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    Retail roundup: Despite challenges, dealers remain hopeful

Retail roundup: Despite challenges, dealers remain hopeful

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Reginald Tucker   At Enhance Floors & More in Marietta, Ga., hard surface sales—especially wood—are driving the business, noted Elisabeth Stubbs, owner. A little farther south at Taylor Carpet One in Fort Myers, Fla., residents’ seasonal migration patterns are expected to boost business. “Our northern winter residents returning should continue to keep the momentum going for a strong end to the year,”

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    Galleher, Quad-C seal the deal on ownership stake

Galleher, Quad-C seal the deal on ownership stake

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—Galleher, the No. 5 ranked flooring wholesaler among FCNews’ top 20 distributors with 2017 sales projected at $198 million, has closed an investment with Quad-C Management, whereby the private equity firm will take a majority stake in Galleher. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Quad-C deal marks the second major transaction Galleher has

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    CLL: Linoleum flooring installers can pour

CLL: Linoleum flooring installers can pour

Corques Liquid Lino system makes North American debut October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Reginald Tucker   Dallas—It pours like creamy buttermilk pancake batter, but dries like solid linoleum. That’s how several people who were on hand here earlier this month to witness the first U.S. demonstration of Duracryl’s Corques Liquid Lino (CLL) describe how it goes down on the job site. Already in widespread use in Europe—particularly

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My Take: Installation—It’s time for the call to action

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Steven Feldman   We forever talk about the shortage of installers, to the point of often dubbing this the “installation crisis,” but how many of us are doing anything about it? I mean, many retailers throughout the country are finding innovative ways to recruit, train and retain mechanics, but unless you’ve spent the last decade burying your head in the sand like

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    California recycling bill signed into law

California recycling bill signed into law

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Ken Ryan   The two major carpet mills and industry trade associations gave a thumbs down to California’s new carpet recycling law, which will require manufacturers selling carpet in the state to implement a stewardship program that sets a carpet recycling goal of 24% by 2020. At stake here, observers say, is the risk of losing carpet sales in a state of

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    Marketing mastery: The best social media platforms for business

Marketing mastery: The best social media platforms for business

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Jim Augustus Armstrong   I sometimes hear busy flooring dealers make comments such as, “I keep hearing about the different social media platforms I should be using to market my business, but there are so many. I just can’t keep up.” It’s understandable for dealers to feel this way because there are a ton of options available. If you’re struggling to choose

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    Lisbiz Strategies: Add email marketing to your digital strategy

Lisbiz Strategies: Add email marketing to your digital strategy

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Digital marketing uses online channels and methods that allow you to analyze what is and isn’t working. Because we’re talking about electronic media, this analysis can be done immediately. You can make changes on the spot if something isn’t working, which is not always possible with every marketing channel. When I was in the retail business, I used weekly

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    Thabet receives FCNews’ Lifetime  Achievement Award

Thabet receives FCNews’ Lifetime Achievement Award

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9   St. Georges, Quebec, Canada—Pierre Thabet, owner of Boa-Franc, makers of the Mirage prefinished hardwood flooring brand, was honored Sept. 14 with Floor Covering News’ sixth annual Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Thabet by publisher and editorial director Steven Feldman, associate publisher Dustin Aaronson and sales associate Nadia Ramlakhan at Boa-Franc’s headquarters here. Floor Covering News established the

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    Fantasy Football for a Cause: 12 charities included in FCNews’ annual fundraiser

Fantasy Football for a Cause: 12 charities included in FCNews’ annual fundraiser

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7   The Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league closed this year with 12 teams. All are playing for worthy causes as seen in the box below. Each team pledged $5,000 for a total of $60,000, which will be divided as follows: $10,000 to the winner’s charity $7,500 to the runner-up’s cause $5,000 to the third-place team $4,000 to the fourth-place

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My take: Make no mistake—The future of retail is here

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Steven Feldman   What does Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods mean to you? Probably nothing. Possibly everything. At the very least, if you are a Whole Foods shopper, you are going to see lower prices. Gone are the days of referring to Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck.” It happened immediately after the $13.7 billion deal closed Aug. 28. Shoppers realized an instantaneous

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    Lanning to stay on as Haines senior CEO advisor

Lanning to stay on as Haines senior CEO advisor

Glen Burnie, Md.—Haines’ Hoy Lanning has agreed to stay with the company as senior CEO advisor. Lanning originally planned to retire at the end of 2017. After working with the new leadership team at Haines there was mutual agreement for Lanning to remain as part of the executive leadership team for the foreseeable future. “We have worked very hard the last three years integrating Haines and CMH,” Lanning said. “The

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    FCLC holds strategic planning meeting, funds installation research

FCLC holds strategic planning meeting, funds installation research

Orlando, Fla.—The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) held its annual fall meeting Aug. 16, here, in conjunction with the Second Annual Installation Summit. The primary focus of the FCLC meeting was to hold a facilitated strategic planning session designed to prioritize objectives and confirm a plan of action for the coming year. Volunteer leaders and executive staff from 11 flooring associations participated in the meeting. The FCLC noted it cannot

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Al’s Column: Turning good leaders into great ones

August 14/21, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Lisbeth Calandrino Does your retail flooring store have an effective sales manager? The most important ‘product’ a company owns is its employees. Unfortunately, many store owners spend more time worrying about the merchandise they’re buying than their employees. With TISE on the horizon, this is the perfect time to engage your sales managers into learning new skills and get them motivated and

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Emser Tile expands East Coast, Midwest operations

Suffolk, Va.–Emser Tile has opened its third distribution center in North America. This Suffolk, Va., location will service the growing East Coast and Midwest markets. The distribution center expands the company’s resources to account for a growing product portfolio and increased customer demand. The new 400,000-square-foot distribution center, with the capacity to expand to 850,000 square feet, stems from Emser Tile’s considerable growth and increased inventory, and supports Emser Tile’s

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Crossville launches new porcelain tile collection

Crossville, Tenn.–Crossville has announced its latest porcelain tile collection, Notorious. The line is created with warm, neutral tones in the sophisticated look of concrete, delivering high impact design style and offering the strong technical performance expected of porcelain tile. Complimentary samples of the new product may be ordered on crossvilleinc.com. “This line is all about inviting designers to mix and match to create their own surfacing solutions,” said Lindsey Waldrep,

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Couristan bolsters sales team

Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives

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WF Taylor, Smell Away Solutions form strategic alliance

Overland Park, Kansas—WF Taylor and Smell Away Solutions have established a strategic relationship for Taylor to distribute the Smell Zapper line of odor elimination products throughout the United States. WF

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WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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