On the last day of the show, we talked to exhibitors about their plans for technology and expansion.

Novalis Innovative Flooring launched a social media campaign, "Nova Floor Us!" intended to engage consumers by encouraging them to register their new NovaFloor and sending in a photo. Selected projects will be posted on the NovaFloor LVT Facebook page. At the end of each month, the company will select a favorite photo and reward the winning new NovaFloor owner with a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

Flooring software maker QFloors unveiled innovative solutions at the show, including commercial features, mobile office suite options, and the new QPro POS+ that is intended to be used alongside a third-party accounting system like QuickBooks or PeachTree. The company also provided retailers with intermediate-level software training earlier in the week.

In other news, Beaulieu Canada, a long standing Canadian flooring products manufacturer and distributor, is expanding its presence in the U.S. market under the brand Peerless. Mario Bergamin, vice president, residential sales, Beaulieu Canada, met with Floor Trends to talk about the brand’s expansion and to clarify the fact that Beaulieu Canada is legally and financially independent and is in no way part of or associated with Beaulieu America, which closed its doors in 2017. After Beaulieu Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Engineered Floors of America purchased substantially all of Beaulieu’s operating assets.

Beaulieu Canada is the largest carpet manufacturer in Canada as well as a large supplier of carpet tile and hard surface flooring products, including laminate, luxury vinyl plank (LVP), wood plastic composite (WPC), stone plastic composite (SPC), engineered hardwood, and sheet vinyl.

“With more than 50 years of experience in the manufacturing, distribution and sales of floor covering products across Canada, the United States and the rest of the world, Beaulieu Canada is excited about exploring new business opportunities in the United States,” Bergamin said.

Look for more in the March issue of Floor Trends.