Nourison Certified By RFMS And QFLOORS

Nourison has been certified by RFMS and QFLOORS to utilize fcB2B software standards, integrating directly with any user of the QFLOORS or RFMS platform. This makes it easier for Nourison to integrate with dealers using RFMS, QFLOORS and/or other software that support the fcB2B X12 standard to run their business. Dealers utilizing this standard will be able to easily communicate order information with Nourison, reducing time and effort to place orders, and receive status updates. “It took us about a year to build the infrastructure and construct the EDI documents to test with both RFMS and QFLOORS” said Andrew Peykar at Nourison. “This new certification will allow flooring dealers to easily see inventory information and quickly place their orders.” Dealers using RFMS and QFLOORS should contact their respective software developer to get started with integration. The Floor Covering Business To Business Association(fcB2B) – is a 501©(6) non-profit community of leaders working together on the development of B2B technology designed to benefit all entities in the flooring industry....

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Nourison Expands Georgia Operation

Nourison announced that it has expanded its Calhoun, GA operation, now running a full 7 days per week. Nourison has staffed for additional shifts to cover the expanded hours and arranged with major carriers UPS and FedEx to also pick up on the weekends. This allows Nourison to process and ship orders faster to meet their customers’ needs. “Today’s savvy consumer expects same day shipments and instant gratification. To keep up with our customers’ needs, we knew we needed to ramp up our operation and be able to ship products from our extensive in-stock inventory in less than 24 hours” said Andrew Peykar, COO of Nourison. Nourison owns a large operation center in Calhoun, Georgia that complements its Saddle Brook, New Jersey facility. The company maintains an extensive inventory of area rugs, broadloom carpet and home accents, that is shared between both facilities. Nourison’s operation now runs 7 days a week allowing it to fulfill standard orders in 24 hours or less. Nourison can also fulfill custom cut area rug orders in 5 to 10 days, which is much faster than other competitors in the floor covering market....

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ORIA Officers And Board To Serve Third Term

The ORIA announced that Reza Momeni will serve a third term as association president for 2016. The other officers will also remain: Kami Navid of Jaunty, vice-president; Behrooz Hakimian of Woven Concepts, treasurer; and Ramin Kalaty of Kalaty, secretary. They assumed their new positions on January 1, 2016. A formal announcement was made to the general membership at their annual meeting on January 14th during the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS), which the Association has co-sponsored with AmericasMart Atlanta for the past 34 years. “The ORIA has been a powerful advocate not only for the rug industry in the U.S., but for the health and welfare of the weavers in rug producing companies,” stated Mr. Momeni. “During my first two terms, we were able to accomplish a great deal in these endeavors. Our Charitable Fund, for example, raised funds for victims of the 2016 earthquakes in Nepal as well as to support organizations such as Care & Fair Nepal, Nepal Burn & Cleft Hospital, AmeriCares and STEP Label for which I am very proud. With the continued assistance of my able Board and members, I look forward to making additional progress on these and other initiatives in my third term.” “On behalf of the Association, I would like to express my thanks to Reza and his fellow officers for their leadership and continued generosity in time and energy,” said ORIA Executive Director Lucille Laufer. “I look forward to working with them for what promises to be another challenging – but very productive – year.”...

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AmericasMart Founder To Be Honored At July Market

AmericasMart® celebrates the unique aesthetic of its Chairman and founder, famed architect and developer John C. Portman, Jr., with a design exhibition and party in honor of his signature paint color, Portman White SW-PW240, during The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this July. The color, available by request at all Sherwin-Williams stores, is a simple white with two dashes of red. A common theme throughout Portman’s impressive body of work, the signature color is frequently requested from Atlanta-area Sherwin-Williams stores by designers and architects looking to emulate the visionary’s distinct style, asking for “Portman’s White.” Now available through the store’s color database, designers across the nation can pay homage to Portman by requesting his Portman White at any Sherwin-Williams retail location. The Portman White Vignette Gallery will be unveiled at the July Market, featuring seven acclaimed interior designers: Brian Patrick Flynn, Michelle Workman, Stan Topol, Michel Boyd, Niki Papadopoulos, Melanie Turner and Kerry Howard. Each designer started with a blank 10 foot by 10 foot vignette painted Portman White, access to the vast array of products from AmericasMart showrooms, and the charge to use their personal design aesthetics to pay tribute to the Chairman’s work in a high-impact way. Design and trend authority REstyleSource also will merchandise Portman White-inspired displays in the lobbies of Buildings 1 and 2. The Building 1 lobby display will feature key trends in home and design products. The Building 2 lobby display will showcase the best-of-the-best in entertaining, outdoor and lifestyle merchandise. AmericasMart proudly presents the Portman White Vignette Gallery in collaboration with “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” magazine, Sherwin-Williams and REstyleSource. The Portman White Vignette Gallery is located in Building 1, Floor 14, space 14-D-1. It will be available for viewing throughout Market, and will continue to be on display in the months thereafter.  A White Party, open to all Market attendees, celebrating the participating interior designers and Portman’s legacy will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. “The Portman White Vignette Gallery will be an exciting part of the July Market, allowing buyers to draw inspiration and creativity from these notable interior designers and our esteemed Chairman,” says Mark Furlet, senior vice president of Leasing for AmericasMart’s HOME Collection. “It is an amazing tribute to an amazing man – using product from the design center he created to celebrate his signature style.” For more information about John C. Portman, Jr., visit http://www.portmanholdings.com/board-members/john-portman....

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Third Annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit Draws Top Industry Leaders

A highly successful Winter 2015 Las Vegas Market recently concluded, delivering record-breaking numbers for attendance and exhibitors, as well as an impressive roster of exclusive programming, highlighted by the third annual CEO Summit. Drawing a who’s-who of executive leaders from across the US, the event is sponsored by International Market Centers (IMC) and Eller Enterprises. The CEO Summit runs over the course of two days and offers executives a unique opportunity to network with peers across multiple industry platforms, providing an ideal forum for discussions facing the industry today, as well as myriad learning opportunities directly applicable to their businesses. “For the past three winters, Las Vegas Market has held this one-of-a-kind event and it continues to add value for executives attending our show,” said Robert Maricich, Chief Executive Officer of IMC. “The CEO Summit is consistently well-attended and continues to draw top executives from top tier companies, who want cutting-edge information so they can better lead their companies and the industry into the future.” “The CEO Summit always makes me think more strategically about our direction,” said Eric Dean, Chief Executive Officer, Wheroware. “Being able to combine insights from world-class experts with the advice of industry leaders is of huge value to us.” Opening the event was keynote Speaker Ron Insana, Senior Analyst with CNBC, economist and financial industry expert, who gave attendees an economic forecast for the next 12-15 months. His projections were particularly relevant to furniture, gift and home décor executives, helping to determine buying and inventory decisions into 2016. “The CEO Summit provides a variety of high-level insight and ideas across economics, finance, business strategy, marketing and more,” said Lois Del Negro, Chief Financial Officer, Global Views. “We sponsored this year’s event and see it as a tremendous opportunity for senior level management and ownership across the furniture, home décor and gift industries.” The keynote speaker on day two was Andreas Weigend, former Chief Scientist for Amazon and Director of Social Data Lab. He captivated the audience with a masterful presentation on the growth of technology and its impact on the world, commerce in particular. Other speakers included Tom Morris, Chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values, Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, and former Philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame, who offered a philosophical approach to running a business using sage advice from philosophers throughout world history. Steve Baker, Vice President, The Great Game of Business, Inc. gave a well-received presentation on the advantages of being transparent with employees to achieve better performance. Lastly, Kent Panther, Senior Vice President with Wray Ward Creative Communications, shared measurement and analytical tools companies can use...

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22nd Annual Indian Carpet Exposition in Varanasi Organized by CEPC

Dear ORIA Member: The Carpet Export Promotion Council  of  India (CEPC) is organizing its 22nd Annual Indian Carpet Exposition in Varanasi from October 15-18, 2011  and a one day buyer/seller meet on October 20th  in Agra. The Indian Carpet Exposition in Varanasi India has become a well known show for ORIA Members who buy handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings. There will be manufacturers and exporters from the main carpet producing areas like Bhadohi, Mirzapur, Varanasi,  Agra, Jaipur, Panipat and Srinagar exhibiting their wide range and varieties of handmade carpets and other floor-coverings at the Expo. Special promotional packages including airfare credits and hotel accommodations are being offered to ORIA Members (on a selected basis, upon completion and approval of the attached CEPC application) . Please open the attached documents from Shiv Kumar Gupta, Executive Director of the CEPC to learn more about their upcoming  Indian Carpet Exposition and to sign up to attend their show. Best regards, Lucille J. Laufer Executive Director   PDF Invitation Letter PDF Buyers Form Invitation...

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