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    Underlayment: Education is the key to sales success

Underlayment: Education is the key to sales success

By Lindsay Baillie   Arming retail salespeople with the knowledge to prescribe and sell the right underlayment for the job is the key to success, supplier say. Once a retail sales associate is properly trained on the latest products he or she must make it a point to educate the consumer. Following are a few key points to remember when selling underlayments: Look for trade-up opportunities. Underlayments offered on a

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    Install to open new Texas training center

Install to open new Texas training center

Glassboro, N.J.—Install is preparing to host the grand opening of its new Texas Carpenters and Millwrights Training Center in Pasadena, Texas. From safety and technical skills to communication and leadership skills, instructors will train professional carpenters and millwrights to be productive, safe and demonstrate leadership on the job site. Due to significant growth in the Houston metropolitan region, the training center recently moved to the new 52,000 square-foot facility in

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    Metroflor launches second CEU

Metroflor launches second CEU

Norwalk, Conn.– Metroflor has made its second continuing education unit (CEU) course available online at AEC Daily. The one-hour program, “Biophilic Design & Resilient flooring,” has been approved by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education, the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) and USGBC and carries 0.1 CEU or 1 LU of credit. Metroflor’s first CEU, “Sustainable Attributes of LVT Flooring,” is also available online at AEC Daily. “Biophilic

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Shaw ranks among top 125 companies for training, development

Dalton, Ga.—Shaw Industries has been recognized as one of Training magazine’s “2018 Training Top 125.” This recognition is a result of the company’s training and workforce development programs and marks Shaw’s 14th consecutive year on the list. “Education and training are instrumental to how Shaw helps create a better future for associates, customers, communities and the company,” said Danny Crutchfield, Shaw’s director of corporate training and organizational development, who also

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    Investing in RSAs pays dividends

Investing in RSAs pays dividends

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 6 By K.J. Quinn   Let’s say you are a floor covering store owner and your business is running smoothly. The latest advertising campaign is reeling in customers and sales are holding steady, if not thriving. Then, your top salesperson quits. After trying in vain to talk him out of leaving, you quickly write up a help wanted ad and place it online and/or

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    TISE excites with new features, education sessions

TISE excites with new features, education sessions

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16 By Lindsay Baillie   Las Vegas—The International Surface Event (TISE) is ushering in a host of new features for 2018, starting with the event’s new Monday-to-Thursday format. In addition to the earlier start, attendees can expect to see the latest products paired with off-site tours, updated education sessions and presentations as well as a new Media Village. The TISE team works each year

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    TISE educational sessions arm retailers with tools to succeed

TISE educational sessions arm retailers with tools to succeed

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15   The International Surface Event offers the most comprehensive education program in the industry. With the flooring sessions sponsored by FCNews, the courses cover everything from product and installation to digital marketing and business improvement. Here are just some of the highlights. Monday, Jan. 29 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. State of the Industry Report in the Residential and Commercial Markets The Farnsworth

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    Al’s column: Design—Creating desirable living spaces

Al’s column: Design—Creating desirable living spaces

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Bea Pila   The renowned American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be joined in spiritual union.” As an interior designer, I am often asked, “What is your style?” I cringe at the question. The word design conjures the notion of a look or aesthetic, but for me it

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    Emser Tile honored with 2018 Training Top 125 Award

Emser Tile honored with 2018 Training Top 125 Award

Los Angeles—Emser Tile, in recognition of the company’s commitment to associate development, has been named a 2018 Training Top 125 winner. The award, now in its 18th year, is determined by factors such as the scope of development programs, financial investment in employee development and how learning and development programs are leveraged to achieve business goals and objectives. Emser Tile’s customized, multi-tiered learning and development program, Emser University, uses videos and

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Lisbiz strategies: Explore the customer experience at TISE

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Retailers have confused the customer experience with customer service, but they are not the same thing. Providing exceptional service and improving your competitive edge through customer experience will keep your customers and business operational. Customer service is considered a single transaction that takes care of the customer’s immediate needs. This includes booking a customer’s install, product selections or an

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    Shaw Education Labs showcase latest trends, environmental insights at Greenbuild

Shaw Education Labs showcase latest trends, environmental insights at Greenbuild

Boston—Shaw Industries Group partnered with the CDC, City and County of San Francisco, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Ecoworks Studio, GIGA, HDR and McDonough Innovation to bring fresh thinking and continuing education opportunities to Greenbuild attendees during the annual conference and expo held the week of Nov. 6 here. “Greenbuild is focused on transforming the market and changing the way people all over the world experience buildings,” said Paul

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Tarkett named finalist in LearningScapes award competition

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett North America is supporting and participating in the Association for Learning Environments’ (A4LE) LearningScapes 2017, to be held Oct. 26–29 in Atlanta. The manufacturer is a Platinum-level sponsor of the LearningScapes which is designed to bring together those who plan, design, equip, furnish and maintain places where students learn. Tarkett has also been named a finalist for the event’s annual Solution Provider Award. A highlight of LearningScapes is SchoolsNext,

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Al’s Column: Avoiding the pitfalls of poor estate planning

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Roman Basi   In my previous column, “Estate Planning: Leave it to the pros,” (FCNews, Sept. 11/18), I explained—citing several recent real estate tax cases—how unqualified advisors can potentially cause a host of problems for their clients. Despite having expertise in other areas, some attorneys, accountants and other professionals that do not specialize in estate planning can do more harm than good.

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NWFA wins Learnies award for NWFA University

St. Louis—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has won a 2017 Association Trends “Learnies” award for the Biggest Success Story for establishing NWFA University, an online learning platform. The Learnies recognize organizations that have pioneered a new way of learning to benefit their members. The award for Biggest Success Story recognizes an association that grew revenue, membership or brand awareness by implementing a new learning program. The NWFA developed its

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    Al’s Column: Top 10 tips for tile, stone maintenance

Al’s Column: Top 10 tips for tile, stone maintenance

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Rod Sigman   In the nearly three decades that I have been in this industry, there have been tremendous advancements in technology, techniques and craftsmanship. Yet with all the progress that has been made, many problems still exist, including issues and failures directly related to the lack of knowledge and understanding of how critical a role proper care and maintenance play in

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Swiff-Train names Shane Calloway president, CEO

Houston, Texas – Swiff-Train has promoted Shane Calloway to the position of president and CEO, effective May 21. In his new capacity, Calloway will assume responsibilities of all key functions

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NTCA names winners of Five Star Contractor Project of the Year

Atlanta—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) named the winners of its sixth annual NTCA Five Star Contractor Project of the Year Awards at Coverings 2018 here.  NTCA’s Five Star Contractor

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Crossville names Shelby Ferriter as Common Thread for the Cure contest winner

Crossville, Tenn.— Crossville Inc. has named Shelby Ferriter as creator of the winning design for the company’s biennial Common Thread for the Cure scarf design contest. Ferriter’s scarf concept, one

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