solutions: Mohawk arms its aligned dealers with tools for success

Solutions: Mohawk arms its aligned dealers with tools for success

December 19/26, 2016; Volume 31, Number 14 By Lindsay Baillie   Dallas—If one thing was made clear at the Solutions convention here recently, it’s Mohawk’s unwavering commitment to the success of its retailer partners. From a bevy of new innovations spanning the entire soft and hard surface spectrum to refreshed displays and digital marketing tools, Mohawk is working hard to help retailers achieve their goals in 2017 and beyond. The

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    Hmbox: A novel way to measure vapor emissions

Hmbox: A novel way to measure vapor emissions

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13 By Lindsay Baillie The creator of Fidbox—an electronic device installed underneath a wood floor that logs environmental condition data—has unveiled Hmbox, a handy digital device that installers can use as a moisture and temperature measuring device. User friendly and non-destructive, Hmbox provides accurate data to determine the potential for a proper floor covering installation. “The Hmbox monitors the job site and vapor emissions

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    Mohawk’s Omnify gives dealers proven tools to succeed

Mohawk’s Omnify gives dealers proven tools to succeed

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Steven Feldman Mohawk is gearing up for 2017 by arming its aligned dealers with a bevy of tools to help them effectively battle in an increasingly competitive retail landscape. Aside from a plethora of new product innovations across its soft and hard surface platforms, Mohawk is unveiling a new marketing innovation that will enable aligned dealers to easily integrate their in-store experience

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    Technology: New software aims to maximize efficiency

Technology: New software aims to maximize efficiency

December 5/12, 2016: Volume 31, Number 13 By Lindsay Baillie Flooring industry software developers are constantly upgrading their programs to help retailers, installers and contractors become more efficient at estimating, measuring, job scheduling and inventory management. Following is an overview of programs designed to help maximize efficiency for both retail and commercial operations. American Business Software (ABS) ABS’s FloorPro III ERP is an industry-specific system designed to handle most office

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    Software: Technology enhances the consumer’s buying experience

Software: Technology enhances the consumer’s buying experience

November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11 By Terry Wheat, president, RFMS There is a critical need to improve the buying experience of a floor covering consumer. Flooring retailers are not just competing with big box stores; they are also going up against other channels—many of which offer an enhanced buying experience. So how can technology bring an enhanced buying experience to a floor covering store? By giving the salesperson

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    Digital Marketing: Buying groups hop on the mobile bandwagon

Digital Marketing: Buying groups hop on the mobile bandwagon

November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11 By Ken Ryan Attend any flooring buying group convention these days and be prepared for an onslaught of digital dialogue covering the full spectrum of online and mobile marketing, as well as a plethora of social media strategies to help independent dealers compete in this rapidly changing mobile landscape. Here are what some of the buying groups are up to: Abbey Carpet &

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    Digital Marketing: Novalis uses digital strategy to enhance its family of brands

Digital Marketing: Novalis uses digital strategy to enhance its family of brands

November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11 By Ken Ryan Novalis Innovative Flooring is emerging as a forceful player in the LVT/WPC market, thanks in large part to a strategy to drive its brands through digital and social platforms. In just two years, Novalis has grown from a neophyte in the digital space to a company with a well-rounded and robust digital strategy. According to Julie Foster, product and marketing

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    Technology: New measuring tools, updates aim to streamline estimating tasks

Technology: New measuring tools, updates aim to streamline estimating tasks

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Reginald Tucker Developers of measuring software and total retail management systems providers are enhancing their product offerings with new features and benefits. Following is an overview of what’s new and improved: Comp-U-Floor The Comp-U-Floor point of sales system—which interfaces with MeasureSquare’s mobile system—has been enhanced to further expedite measurement and estimating tasks for installers. How it works: A retailer, contractor or installer

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    Technology: 2015 innovations change the estimating game

Technology: 2015 innovations change the estimating game

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Ken Ryan Some call it disruptive technology; others call it game changing. Whatever the characterization, today’s software innovations are allowing flooring dealers and installers the ability to access important information in real time. The end result is a vastly improved, seamless sales experience. What was traditionally done with graph paper, pencil, digital camera, tape measure, calculator and even desktop computer can now

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Amorim Revestimentos invests 10 million euros in Hydrocork

São Paio de Oleiros, Portugal—After only two years of Hydrocork’s launch, Amorim Revestimentos is taking a significant step and investing 10 million euros in its production infrastructure and procedures. This

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UofCTS releases updated ITS Verification course

San Diego, Calif.—The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has released an updated version of the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. Both the USA and Canadian versions of this

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Gerflor USA increased LVT shipping in 2016

Chicago—In 2016, Gerflor USA recorded a 500% increase in LVT shipments from its Chicago-based warehouse from June 2015-December 2016—significantly exceeding its U.S. growth goals. Contributing to Gerflor’s significant growth of

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