Is Your Stone & Tile Store Stuck In The Stone Age? Evolve with VendorPriceBook!

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In a new study released by Floor Trends Magazine, researchers found that only half of tile & stone companies use the Internet to promote their businesses. In this rapidly growing technological climate, that seems like a shockingly low number. Fully 48% of tile & stone retailers and vendors are missing out on the benefits of promoting their companies via websites, blogs, and social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. What is holding them back?

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We here at VendorPriceBook understand the frustrations of doing business online. One of the biggest problems is that retailers have to go to multiple vendors’ websites and log in with different passwords to access their pricing and company information. On top of this, most companies also do business by phone, fax, email, and hard copy pricebooks. If a retailer has fifty vendors, this process can get quite complicated, not to mention time-consuming and frustrating. Until now, there hasn’t been a centralized database for all your pricing in one convenient location. That’s where VendorPriceBook.com comes in.

VendorPriceBook aggregates vendors’ pricing into a single website, allowing retailers to access pricing and company information with a single click of the mouse. But we’re more than just a directory for pricing–we’re a growing community of professionals, committed to connecting vendors and retailers in social sharing and communication. Think of us as a combination of LinkedIn and Facebook for the flooring industry.

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We believe communication is key to developing business relationships, strengthening trust and building partnerships between retailers and vendors. If that sounds like something you believe in too, check us out at VendorPriceBook.com to see how we can help grow your stone, tile, carpet or hardwood business and promote communication within the flooring industry.

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Weatherproof Your Business with VendorPriceBook

Bad weather can hit at any time. Floods, storms, snow, and tornadoes can delay or close  a business for days or weeks at a time. The closure of stores, roads and even entire cities can occur as a result of inclement weather. During Superstorm Sandy, for example, large swaths of the Eastern seaboard were closed from the preparation and recovery from the hurricane’s devastating effects.

The toll bad weather takes on residents and businesses can range from mild to catastrophic, but there are steps that business owners can take to minimize the damage and get them back to work faster.

By utilizing cloud-based technology, business owners have the power to access their work documents from anywhere there is an internet connection. VendorPriceBook is a cloud-based web tool that connects Vendors and Retailers in the flooring industry. By moving business from paper pricebooks and internal software, business operations are no longer tied down to the office desktop computer. You can keep in touch with business contacts via mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

In case of emergency, it pays to have a cell phone as well as a land line. But nowadays, many people find having a cell phone more convenient and useful in their day-to-day interactions than being tied down to a landline at home. Think of cloud-based technology for business as your primary connection to the world. Sites like VendorPriceBook allow you to maintain contact with your customers and suppliers even when the storms outside cut the power or the office desktop is underwater.

In case of property damage, VendorPriceBook provides an invaluable digital back-up copy for all your company pricing and information. And, again, there is no need to download and print these files or navigate complicated software to access them. It’s as easy as logging onto a Facebook account.


VendorPriceBook also allows employees to access these documents at all times via Sub Accounts. Employees and employers can communicate via the Chat feature online, which comes in handy when the phone lines are down or when everyone is scattered across multiple locations.

After the storm passes, using the cloud can also help you get organized and back to work more quickly. As soon as you have internet access, you’re back in business. VendorPriceBook allows you to swiftly and easily manage customer relations, view and upload product pricing and maintain up-to-date customer information.

This year, help weatherproof your business with the benefits of VendorPriceBook and cloud-based technology.

Software vs The Cloud: How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing the Flooring Industry

Many floor coverings businesses currently use software to handle their pricing and inventory. Most software programs seek to get businesses online and ease business-to-business (B2B) communications. These are admirable goals, to be sure, however, many problems can be solved by new and emerging technologies that move internal software systems into the cloud.

Cloud computing eliminates the need for internal systems like data storage and software. All services in the “cloud” are accessible anywhere there is an internet connection.

VendorPriceBook is a cloud-based tool. Now, to access pricing and inventory information, there’s no downloading, no memory or software required. With VendorPriceBook, all your business operations are accessible online.

You can take your job on the go with smartphones, tablets and laptops. You can take your retail showroom mobile, connect with new customers instantly and provide customer service updates.

While software programs are great when it comes to inventory control and organizing internal systems; they lack the ability to improve communication between Vendors and Retailers. With the pace of technology moving more quickly than ever, cloud-based computing is rapidly becoming the industry standard for doing business.

VendorPriceBook is more than just a business tool, it’s building an online community. By connecting companies in the cloud, we can increase accessibility, streamline communication and create meaningful B2B relationships that help grow and maintain your business for the future.