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    Declining retail traffic is not necessarily bad

Declining retail traffic is not necessarily bad

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   For all the efforts to increase store traffic through search engine optimization and other lead generation tools, the consensus is that fewer customers are walking into flooring retail stores today than they did five years ago—a trend that is likely to continue, observers say. This is true across all segments of brick-and-mortar retail. Despite the fact roughly 90% of

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    Secret sauce: How flooring dealers thrive no matter the economic climate

Secret sauce: How flooring dealers thrive no matter the economic climate

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 6 By K.J. Quinn   The evolving retail landscape is causing flooring retailers to take a hard look at how they conduct business. Large and small store owners are embracing new ideas, entering new product categories and altering their sales and marketing approaches. Yet, some retailers—no matter what they do—continue to struggle. Unable to compete, they’re being swallowed up or boarded up, observers say.

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    Does Amazon pose a threat to flooring? Dealers say: ‘bring it on!’

Does Amazon pose a threat to flooring? Dealers say: ‘bring it on!’

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Ken Ryan   What if you’re a flooring retailer and you wake up tomorrow with the news that Amazon has entered your space. It’s an unlikely event, but not completely far-fetched—not the way things are going for the online giant. Amazon has been shaking up the retail landscape over the last few years and may not be done. Besides Whole Foods, which

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    Flooring dealers laud mills’ decision to reinstate terms

Flooring dealers laud mills’ decision to reinstate terms

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Ken Ryan   Specialty flooring dealers who say their profits rely heavily on term discounts offered by the two major mills applauded Mohawk and Shaw for reinstating terms on residential carpet products. Terms are percentage discounts for paying bills within a certain time frame, often within 10 days of receipt of invoice. Terms are a huge deal for legions of flooring dealers,

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    Mid-year report: After dull half, dealers, distributors hope for rally

Mid-year report: After dull half, dealers, distributors hope for rally

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Ken Ryan   Following a first half that some flooring retailers and distributors described as “fair at best” and “lackluster,” industry executives are hoping the second half will yield more robust activity. At the same time, however, they expressed concern that pent-up demand remains bottled up and could dampen what many hoped would be a strong 2017. To be sure, some dealers reported

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CFI expands footprint in Canada

Forney, Texas—The International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) continues to expand its presence in Canada. A new free-standing facility in Toronto, Ontario, will open in April and be overseen by

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Dal-Tile launches new ‘Why Tile’ campaign on National Tile Day

Dallas—Dal-Tile is officially launching its own “Why Tile” campaign on National Tile Day 2018. The campaign is designed to complement the Tile Council of North America’s ongoing Why Tile campaign

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Armstrong Flooring recognizes excellence in distribution

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring honored the recipients of the 2017 Thomas Armstrong Awards at Surfaces last month. The awards honor distributors that exemplify integrity, a resilience of spirit and deep dedication to

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