Archives for May 2014

Canadians confident in real estate

Canadian consumer confidence remains steady largely as a result of the real-estate sector, according to the latest Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index. The index has been stable for the past seven weeks, and real estate remains the key driver in this trend — despite constant warnings in recent months — and years — of a so-called […]

Making a Scene

According to American Olean, the use of long, linear plank sizes and textured finishes are growing style trends in both floor and wall applications, so the company is answering this demand by expanding its ColorBody Porcelain offerings through the launch of two new collections, Relevance and Scene (pictured), as well as enhancements to the popular […]

Charge and stream

Milwaukee Tool says it continues to deliver disruptive innovation with the introduction of the first charging radio to bring the power of Bluetooth to the jobsite. The M18 Jobsite Radio/Charger allows the user to stream rich and full sound wirelessly from 100 feet away. According to the company, the USB port charges most portable electronic […]

Variable speeds, applications

Porter-Cable has expanded its 20V Max Linked System for tradesmen, which includes the Oscillating Tool (PCC710B) that offers a patent-pending Tool Free System, allowing users to perform quick and easy accessory changes or adjustments. This results in minimal downtime on the jobsite. The Oscillating Tool is ideal for cutting, sanding, scraping and grinding applications that […]

Smooth and dry

Pearl’s P4 Turbo-Mesh Porcelain Blade is designed to cut through porcelain and other tiles. The thin rim and core, in conjunction with the Turbo-Mesh diamond pattern, allow this blade to cut smooth and virtually chip free. This product is also engineered to significantly reduce heat while cutting, therefore extending blade life. The Turbo-Mesh is manufactured […]

Technology: Art or Kraft?

It should be a surprise to nobody that I am fascinated by the cult of marketing. It’s like watching a train wreck: you know nothing good is happening, but you can’t look away. Take last Friday’s edition of Ad Age Daily, for example. The topic was performance-based compensation for ad agencies. You and I may […]

All oiled up

PG Hardwood Flooring has surveyed a number of industry professionals to gain in insight into the latest floorcovering trends. As a result, this year, the trend is towards lighter shades, a rustic appearance and matt finishes. To that end, PG has added pre-oiled UV products to its Unique and Model Classic collections. Products are finished […]

Beyond demographics

Although I have to travel a fair bit for the company, I rarely get to travel business class. This time, however, I had amassed a bunch of Aeroplan points and was able to make most legs of the recent China/Russia trip in business. Almost giddy with my success in cashing in points for luxury, I […]

Listen, learn, adapt

Independent retailers can WIN the marketing challenge — with a shift in thinking   “I wish there was someone out there who could really help us with our marketing needs,” says Danielle Corcoran, owner and vice president of Floor Source in Paradise, N.L. “We keep looking, but solutions seem really hard to come by.” Corcoran’s story […]

Then-and-now: High-style heritage

It’s called the Maison Bord-du-Lac, which, in English, means the lakeshore house. This 200-year-old heritage site, which was previously owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company, once had its entrance directly facing the waterfront — hence the name. Two-hundred years is a long time. The entrance has changed, as has the building — which was previously […]