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The Tile Shop opens new stores and plans for future growth.

By Kat Zeman

With more than 4,000 products from around the globe, Plymouth, Minn.-based The Tile Shop has something for everyone. The company is a specialty national retailer of manufactured and natural stone tiles, setting and maintenance materials and related accessories.

It operates 133 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and plans to open five more stores by the end of the year. Its long-term goal is operate more than 400 stores. “We have invested significant resources to develop our proprietary brands and product sources and believe that we are a leading retailer of stone and ceramic tiles, accessories and related materials in the United States,” says Joyce Maruniak, senior vice president of supply chain, transportation and manufacturing operations. “We source from roughly 200 vendors in 18 countries.”

The Tile Shop’s products include an assortment of natural stone tiles such as those made of marble, granite, quartz, sandstone, travertine, slate and onyx. In addition, the company sells ceramic, porcelain, glass, cement, wood-looking and metal tiles. The majority of its tile products are sold under the proprietary Rush River and Fired Earth brand names. 

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Footwear manufacturer Rocky Brands steps up its supply chain planning and distribution efforts to meet increased product demand.

By Jim Harris

Durability, innovation and quality have been hallmarks of Rocky Brands Inc.’s products for more than 80 years. The Nelsonville, Ohio-based footwear manufacturer prides itself on making highly durable footwear using advanced materials and features.

For the company, sourcing the materials used in its products and producing and distributing them in a timely and efficient fashion to consumers is a high priority. To do this, Rocky Brands closely aligns its supply chain planning, distribution, transportation and manufacturing efforts. Each of these departments is overseen by an executive who works closely with his counterparts as well as other company executives, giving the company a collaborative approach to its supply chain, Director of Supply Chain Planning Dewey Diamond Jr. says.

Diamond has been in his current role since 2013; he previously worked as director of product acquisition and manager of direct operations for the company’s distribution center in Logan, Ohio. Since assuming the role, Diamond has worked to improve the company’s demand forecasting process. This includes more frequent meetings with manufacturing and sales staff to plan out the amount of products the company needs to produce.

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