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    Aligned groups strive to give retailers a competitive edge

Aligned groups strive to give retailers a competitive edge

January 8/15, 2018, Volume 33, Issue 15 By Lindsay Baillie   Differentiation is key for the success of an independent flooring retailer. While this is often no simple task, flooring retailers do not have to do it alone. Various flooring organizations from distributors, manufacturers and buying groups are available to help retailers not only survive but thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Distributor group Haines Loyalty Club (HLC) aims to

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    What keeps top executives awake in  2018?

What keeps top executives awake in 2018?

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Ken Ryan   There is no rest for the wicked or—it would seem—for the flooring executive with so much to consider: How the next big launch will fare in the market? How to keep your talented staff engaged and motivated? How best to navigate the digital landscape? Indeed, the daily grind can be daunting, especially when the decisions you render can have

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    Voting now open for Award of Excellence contest

Voting now open for Award of Excellence contest

Hicksville, N.Y.—Voting for FCNews’ Award of Excellence contest is now open. Now in its 22nd year, the Award of Excellence has become the premier manufacturer recognition program in the floor covering industry. Why? Because they are voted on by customers whose only motivation is to recognize those who perform flawlessly in every aspect of their business. Cosponsored by the Informa, the owners of The International Surface Event, the Award of Excellence is

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    Resilient manufacturers needed for industry-average EPDs

Resilient manufacturers needed for industry-average EPDs

LaGrange, Ga.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute is updating the resilient flooring industry-average Environmental Product Declarations and looking for resilient flooring manufacturers to participate. Participation in the EPD renewals is open to all resilient flooring manufacturers. Membership in the Resilient Floor Covering Institute is not required. The industry-average EPDs are ISO 14025 Type III, third-party certified. First published in 2013, they are recognized for contributing credits in LEED v4’s Material and Resources

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NAFCD acknowledges 2017 education donors

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) recognizes the donors of the NAFCD 2017 Education Supporter Program: Mannington Mills, Salem, N.J.; Quick Step, Dallas; Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; Primatech, Quebec, Canada; Shawmark Floors, Dalton, Ga.; and USG, Chicago. The NAFCD Education Supporter Program provides funding to support the distribution channel’s evolving need for additional training and resources at competitive prices. With the support of these donors, NAFCD continued

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    Compliance: Suppliers reinforce pledge to health, safety and the environment

Compliance: Suppliers reinforce pledge to health, safety and the environment

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11   With consumers and commercial end users placing more emphasis on environmentally friendly products, suppliers are working hard to ensure the products they source and develop do not pose health risks to customers. More manufacturers are providing chain-of-custody documentation as well as relevant environmental and operational certifications to demonstrate their compliance with regulatory statutes pertaining to the production of a host of hard

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    Engineered Floors poised to purchase Beaulieu Group

Engineered Floors poised to purchase Beaulieu Group

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   Dalton–Engineered Floors’ agreement to purchase substantially all operating assets of Beaulieu Group—a deal pending bankruptcy court approval—would make EF a dominant No. 3 player in the carpet segment, a billion-dollar player overall, trailing only industry titans Shaw and Mohawk. If approved, which is expected, the deal could be consummated in November. Back on Sept. 20, Engineered Floors and Beaulieu

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    Dalton innovator receives GaMEP 2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award

Dalton innovator receives GaMEP 2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award

Dalton, Ga.—The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) has named Marten Hutchison a 2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award recipient. Hutchison, lead innovation manager at Shaw Industries Group, headquartered here, is one of four Georgians who are being recognized for their respective contributions and commitment to the manufacturing industry, which is a key driver of the state economy. Hutchison has been with Shaw since 1993. He accepted his award Oct. 3 during

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    Fall promos: Sales, incentives usher in new selling season

Fall promos: Sales, incentives usher in new selling season

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7   The autumn season is upon us and for many flooring manufacturers that means it’s time to unveil fall promotions to accelerate business and excite the customer base. Here are some recent fall sales. Armstrong Flooring Armstrong Flooring announced “The New Look of Tough” national retail promotion to correspond with its new national TV and digital advertising campaign on HGTV. Consumers can receive

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    Industry lends a hand in providing disaster relief

Industry lends a hand in providing disaster relief

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   The toughest of times often bring out the best in people. That time-tested mantra certainly applies to the flooring industry, which is stepping up in a big way in response to the natural disasters that have stricken Houston and Florida this month. The support from the industry—on top of what has already been pledged by various charities, associations and

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My take: Fantasy football for a cause—Round 4

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Steven Feldman As summer fades and the air starts to get crisp, the fall selling season is upon us. Equally important to many is the start of that sacred time of the year commonly known as football season. Regardless of how many times we failed to make our high school team, there’s one football-related game all of us can play: fantasy football.

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    Floors & More taps Cherico as vice president

Floors & More taps Cherico as vice president

Auburn, Mass.—Floors & More, the buying group that includes the Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet franchise and the Floor To Ceiling membership group, has appointed Mike Cherico as vice president. Cherico’s responsibilities will include recruitment of new members and franchisees, enhancing vendor relationships and programs, and leading the members services team. “Mike is a proven industry leader and veteran, who will increase our scale dramatically and play a key role in executing

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My take: Random ramblings from NeoCon

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman   How can 2017 have less than half of it remaining? Time really does fly. Walking around NeoCon last month made me realize just that. There was no way we could be five months removed from Surfaces. Then again, show management is probably saying there is no way it’s been five years since they changed the name to TISE, or The

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    NeoCon 2017: Exhibitors report uptick in attendee quantity, quality

NeoCon 2017: Exhibitors report uptick in attendee quantity, quality

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman   Chicago—NeoCon 2017 played to rave reviews last month, with just about every flooring supplier extolling the virtues of a show that saw increased traffic from 2016, matched only by the quality of those visiting their spaces. Their sentiments were confirmed by show management which reported an uptick of 7% in attendance shortly after the close of the event. “Our take

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NAFCD releases 2017 Q2 Quarterly Sales Trends results

Chicago—The 2017 NAFCD Quarterly Sales Trends Report, a benchmarking and forecasting tool based on member data submission, provides NAFCD members with invaluable data and insights on near term and regional demand trends, sales forecasts and business management. Highlights from the report showed Q1 2017 sales growth was up for both distributors and manufacturers, 2% and 3%, respectively. Distributors performance versus forecast varied considerably, with only 34% of distributors surpassing the

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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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