Training train never stops

Installers need constant education to do jobs right THE FIVE Ws HAVE NEVER SEEMED MORE URGENT when it comes to being trained on floor coverings. Why do we train? Who gets training? When do we train? Where do we train? What products should we train on? There is so much to learn, but luckily there […]

Reality in 2019: Recreational cannabis

HARD TO MEASURE, IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE NOW THAT RECREATIONAL CANNABIS has been legal in Canada since October, employers and safety experts have been taking stock of its effect on personnel at business establishments. Not a problem? Think again. According to Statistics Canada, the number of new cannabis users is increasing. During the first quarter of […]

Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally […]

Coverings 2019

Stone and tile flexed marketing muscle in Orlando Coverings is an annual stone and tile trade show that attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers. This year in Orlando, Fla., featured 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, 26,000 visitors and was the stage for introducing […]

Canada’s solid reasons for embracing hard surfaces

FOLKS IN THE FLOOR COVERING BUSINESS are passionate about what they offer, none more so than tile and stone suppliers. With all of the materials competition in Canada — carpet, resilient, hardwood, engineered floors — what makes solid surfaces such as tile and stone so appealing? In some cases, the economic argument to the client […]

The HGTV effect

Celebrity culture and social media drive consumers’ design thinking A wife, a husband and a contractor walk into a bar — no, make that a retail flooring store. The start of a joke? No, but it’s the inevitable start of a design process, as each brings a set of creative ideas about the next home […]

Two knees support installer careers

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as chronic back pain or shoulder problems, often take time to develop. Forceful exertion, awkward positions, hand-arm and whole-body vibration, contact stress, and repetitive tasks can add up over time to produce an MSD. This statement comes courtesy of Ontario’s Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) pamphlet on musculoskeletal hazards and […]

True North strong and REGIONAL

CANADA’S DESIGN PALETTE During the 1800s the captains of fishing vessels sailing out of Lunenburg, N.S., painted their homes the same bright colours as their boats. It was both a practical means of using surplus paint, and the unique colour scheme allowed boats to be rapidly identified as they sailed into harbour. — Rourgh Guides LIKE THE HOMES DOTTING […]

Trade show travel

Take a shopping trip on your customers’ behalf ALMOST EVERY FLOORING RETAILER has product that was sourced as a result of a visit to a floor covering trade show — or trade fair as they say in Europe. But do these events still call out to your showroom, like Sirens to Odysseus, sweetly singing about products […]

Social media’s epic fail

THAT’S THE UNDERBELLY of today’s social media landscape, whether you’re in Canada or Pago Pago. The deception found by The New York Times in its analysis of fake views on YouTube is staggering. The newspaper identifies Martin Vassilev of Ottawa, Ont., as earning more than $200,000 per year and has sold close to 15 million […]