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    Technology: Mohawk’s Omnify program drives results for retailers

Technology: Mohawk’s Omnify program drives results for retailers

Web-based solutions, tools aim to boost dealers’ online presence August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   Mohawk’s Omnify, a program introduced at the company’s Solutions conference last year, is beginning to make an impact on dealers’ online initiatives. The program, named for its ability to provide “omni-channel solutions,” aims to simplify digital marketing by capturing and tracking leads, and streamlining social media publishing and search engine

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Guest column: The golden rule of software implementation

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Wes Dillingham   (First of two parts) One of the biggest mistakes companies make when buying and implementing software is not approaching it as change first. It’s important to keep in mind that any software you plan to implement at your company is likely to present a major change to the day-to-day routine of your employees. In other words, if you are

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    Technology: Industry-specific vs. generic software—Is there room enough for two?

Technology: Industry-specific vs. generic software—Is there room enough for two?

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   Choosing the perfect software for a business can seem like a daunting task, especially with all of the different choices available. Industry-specific software and generic systems are just two of the overarching categories of solutions available, and they both provide a series of positives to help flooring retailers manage their businesses. While looking for software takes time, Kelly Oechslin,

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    Floors & More: Members urged to take ‘unconventional’ approach

Floors & More: Members urged to take ‘unconventional’ approach

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   Leesburg, Va.—Thinking outside the box can help dealers discover new ways to grow their businesses. That was the primary message Floors & More management sought to drive home to members in attendance at its summer convention here. The message correlated directly to the theme of the conference, “Unconventional.” The two-day convention provided Floors & More members the opportunity to

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    Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   After a slow start to 2017, the residential carpet category gained some traction in the second quarter, resulting in a 2% rise in sales over the year-ago period, with units up 0.5% overall in the first half. Executives cited sales of better goods, an uptick in consumer confidence and price increases that have firmed up the marketplace. The U.S.

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    Measure Square partners with Bonitz Flooring Group

Measure Square partners with Bonitz Flooring Group

Pasadena, Calif.—Measure Square and Bonitz Flooring Group have entered a strategic partnership. The partnership will provide Bonitz a solution to meet both long- and short-term objectives regarding quantitative analysis, standardized bid generation and integration with current and future management systems, including CRM solutions. Meanwhile, Measure Square will expand its technology solution with deep insights from one of the largest commercial flooring operations. Measure Square has specialized in measure estimating technology

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    Marketing Online: Turning negative reviews into positive outcomes

Marketing Online: Turning negative reviews into positive outcomes

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Ken Ryan   The above exchange between a would-be customer and specialty flooring retailer appeared on Yelp in June. While the complaint was relatively benign it nonetheless resulted in two dissatisfied customers walking away from a potential purchase. The flooring retailer in question usually receives favorable reviews on Yelp, so the complaint was out of character. Still, even the best flooring dealers

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    Rise in e-commerce concerns flooring retailers

Rise in e-commerce concerns flooring retailers

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Ken Ryan As e-commerce grows in the retail channel, specialty flooring retailers have expressed concern that online sales could negatively impact their business. It’s a subject that has many store owners and managers on edge. “Don’t get me going on this topic,” Ben Boss, owner of Boss Carpet One Floor & Home, Dixon, Ill., told FCNews. “Looking out 10 to 20 years,

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    M-D launches new corporate website

M-D launches new corporate website

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada—M-D Building Products has launched its new corporate website. The site functions as a one-stop space showcasing the company’s culture, values, history, career opportunities and manufacturing capabilities and aims to be a valuable source of information for all stakeholders, according to the company. The M-D Building Products site also provides an in depth look at the M-D business as a whole, representing the breadth of the company’s multiple

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    Creating Your Space joins with Google, Wordstream

Creating Your Space joins with Google, Wordstream

San Rafael, Calif.—Creating Your Space (CYS), a Google Partner, is participating in a conference hosted by Google and Wordstream live from New York. Layla Altman, search engine marketing director at Creating Your Space, was invited to attend this conference along with other paid search experts and strategists from Google and Wordstream. CYS has since developed and presented educational webinars based on the key takeaways resulting from this conference. “Our invitation

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NAFCD partners with JAST Media

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has partnered with JAST Media, a Portland-based digital marketing agency that offers distributors and manufacturers comprehensive web marketing and branding solutions. The new partnership leverages JAST Media’s expertise and experience to assist in educating and informing NAFCD members on opportunities to leverage digital marketing to achieve sales goals and execute corporate strategy. JAST will deliver content and training to members via

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    Karndean Designflooring updates Floorstyle tool

Karndean Designflooring updates Floorstyle tool

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has released an updated version of its Floorstyle online design tool to include additional designflooring capabilities. Floorstyle is an interactive room viewer containing the company’s full product portfolio of wood and stone designs in a variety of room settings. The latest update to the tool allows retailers and consumers to insert design strips between both tiles and planks, and offers users the ability to blend up to

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    Metroflor launches floor visualizer on website

Metroflor launches floor visualizer on website

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor Corp. has enhanced its website to include a new interactive feature that enables consumers to gain a realistic view of how Metroflor products will look in room settings. The FlorVisualizer showcases the portfolio of Metroflor brands—Engage Genesis, Engage, Konecto, Metroflor LVT and Artistek LVT—with the option of exploring them in myriad ways online. The journey begins by choosing a room scene from the photo library, which features everything from

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    fcB2B to unveil new standards at 2017 meeting

fcB2B to unveil new standards at 2017 meeting

Dalton—fcB2B will hold its annual meeting at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Aug. 15-17, according to Scott Humphrey, CEO, WFCA. The event will coincide with the CFI Convention and other industry events. “This year’s conference will include an unveiling and implemention of an all new set of floor covering B2B standards,” said Phil Zolan, executive director, fcB2B. These standards will address a laundry list of issues and “pain

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    Ceramic: Next-gen digital printing technologies unlock tile’s potential

Ceramic: Next-gen digital printing technologies unlock tile’s potential

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Lindsay Baillie   Digital printing has helped to change the tile industry by providing manufacturers with limitless designs that mimic what is trending amongst consumers. Whether it’s natural stone, cement, marble, slate or wood looks, digital printing offers consumers the looks they want, the ability to put it where they want and at a desirable price range—all of which ultimately benefits the specialty

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InstaFloor partners with Duracryl

Farmers Branch, Texas—Duracryl International B.V. and InstaFloor N.A. have formed a partnership, whereby InstaFloor will support and market Corques Liquid Lino (CLL), a liquid self-leveling linoleum product, in the North

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Crossville launches new gauged porcelain tile panel collections

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has announced the introduction of two gauged porcelain tile products: Calce and Cava. Neutral colors and delicate nuances mark the face of Calce, a line inspired by wet

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INSTALL announces Canadian National Apprenticeship Competition winner

Glassboro, N.J.—The best floor covering apprentices in Canada recently convened in historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, for a unique installation competition. Marking its 25th anniversary, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters

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