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    Top distributors: Wholesalers overcome labor shortages, slow growth to post modest increases

Top distributors: Wholesalers overcome labor shortages, slow growth to post modest increases

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Former NFL Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells used to say, “You are what your record says you are.” If that logic was applied to the flooring industry’s top 20 distributors, that record would be fairly exemplary as the group posted gains averaging 4% in 2016. By way of comparison, the gross domestic product—the monetary measure of the

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    NAFCD scores 100% of FCN top 20 distributor list

NAFCD scores 100% of FCN top 20 distributor list

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) recently reported that every distributor featured on Floor Covering News’ 2016 Top 20 Distributors are also NAFCD distributor members. (Floor Covering News, Oct. 24 issue) “NAFCD is very proud to be able to claim all distributors on this year’s top distributor list as their own,” said Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD executive director. “We do not believe it’s a coincidence that the strongest

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    Distribution: NRF’s Pomerleau stands by carpet

Distribution: NRF’s Pomerleau stands by carpet

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan It’s easy to spot Norman Pomerleau, founder and president of NRF, at an NRF Northeast Floorcovering Market (NEFM); he can be found by the carpet displays, likely holding court with customers. To say Pomerleau is partial to carpet would be an understatement. “Norman could be walking the show floor with us but if he sees us heading toward the hardwood displays,

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    Distribution: Mid-level players maintain muscle in their markets

Distribution: Mid-level players maintain muscle in their markets

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan In economics, “disintermediation” is a term that means the removal of intermediaries in a supply chain; in other words, cutting out the middleman. The word was originally applied to the banking industry in 1967, but flooring distributors are well aware of the practice of a manufacturer bypassing them to sell direct. The top 20 distributors are generally immune to getting squeezed,

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    Distributors turn to private label brands

Distributors turn to private label brands

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan Flooring distributors continue to rely on name brand manufacturers for strength in marketing efforts and the ability to sell reliable names to consumers. However, private label—or house brands—is a growing part of the business for many as a way to provide differentiated offerings and to boost margins. “Like other distributors we have created brands that allow us to make adjustments in

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    Distribution: CEO Hagood reflects on William M. Bird’s 150 years

Distribution: CEO Hagood reflects on William M. Bird’s 150 years

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan Founded just after the end of the Civil War in 1865, William M. Bird has survived wars, the great earthquake of 1886 and economic depressions. Today, it is thriving as the industry’s No. 7 flooring distributor with 2015 sales projected to be $149 million. Bird’s vision is to be the leading floor covering distributor in the South. From meager beginnings in

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    Top 20 distributors: Flooring distributors grind out gains in 2015 behind strength in commercial sector

Top 20 distributors: Flooring distributors grind out gains in 2015 behind strength in commercial sector

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan The industry’s top 20 flooring distributors are a resourceful bunch, continuing to find ways to grow their businesses while navigating through choppy economic waters. While the commercial sector has been strong in 2014-15, residential remodel—which accounts for about half of floor covering demand—continues to underwhelm. “Just like 2014, we see the market as disappointing compared to expectations for 2015 of mid-

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    Distributors praise Mullican as trusted partner

Distributors praise Mullican as trusted partner

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan When Jon Roy Reid first entered the flooring business in 1977 there were only a handful of hardwood flooring manufacturers in the U.S. “Back then, everybody knew everybody,” reflected Reid, owner of Trinity Hardwood Distributors. Building relationships was important then but it may be even more important today as new players enter the field. Reid said he formed a relationship with

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    Flooring distribution: Change is the one constant, but some things remain the same

Flooring distribution: Change is the one constant, but some things remain the same

Every business sector faces its own unique set of challenges, and distribution is no different. Yes, wholesalers have to deal with a changing economy and be on top of industry and consumer trends like everyone else, but as the proverbial middle man, they must react to being pushed and pulled by their suppliers and retail customers alike while also being proactive in advancing their place as a valuable and necessary

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Aspecta by Metroflor translates Declare labels

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has published all the Declare labels for its Aspecta LVT commercial range in five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Rochelle Routman, Metroflor chief sustainability officer, who

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NeoCon celebrates 50 years of tomorrow’s design

Chicago—Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. NeoCon 50 will take

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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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