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SolidSurface.com Recognized as Top 300 E-Commerce Company

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SolidSurface.com Recognized as Top 300 E-Commerce Company

Posted on 26 December 2016 by CRadmin3

SolidSurface.comSolidSurface.com was named by Internet Retailer and B2BeCommerceWorld.com as one of the top 300 B2B (Business to Business) e-commerce companies for the second consecutive year. The company been ranked 39th in the Hardware/Home Improvement Industry. Additionally, Internet Retailer magazine also recognized SolidSurface.com as a Top 1000 general e-commerce website for the past four years.

B2B E-Commerce companies in the Hardware/Home Improvement category are expected to grow by 28 percent, to more than $13 billion(up from $10 billion last year) mainly due to the continued strength of the housing market. Moreover, consumer spending on furniture and furnishings exceeded the 3.4 percent growth rate in overall U.S. consumer spending in 2015. SolidSurface.com itself has grown 30.8 percent in 2016.

While SolidSurface.com has improved it’s ranking by being named in the top 300 by B2B E-Commerce for two years in a row, competing with large retailers such as Amazon, Lowe’s or Home Depot is tricky for the small business. Keeping up with website enhancements to make navigating the site and shopping easy for consumers, along with finding new avenues of product growth are key. SolidSurface.com also relies heavily on outstanding customer service to keep its customers coming back.

With its customer base now being roughly two-thirds commercial and B2B, the remaining one-third still caters to the DIYer, homeowner and craftspersons. This is a big change from  when the company first started in 2007, when 80 percent of its customers were DIYers or homeowners. The two-thirds that make up the commercial and B2B customers include architects and designers, countertop fabricators, handymen, manufacturers, sign makers, residential and commercial remodelers, and cabinet/wood/mill-workers.

SolidSurface.com averages more than 60,000 unique visitor sessions per month. Shoppers are able to explore several categories of products and information. In the “materials” section, visitors can browse popular brands of solid surface materials, in full sheet or remnant sizes, such as DuPont Corian, LG HI-MACS, Aristech Avonite, Formica, Samsung Staron, GSP Mystera, and Hanwa Hanex. They can then go to the “tools” section to order accompanying accessories such as adhesives, abrasives and other items to fabricate and mount the materials for their projects. The “Explore” and “Learn” sections are filled with helpful how-to guides and other tips and tricks. If a visitor is in need of a fabricator, they can locate one in their area by putting their zip code in the ProFinder section. Offering this service, in turn, helps the fabricators as well when they become a registered professional on the site.

Another unique feature of the website is the ability to custom design a vanity top. The SolidSurface.com site walks a customer through each step of choosing the right size, sink, and faucet hole options, as well as the edges and backsplash.

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StoneTalk Episode 28: Kyle Carpenter

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StoneTalk Episode 28: Kyle Carpenter

Posted on 23 November 2016 by CRadmin2

CountertopResource.com is pleased to bring you another episode of StoneTalk, the podcast dedicated to countertops and countertop fabrication, hosted by Patrick Foley and produced by Moraware.

In Episode 28, Patrick talks with Kyle Carpenter, the founder of SolidSurface.com, the online marketplace for solid surface, solid surface tools and solid surface accessories. The two discuss an array of fascinating topics, including all of the following:

  • How SolidSurface.com evolved from a resource for the DIY community to supporting professional fabricators
  • How customers go about searching for construction contractors
  • How fabricators can pass down the work for small vanities
  • The ins and outs of application program interfaces (APIs) and how they are used to benefit the countertop industry

Read the transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 28 – Kyle Carpenter

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

Posted on 18 August 2016 by cradmin

There is still time to register for the full-day Countertop Symposium on Tuesday, August 23, at IWF. The event is put on by ISFA and sponsored by SolidSurface.com, and takes place the day before the show floor opens for IWF. The seminar is designed to provide a wealth of information to both established countertop fabricators and those exploring their options in the countertop industry.

Industry experts will share information and insights to help you learn about the products and business of the decorative surfacing industry.

Topics will include:

• Solid Surface Thermoforming
• Profiting from Diversification of your Countertop Shop
• Solid Surface Casework: Why it Makes Sense
• Countertop Industry Outlook: A Forecast of Factors Affecting the Industry
• Q & A opportunities with a distinguished panel of industry experts
The presenters include the owners of successful surfacing companies and others who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session covers both residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on solid surface, quartz surfacing, stone, laminate and a variety of other countertop options.

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