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5 Wood-Flooring Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2018

Since 2013, the wood-flooring manufacturing industry has stabilized and strengthened in tandem with the American economy. As construction activity increases, here are 5 trends that wood-flooring stakeholders should keep in mind as they navigate this period of economic growth:

  1. Home-improvement spending among consumers is going up. With higher disposable incomes, home owners are beginning to invest in not just maintaining but enhancing their properties. Failing to reach these potential buyers is leaving money on the table.                                                                                                                                      
  2. Real-estate development is on the rise. With the real-estate forecast showing signs of growth in 2018, developers are jumping to chase profit while they canand so should wood-flooring manufacturers. In today’s seller’s market, B2B wood-flooring manufacturers have unprecedented opportunities to connect with decision makers in real-estate development.                                                                                                      
  3. As exports decrease, imports increase at a steady rate. It’s no secret that manufacturers across industries are facing competition from cheap imports. It’s never been more important to communicate your value-based messaging to your target accounts before they base their purchasing decisions on price and price alone.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  4. Heightened—and varied—forms of regulation. Whether it’s legislation like the Clean Water Act, newly enacted noise limitations brought on by the EPA, or GDPR regulations established in the EU, wood-flooring manufacturers need to prepare and react accordingly to communicate their value-based messaging to prospects in an increasingly regulated field.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  5. Innovative building-products manufacturers are using ABM to speak directly to their target accountsmuch sooner than the competition. With ABM, wood-flooring manufacturers can not only abide by regulations, but connect with prospects early in their buying journeys using IP-sensing technology. In a time of enormous economic and commercial opportunities, ABM will yield additional dividends for wood-flooring manufacturers.