Crossville, Inc. Wins CTDA Supplier of the Year Award
 
April 29th, 2014

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Congratulations to Crossville, Inc. on winning the second annual CTDA Supplier of the Year award!

The winner of this award is selected based on the results of a survey completed by CTDA’s Distributor members. Members rate up to three suppliers each on the following criteria: leadership, marketing, training, technology, communication, policies, and product shipment and support. Congratulations again to Crossville on their well deserved award!


CTDA & Confindustria Announce “Good Phytosanitary Practices Program”
 
April 29th, 2014

More than two years ago, CTDA began dialogs with Confindustria, USDA and US Customs regarding challenges CTDA member distributors were having with imported products. Distributors were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to have unwanted pests (animals and plants) removed from their imports after arrival in the US. Additionally, shipments were being significantly delayed by US Customs for inspection and removal. In some cases, products were even shipped back to the manufacturers at the distributors expense.

Today, April 29th, Confindustria, the Italian Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers, announced the “Good Phytosanitary Practices Program” to significantly reduce or eliminate pests from containers and pallets of ceramic tile shipped to the United States.

“This program has been established after thorough research, discussion and negotiation among the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), Confindustria and representative from USDA and US Customs’, said Steve Cerami, chairman of CTDA’s Customs Task Force. “The proper implementation of the guidelines described in this program will eliminate the problems US importers have faced with pests being found on products shipped from Italy. In fact, we invite manufacturers in other countries to consider using these guidelines to avoid similar problems with their exported products”

CTDA & Confindustria announce "Good Phytosanitary Practices Program" during Coverings Press Release April 29, 2014.

CTDA & Confindustria announce “Good Phytosanitary Practices Program” during Coverings Press Release April 29, 2014


Visit CTDA at Coverings
 
April 29th, 2014

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The Coverings Trade Show is open! Visit CTDA at booth 9061 to register for Total Solutions Plus 2014, sign up for a committee, order Online Education Sessions and more! We look forward to seeing  you!


Coverings 2014 Offers Excellent Educational Opportunities
 
April 22nd, 2014

Coverings 2014 is just around the corner! Don’t miss out on all of the educational sessions that can benefit you and your company. Here are just a few of the educational opportunities available to you at Coverings:

 

Maintaining and Protecting Your Online Reputation
Tuesday, April 29 | 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM | Las Vegas Convention Center
Speaker:  Lisbeth Calandrino, Fabulous Floors Magazine
The reputation of your business is no longer solely in your hands. Internet sites such as Angie’s List, as well as social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, can make or break a business’ reputation. Despite this, many businesses rarely monitor their online comments or try to influence what customers say about them. They seem unaware of the power of online referrals or negative comments. Businesses need to know where customers are posting comments and how to influence the messages about their business. Join this session to gain an understanding about today’s customers and how they influence new business for your company.

 
Distributors: Who Needs You? Finding and Attracting Strategically Aligned Partners
Wednesday, April 30 | 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM | Las Vegas Convention Center
Speaker:  Jim Gould, Floor Covering Institute
Survival for today’s flooring distributor means rethinking their role in the supply chain, recognizing their strengths and weaknesses, identifying strategically aligned partners and executing a plan to improve business results with those partners. In today’s global market, partners are often international. Explore the changing needs within the supply chain and the evolving role of distributors today and learn the value of strategically aligned partners and how creating strategic partnerships can improve their business.

 

A Bigger Slice – Using Customer Engagement to Increase Sales
Wednesday, April 30 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Las Vegas Convention Center
Speaker:  Ryan Fasan, Professional Attention to Tile Installations
Ceramic tile provides so many key benefits to today’s consumer with its inherent benefits and emerging innovations – it’s time for sales and distribution sectors to exploit these opportunities through connectivity, education and community involvement. Explore simple tools, comparisons and language to make your brand remarkable and top of mind for local consumers every time ‘cladding,’ not just ’tile,’ is brought up in your market. Discover the opportunities for brand synergy with the manufacturing sectors with an easy to plan and implement social media plan and the power retailers and distributors hold to influence prevailing trends and buying decisions.

Don’t miss out on any of these sessions – register for Coverings 2014 today for free!


Florida Tile Offers “Sneak Peek” Of New Products To Debut At April COVERINGS Show In Las Vegas
 
April 17th, 2014

Florida Tile will continue expanding its line of tile, much of it in the popular HDP – High Definition Porcelain™, and also premiere its initial entries in to the thin tile market during the industry’s largest tile and stone show and conference, Coverings commencing April 29.

Florida Tile Marketing Director Sean Cilona has offered a preview of products to be introduced at Coverings. He says that no photos are available at this time but will be provided during the show as part of the media and marketing kits.

Introductions are as follows:

Marquis: Five colors of classic marble in Florida Tile’s proprietary and trademarked brand HDP – High Definition Porcelain™. Marquis is a classic marble look with stylized touches for a unique look in the best selling natural stone. It will be offered in 12- and 18-inch glazed porcelain squares with a natural finish for floors and in 9×18 glossy ceramic for walls. Cilona says Marquis will include a full line of trim. “This is a “big package” style aimed at the mid- to high-end of the line.”

Maltese: Is the look of soft limestone in a combination of warm tones using minimalist designs with directional and open graphics. Available in three colors, Maltese will be offered in 12 x 12, 18 x 18 and 12 x 24 -inch formats for the floor, all in a natural finish, and 10×13 ceramic for the walls. Both floor and wall tile feature a natural finish. Maltese is complemented by select trim and chair rails plus listellos.

Retroclassique: As the name suggests, this is a rustic, classic tile with a hand-molded look. High shade variation creating using a strong fume application gives each tile a truly unique look. It is a very thick tile available as a 3×6 inch ceramic wall tile in six colors. The line will be supported with a substantial supplement of traditional hand-made decorative and accessories.

Thin Tile: “Of special note,“ says Cilona,“ Florida Tile will preview its new thin tile program. The umbrella name will be called Thinner by Florida Tile. We will feature a broad mix of thin tile products in three lines in as many as five sizes. Thicknesses range from 3.5 to 5.5 millimeters.” he says.

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Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market. 

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NEW CTDA Member Benefit! CTDA Small Groups
 
April 1st, 2014

CTDA is creating the opportunity for its members to gain even more value from their membership by establishing CTDA Small Groups. These groups will be open to CTDA Distributor members only and will consist of 5 – 10 member companies of similar size and marketing approach from different regions of the country.

Each group will meet up to 4 times per year with each meeting lasting no longer than four hours in length. Each meeting will consist of a general business issue discussion (i.e. sales compensation, budgeting process, purchasing processes etc.) and a specific business presentation. During these presentations two members will give 15 minute presentations about a particular challenge(s) that they are facing and will ask for feedback from the group on a possible solution.

Small Groups will be filled on a first come, first served basis. CTDA staff will help interested members find existing Small Groups to join or to create their own.

Click Here to download and complete the Small Groups Questionnaire.

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