Small Business Saturday was Saturday! This day was meant to celebrate small businesses in both your community and outside of it. I’d like to shed light on a manufacturer we work with in honor of one of our favorite days of the year. Built on a family retail foundation, NRF Distributors has prospered for more than 40 years. By making customer service their #1 priority, along with using the latest technology, Norman Pomerleau, the company founder and president explains, “We are always trying to move ahead as fast as possible to be better at what we do.” That attitude has made NRF the eighth largest distributor in this year’s Top 25 Distributors report with 2014 sales of $146 million. NRF has all it takes to be a successful flooring distributor. They are constantly trying to improve and that does not go unnoticed. They have the inventory, customer service, and a state of the art system to deliver merchandise. At the moment, carpet and hardware are its largest categories. They serve about 3,000 retailers across New England, Upstate New York, and a part of Pennsylvania. With about 65 drivers and 45 trucks, NRF provides speedy, reliable delivery. Their trucking fleet started in the 1980s. Thanks to the ROE (Remote Order Entry) program, it allows dealers to place orders online anytime 24/7 and to view live inventory, as well as check delivery status and pricings. Pretty cool, huh? NRF even promises that if you place an order at 7:00pm on a Saturday, your goods will be received on the Monday/Tuesday truck. NRF got its name from Norman, Roger, and Frank Pomerleau. They are brothers that worked together in the family’s original home furnishings business founded in 1950. As a matter of fact, the 300 plus employees are considered family. Norman’s daughter is the vice president for wood/Quick-Step and his soon is the VP for commercial carpet. The dynamic for them is pretty similar to ours, except they have grandchildren working. Unfortunately, I don’t think Kenzo, the granddog, is much help!
PS. Remember To Always Celebrate Small Carpet Businesses!