TileDealer in 2008
 
January 2nd, 2008

by Janet Arden, Editor

January-February 2008

By the time you read this, most of us will have long since forgotten or dismissed our New Years’ resolutions. We’ll be at least ankle-deep in the New Year, juggling trade shows, new product lines and that ever fickle economy. And then, of course, you have employees and customers to deal with. It sounds like a lot, because it is. However, you do have help.

TileDealer is committed to helping you make the most of 2008. Starting now.
This year TileDealer has planned all six issues to help you deal with the continuing challenges of running a business in a temperamental marketplace in a global economy. We’ve gone to the industry leaders to help us consider the big product categories: stone, ceramic, porcelain, and glass, as well as the design issues, like large format and mosaics, that factor into their use.

This year TileDealer is committed to showing you even more of the best of the international tile marketplace with Tile Tour 2008. We begin in this issue with Spain (just in time for Cevisama). In the issues ahead, we’ll be sampling products and design trends from Turkey, Italy, Brazil, Asia and the Americas.

Greenbuilding may be one of the most important trends yet. No one can duck this issue any longer, and TileDealer is committed to helping you learn all you can. Your customers are thinking green for both residential and commercial projects. Greenbuilding impacts everything from the way tile is manufactured to the materials used in installation. What’s green and what isn’t? How does tile fit with other green products?

Your showroom brings it all together for your customers. This issue features a close look at the latest showroom trends with suggestions from the pros (Hint: Less really is more in your showroom right now.) TileDealer’s Showroom Seminar will also continue this year with more useful information in every issue to help you expand your showroom services (including expanded offerings like undertile heat, tools and even handcrafted tiles) and maximize every customer’s visit.

Education is key. The more you and your staff know about the industry and the products, the better you can serve your customers. The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association is an industry leader in delivering education to you and your employees, from the Color Shade Variation Program to Tile Training in a Box. This includes online education and the association’s new Certified Ceramic Tile Salesperson (CCTS) program. TileDealer will be keeping you up-to-date on all of these training options in 2008.

What more can we deliver? You tell us! We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions. Please email us at info@tiledealer.org.

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