Industry Initiative Aims to Reduce Costs for Flooring Distributors
Chicago, Ill. -- The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) announced that it is partnering with the Floor Covering Business to Business Association (fcB2B) in an effort to increase the number of flooring distributors sending and receiving electronic purchase orders, invoices, and product catalogs from their suppliers and their retail customer base. The use of this technology could make the whole supply chain more efficient and will ultimately lower costs for flooring distributors who take advantage of the tools.
"Distributors large and small can take advantage of the cost benefits B2B technology offers," said Phil Zolan, fcB2B executive director. "It saves distributors money as research has found that on average it costs over $12 to process a manual flooring purchase order, but the same order costs less than $4 done B2B."
NAFCD will leverage its various communication mediums to inform flooring distributors about the many benefits of adopting B2B within their operations. In addition to a series of articles shared with NAFCD distributor members in its newsletter, Phil Zolan will be a guest at the 2018 NAFCD Convention in November to help educate the floor covering distributor community on joining the trend in communicating electronically with customers and suppliers.
"NAFCD is committed to enhancing the productivity and profitability of the flooring distributor" said Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD executive vice president. "Facilitating the greater utilization of available technology by distributors is in-line with NAFCD's mission."
The Floor Covering Business to Business Association (fcB2B) is the primary advocate for the continual development and adoption of a standard language that allows software management systems to be widely utilized by the flooring supply chain to communicate with one another. fcB2B technology enables software users to automatically send and receive the documents that are exchanged everyday between manufacturers, distributors, and flooring retailers in a fraction of the time it takes when completed manually.
fcB2B and NAFCD are committed to working together to bring the cost benefits of B2B technologies to the distributor community. As fcB2B members, distributors gain access to an extensive resource where they can find implementation advice, share best practices, and review the current B2B standard with peers and industry experts.