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Vertical Markets and Distribution Software Directory:
Tile & Flooring

The tile and flooring industry produces and sells carpets and rugs, hardwood and plastic flooring, ceramic tiles, and stone slabs. Distributors carry complementary products such as glues, grouts, tools and other items used in the installation process. Distributors can sell to contractors, businesses or directly to the consumer or to all of these channels. Distributors can also provide their own installation services.




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Front counter capabilities
  • Fast, rapid checkout of contractors picking up items for the day’s jobs.
  • Flexible payment options that include cash, credit card or on-account.
  • Retail POS capabilities such as signature capture.

Complex Product Characteristics – Flooring can have many features that must be used to describe items such as size, color, shade, pattern, and more.

  • Adequate capability of defining product characteristics.
  • Ability to quickly search for characteristics.

Varying Unit of Measure – Flooring can be bought, stocked, sold and picked in different units of measure such as pallets, cartons, sheets, boxes, and eaches.

  • Item measures must be flexible and be able to handle many different unit of measures.
  • Manage SKU by various unit of measures.
  • Handle the unit of measure conversion through the entire fulfillment process.

Manage the importation of product – Many natural products are imported from foreign suppliers. They must be able to:

  • Optimize the lading of containers to minimize costs.
  • Track containers during the shipping process.
  • Account for all shipping costs as “landed costs".

Accessories – Flooring products are almost always accompanied by accessories that are used in the installation of the product.

  • Identify related items.
  • Provide customer service reps with assistance in selling accessories.

Warehouse ManagementEfficient management of stock in the warehouse is critical to customer service and efficient inventory management.

  • Integrated Warehouse Management.
  • Ability to utilize wireless devices to enhance productivity.