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    QFloors highlights new partnerships, products and features during conference

QFloors highlights new partnerships, products and features during conference

Cozumel, Mexico—QFloors explored new partnerships, products and features during its 2017 “Dive Deeper” Users Conference, held on the Norwegian Escape, Nov 4-11. The 61 attendees participated in business and software training, collaboration and roundtable discussions during the days at sea. At the conference Chad Ogden, QFloors president, announced a new partnership with Measure Square. “Partnering together, we’re able to create the strongest combination of estimation and business management software in the flooring

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    QFloors, MeasureSquare enter partnership

QFloors, MeasureSquare enter partnership

South Jordan, Utah—QFloors and MeasureSquare have entered into an agreement allowing QFloors the rights to market, sell and support MeasureSquare products. Integration between the products will be more closely aligned as well. Chad Ogden, QFloors president, announced the aligned relationship during the software company’s Users Conference. “This agreement pairs two of the top software solutions for the floor covering industry in a strategic alliance that will provide a more comprehensive

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    Al’s column: Maximizing your online presence

Al’s column: Maximizing your online presence

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Jay Flynn   Search-engine optimization. Pay per click. Organic (and paid) social media initiatives. All these elements stand to have a big impact on any online marketing strategy. So the question is: Why aren’t more flooring retailers taking advantage of these tools? They’re not acronyms and strategies to be afraid of but rather embraced. Still, just a mere mention of many of

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    Stanton Carpet launches new B2B site

Stanton Carpet launches new B2B site

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Stanton Carpet is looking to simplify the way it transacts with retail customers via a new B2B website—stantonb2b.com. The site makes it easier for retailers to find products, submit requests to create a rug, view dropped products and order swatches, among other features. The new B2B site, which launched Oct. 9, is something Stanton has been working on for

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    FCNews exclusive interview: Lead-gen marketing in today’s web-centric world

FCNews exclusive interview: Lead-gen marketing in today’s web-centric world

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 Even today’s most tech-savvy retailers, manufacturers and distributors realize it’s not enough to merely have a “presence” online. Proponents say success requires just the right mix of a content-rich website, interactive social media efforts (both inbound and outbound) and effective search-based, lead-generation tools. In short, all these elements—combined with traditional face-to-face selling, of course—all need to seamlessly blend together to help retailers maximize

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    Technology: Xintory.com 2.0—More products, improved functionality

Technology: Xintory.com 2.0—More products, improved functionality

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   Earlier this year the flooring industry got its first look at Xintory.com, a web-based B2B portal designed strictly for manufacturers, distributors, dealers and installers to sell and buy overstocks, drops and specials (FCNews, Feb. 27/ March 6, 2017). The objective, according to Larry Feldman, the 30-year floor covering industry veteran who founded the company, was to provide a marketplace

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    Shaw Industries acquires Tricycle

Shaw Industries acquires Tricycle

Dalton, Ga.—Shaw Industries has completed the purchase of Tricycle, a technology innovator supporting the commercial interiors business. The acquisition will enable Shaw’s commercial business to be a leader in carpet sampling simulation and digital tools. Tricycle produces digital carpet samples for major floor covering manufacturers. Founded in 2002 in Chattanooga, Tenn., the company helps commercial interiors manufacturers, interior designers and architects work more efficiently and produce less sample waste. Tricycle’s

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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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Boa-Franc receives highest honor at the Grand Prix Québécois de la qualité Awards

Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada–For the second time in a row, Boa-Franc has received the highest award bestowed by the Quebec government on businesses and organizations that successfully apply best business practices.

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Holly Beck of Decor8 to speak at Domotex 2018

Hannover, Germany—Domotex is packing even more interior design and lifestyle inspiration into its 2018 show with a guest appearance by Holly Becker, founder of Decor8—a design blog with a global following

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Gerflor USA adds new patterns to Taralay Impression

Chicago—Gerflor is helping bring design dreams to life with a renewal of its resilient printed sheet flooring collection, Taralay Impression. With a totally revamped wood collection, including seven new whimsical patterns,

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