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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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    National Floorcovering Alliance: Spirited discussions on thorny issues set the tone

National Floorcovering Alliance: Spirited discussions on thorny issues set the tone

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Steven Feldman   Newport, R.I.—The National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) is 42 retailers and 256 storefronts strong, representing a collective $1.1 billion in annual sales. But the issues these dealers face every day are no different than every other flooring retailer; in fact, it can be argued that their sheer size creates an even greater depth of challenge than most. The key topics

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    Laminate: Certified installer programs give dealers an edge

Laminate: Certified installer programs give dealers an edge

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Reginald Tucker   The upside to laminate flooring’s popularity in the U.S. over the past 20 years is more consumers have become very familiar with the product—from how it’s constructed to the way it is primarily installed. The “downside,” however, is that high comfort level has encouraged more renters and homeowners to install the product themselves, cutting into a profit center for

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    NFA members tackle the issues in unison

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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    NFA vendor showcase: Dealers embrace new partnerships

NFA vendor showcase: Dealers embrace new partnerships

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—The National Floorcovering Alliance’s (NFA) specialty member event, held here on the Tuesday before Surfaces, provides a rare moment where suppliers get to spend quality time with some of the most influential flooring dealers in the business while showcasing their wares. “This is a great event because I get to see vendors here that I won’t see anywhere

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    NFA celebrates 25th anniversary in grand style

NFA celebrates 25th anniversary in grand style

October10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Steven Feldman Palm Beach, Aruba—Against a backdrop that some say is only rivaled by paradise, the 42 retailers that comprise the National Floorcovering Alliance gathered here recently for their semi-annual summit to celebrate its silver anniversary. And the next 25 years will begin the way the first 25 ended: with Dave Snedeker, division merchandise manager, Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), as president after being

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    National Floorcovering Alliance: Recruiting, training salespeople take center stage

National Floorcovering Alliance: Recruiting, training salespeople take center stage

National TV spot also in the works April 25/May 2, 2016; Volume 30, Number 22 By Steven Feldman Asheville, N.C.—Recruiting and training good salespeople is one of the most pressing issues for floor covering retailers, and the 43 members of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) are not absolved from the challenge. To that end, the group is entertaining the idea of partnering with an outside firm for help. “There are

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    NFA Specialty Vendor  Show breaks record

NFA Specialty Vendor Show breaks record

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—The National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) welcomed a record 42 vendors to its Specialty Vendor Showcase, which was held on the Monday prior to The International Surface Event [TISE]. The showcase has grown steadily in recent years and has proven to be mutually beneficial for both the suppliers and the NFA. The vendor meeting is ideal for these more specialized suppliers because

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    NFA: Members weigh in on subcontractor/ employee issue

NFA: Members weigh in on subcontractor/ employee issue

October 12/19; Volume 30/Number 9 By Steven Feldman Coronado, Calif.—When the 42 members of the National Floorcovering Alliance met here last month, they were updated on some of the most critical issues facing all floor covering retailers, not the least of which was how the recent Department of Labor (DOL) guidance as to what constitutes an employee vs. independent contractor could affect them. The DOL directive emphasized that a worker

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    NFA dealers, vendors take advantage of ‘special day’

NFA dealers, vendors take advantage of ‘special day’

March 30/April 6, 2015; Volume 28/Number 20 By Ken Ryan Charleston, S.C.—Some executives call the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) vendor-retailer meeting the best business day of the year, that rare opportunity when A-list retailers converse with leading executives from top manufacturers to discuss products and business. Dave Snedeker, president of the NFA and division merchandise manager for flooring at Nebraska Furniture Mart, said vendors (there were 26 at the spring

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    National Floorcovering Alliance: Specialty Vendor Showcase sees record number of participants

National Floorcovering Alliance: Specialty Vendor Showcase sees record number of participants

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 By Jenna Lippin Las Vegas—The National Floorcovering Alliance’s (NFA) annual Specialty Vendor Showcase, which is held on the afternoon before the start of Surfaces, featured a record 38 vendors, about half of which were first-time exhibitors, according to president Dave Snedeker, division merchandise manager of Nebraska Furniture Mart. “It’s a great outpouring, and that really comes from our members,” he said. “Our members reach

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    Snedeker eager to take reins of NFA

Snedeker eager to take reins of NFA

October 13/20, 2014; Volume 28/Number 9 By Ken Ryan Maui, Hawaii—There’s a changing of the guard atop the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) as Dave Snedeker, president-elect of the NFA, prepares to take the baton from outgoing president Phil Koufidakis in January. And while the 42 retail members will notice a change in personalities—from the admittedly “boisterous” Koufidakis to the more soft-spoken Snedeker—in other respects the transition will be virtually seamless.

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    NFA elects new board

NFA elects new board

Maui, Hawaii—The National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) elected four new board members at its fall conference here. Dave Snedeker of Nebraska Furniture Mart was elected president; Jason McSwain of McSwains was named vice president; Kelly Taylor of Ambassador Floors was named secretary, and Jim Walters of Macco’s Floor Covering was chosen treasurer. The two-year terms begin Jan. 1, 2015. Snedeker told FCNews that “five to six” members vied for each of the board positions,

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    Snedeker named president of NFA

Snedeker named president of NFA

Maui, Hawaii – Retail members of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA)  named David Snedeker, divisional merchandise manager of Nebraska Furniture Mart, as its new president. He will officially take over duties from outgoing president Phil Koufidakis of Baker Bros. on Jan. 1. Snedeker told FCNews he was “honored and humbled” to be chosen for the position by the 42 retail members that make up the NFA. “It is a big

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    Mohawk and NFA’s SmartSolutions program to include hard surface

Mohawk and NFA’s SmartSolutions program to include hard surface

Dalton — Building on the successful SmartSolutions carpet launch last year, Mohawk and NFA are expanding their partnership. For 2013, the private label program will now include hard surface options, specifically ceramic tile and hardwood. The agreement to extend the program was reached at NFA’s recent biannual conference in Beaver Creek, Colo. “The NFA represents a significant customer base for us and we are incredibly excited about the opportunities this

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USG expands tile, flooring salesforce

Chicago—USG Corp.’s Tile and Flooring Solutions group is reorganizing and expanding its team to better support its customers and its expanding portfolio of innovative products and solutions. Steve Bjorklund was

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Creating Your Space introduces new features

San Rafael, Calif.—Creating Your Space is introducing a host of innovations for 2018. These introductions include programmatic advertising, YouTube advertising, a “More Like This” feature as well as an e-commerce

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T&L Distributing partners with Tarkett

Houston—T&L Distributing has entered a distribution partnership with Tarkett. Through this collaboration, T&L Distributing will immediately begin offering Tarkett’s resilient residential and commercial products, including Tarkett’s Johnsonite brand, to its

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