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  • Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

    Chattanooga, Tenn.–Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS) has opened a new, 68,500-square-foot service center in Lakeland, Fla. According to Darrel Harris, CEO, the new facility allows XGS to more efficiently service a greater footprint in Florida. “Analysis showed us that a much larger, more modern facility in Lakeland would provide better service to our valued customers and allow us to improve efficiencies,” Harris stated. “The Lakeland facility fits well with our

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    Area rugs: State of the industry—Category thrives on popularity of hard surfaces

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Mara Bollettieri   The U.S. area rug market continues to surge forward, thanks in large measure to the growth—ironically—of hard surface categories such as LVT, WPC and hardwood. Preliminary FCNews research shows the area rug sector is on course to replicate the 3% to 4% growth rate achieved over the past few years. For calendar year 2016, sales of area rugs in

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    Technology: 10 retailer tips for choosing software tools

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   Most flooring dealers use software to help manage and automate their businesses. However, choosing the right program to use can be a challenge, especially when considering just how many software companies and platforms exist. While some dealers find it easier to implement generic systems, others swear by using flooring-specific software. Despite differing opinions, all flooring dealers agree any program

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    Laminate: Latest on-trend looks designed to entice dealers

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker     All the excitement swirling around the LVT, WPC and rigid core craze is giving competing hard surface categories a run for their money. But laminate suppliers are not sitting idly by; many are fighting back against some of these trendy products by leveraging laminate flooring’s well-known aesthetic attributes. “Laminate and other categories have been under pressure from LVT,

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    Resilient: In a contested field, sheet vinyl still competes on value, visuals

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Mara Bollettieri   There’s no denying that LVT and WPC have nipped some market share from sheet vinyl, but by no means is the workhorse subcategory down for the count. Although other resilient formats are growing in popularity, the product still has a place in the flooring industry today, offering benefits to residential and commercial markets. Thanks to new technological enhancements and

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    Engineered Floors enters hard surface arena

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   Engineered Floors, the country’s third-largest carpet manufacturer, is looking to make a big splash in the hard surface arena with the launch of a pair of waterproof flooring collections—Revotec and Triumph. Revotec is billed as a revolutionary, patented floating floor technology designed to mimic ceramic tile or stone. The line features an embedded, realistic-looking grout line but does not

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    Eye on inflation: Flooring industry meets economic threats head on

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   The flooring industry is operating amidst significant inflationary pressures, the likes of which haven’t been experienced since the end of the Great Recession. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June that inflation climbed 2.8% in the last 12 months to its highest level in six years. Inflation impacts all industries, including flooring, which is heavily

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    Shaw’s Bellera strikes a chord with retailers

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   Shaw Floors’ Bellera High Performance Carpet has only been in the market for a little over a month, yet flooring dealers are already touting this new, feature-rich collection for its vast potential in soft surface. Shaw Flooring dealers have been eager to get their hands on the collection since first seeing previews in January. Although still early in the

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    Sunbrella hits the high end with Dickson brand

    May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman Architects and designers have known the Sunbrella brand for decades. After all, Sunbrella enjoys the reputation of being a best-in-class manufacturer of fabrics in terms of performance, durability and design. While the company has a foothold in a variety of industries, upholstery fabric for both indoor and outdoor applications is probably what resonates most with the A&D community. Resistance

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    Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

    May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie Adhesive manufacturers are continuing to develop premium environmentally friendly products as a means to stay in lockstep with the flooring industry’s continuous push toward greener floors. Many of today’s green adhesives are FloorScore certified, solvent free and contain zero VOCs—all of which help contribute points to LEED. These qualities are all beneficial to the end user and environment as

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    Brush up business management skills with corporate leaders

    Dalton, Ga.—Whether it’s financial management, marketing, customer service, negotiating skills or pointers on how to be a better leader, WFCA University’s business management curriculum can help keep you and your staff

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    Elegant Mosaics welcomes Rachel Moriarty to design program

    Elegant Mosaics welcomes the award-winning, leading homestyle expert Rachel Moriarty to its brand. Moriarty will be a key partner to the “Design, Play, Create” program, which Elegant Mosaics created specifically

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    Sustainable Surfaces, Hero Flooring receive LGBTBE certification

    Las Vegas—Hero Flooring and parent company Sustainable Surfaces have received their certification as LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE) through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Supplier Division Initiative. End users who support the LGBT

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