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2014 September

This month's edition of Floor Trends features a special retailer profile with Abbey's Ted Gregerson, as well as a look at a unique 2014 flooring industry study.

Retailer Profile

Alabama’s Gregerson Finds Success in Multibranding

By Sunil Taneja
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Ted Gregerson found true love as a young man. Working for a Carpet One store in his hometown right out of high school he discovered flooring was in his blood. His love for people, integrity and helping customers create beautiful homes inspired him to his core.


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2014 Flooring Industry Study: Flooring Market Has Room To Grow

By Michael Chmielecki
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The 2014 Floor Trends Flooring Industry Study, conducted recently by BNP Market Research and compiled from answers given by readers of Floor Trends, Floor Covering Installer, Stone World, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine, offers a look at a flooring market poised for continued growth.


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Wood Floors Click More Than Ever

By Danielle Clair
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Initially introduced to the market on laminate flooring in the late 1990s, glueless, or click mechanical locking systems crossed over to the hardwood category in the early 2000s. With the introduction of these glue-free locking systems, installing hardwood floors became as easy as 1, 2, 3.


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Going Back in Time: Retailers Discuss the Rustic Trend

By Danielle Clair
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Thanks, in part, to the many home makeover and renovation television shows today, rustic and distressed wood floors have taken the interior design industry by storm in recent years. Due to their popularity, uniqueness and practicality, retailers are seeing a continued increase in the sales of these types of wood flooring styles.


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Houzz Remodeling Study Shows Flooring Most Popular

By Matthew Spieler
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While the economy in 2014 is more sluggish than it was a year ago—due to a variety of reasons—there remains hope for those in the industry. 


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Trend Today, Gone Tomorrow? Today’s Hottest Wood Trends Aren’t Always the Best Choices For Our Customers

By Chris Zizza
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There is no doubt, these are exciting times in the flooring industry and, when it comes to the wood category, consumers are getting choices like never before. 


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Editorial

Make the Most of the Fall Season

By Matthew Spieler
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It is hard to believe kids are starting to go back to school and the fall selling season is just around the corner. For many of us who experienced a long, tough winter, the summer just flew by.


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The Trusted Sales Advisor

Goodwill & Loyalty

By Kelly Kramer
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Take a look at the photo of me with a big bag of potato chips. Now I’m sure you’re wondering just why this photo of me with this junk food deserved to be published.


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Specialty Retailers Can Develop an Effective Online Strategy

By Dave Foster
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I’ve talked with scads of dealers over the past several years about literally an untold number of retail-related topics.


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Guest Column

Diversifying Marketing Plans to Stay Ahead in a Crowded Industry

By Chris Rimlinger
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According to a 2014 study by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing, the home improvement industry is expected to see double-digit growth through the end of the year.


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Guest Column

Wood Floors and Humidity Control: An Age-Old Problem Provides New Opportunities for HVAC Contractors

By Janis Rozenbergs
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While wood floors are built to withstand the abuse of foot traffic and furniture, humidity is an invisible enemy that can quickly wreak havoc on even the best surfaces.


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Industry News - September 2014

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Come check out the latest industry news and see what is going on within the flooring industry!


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Florida Tile Goes Noble with Marquis

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With the use of high definition porcelain (HDP) printing technology, Florida Tile’s Marquis HDP delivers the color and variation of luxury marble tile. 


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Armstrong’s ‘Prime’ Example of Design

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Armstrong’s Prime Harvest Oak offers the look and durability of the popular wood species, in both solid and engineered, and in an array of colors. 


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Invision Draws Inspiration from Spanish Tile

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Invision’s Venice and Delmar evoke the timeless beauty of hand painted Spanish tile. 


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Ecore Gets Athletic

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Ecore International’s Athletic is a new sports surfacing brand with a product offering that includes everything from base layers for competitive courts, tracks and turf fields, to engineered solutions for an array of applications. 


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Metroflor Expands Konecto

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Metroflor has expanded its Konecto brand product portfolio with the addition of new colorations and styles. 


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Crossville Turns Up the Heat with Basalt

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Reminiscent of volcanic stone, Crossville’s Basalt porcelain tile is inspired by the look of its natural namesake. 


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Milliken’s Alleogry Blends for Innovation

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The Allegory Collection by Milliken blends colors and textures inspired by traditional Ikat dyeing process to offer an innovative fusion of various yarns and techniques. 


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BR-111 ‘Jams’ with Lenny Kravitz

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BR-111 Hardwood Flooring has partnered with Grammy-winning musician Lenny Kravitz for the Kravitz Design Collection. 


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April Sees Its Share of Top-Flight Events

Photos from various events that Floor Trends attended including NWFA 2012, Coverings 2012 and more!

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John McDevitt, The State of the Economy - Part 2

John McDevitt, former 3M corporate economist now semi-retired outlines the state of the economy and its many parts, discussing the most recent jobs report, the number of people out of work, the number of people working part-time and wanting fulltime employment and what this means for consumer spending long and short term.

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2014 September

This month's edition of Floor Trends features a special retailer profile with Abbey's Ted Gregerson, as well as a look at a unique 2014 flooring industry study.

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