Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have questions.

Our current members are here to help with answers to many of our most popular inquiries.

What's the benefit of being part of your buying group?

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Our emphasis is on product and the price of the product and how that translates to profit. We intervene on your behalf when your have a claim that's been turned down by the mill.

We know that It's like to get a sale and then deal which the prospect of losing the sale because of a production issue, as we are also in the retail business with (7) stores in the western suburbs of Chicago and know how to make things happen.

We are not going to tell you how to operate your business, but our pragamatic approach will help you operate your business more profitably. You will make more money and have more fun.

Can I get some idea about pricing for some of the products I sell on a regular basis?

Sure but keep in mind that we may not have negotiated pricing on your particular products but you can be assured that if it's important to you we will negotiate a better price, program it for you and give you a rebate as well.

Why is FCA Network different from other buying groups?

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What truly separates us from the other buying groups is that we operate our own successful retail stores.

We are in the trenches every day….just like you. We share our best practices that we’ve learned over 35 years in the business.

But don’t take our word for it…listen to what our members have to say.

Are there any fees? Are you a franchise?

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We are not a franchise. You will not pay royalties on your sales volume. We offer a simple license agreement enabling you to sell products under FCA Network brands.

We agree to provide you with the tools you need to be more profitable and you agree to pay your bills on time, manage your business with integrity and participate in our annual convention. Our monthly fee is $299 which is standard in the industry.

Will I be able to compete with the Carpet One guy down the street?

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YES. Our prices look to beat most everyone. After all, it’s not about getting the right price….

It’s about getting the right price on the right products.

What do you charge to sample a showroom?

It’s NOT about spending your money. That’s the beauty of being part of our organization.

Each showroom can be customized to your market and your customers needs. There is nothing “cookie cutter” about our store designs although we have “state of the art” fixtures in beautiful cherry finishes.

If we can utilize some of your existing displays and save you some money we’ll incorporate them in the store layout.

Do you have conventions and are they mandatory?

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We have (1) one annual convention in the spring of each year. We don’t charge a fee to attend and we don’t penalize you if you don’t attend.

It is not mandatory but we make it so compelling you won’t want to miss it. We had 90% attendance at this years’ show and that speaks volumes.

If I'm part of a mill-aligned program can I still be a member of Network?

Sure but it depends on the extent to which you are participating in the mill-aligned programs.

A few private-labeled flip card displays does not translate to a serious business decision.

Do I order directly from the mill or do I buy from you?

You would order directly from the mill. We would notify, in writing; all core vendors that you are a member of our buying group and they will in turn activate your pricing.

Will I have access to every mill’s products?

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YES. Even if it’s not part of our core program we will help you get the sale.

How many members do you have and how many members do you want?

We presently have 54 members with a total of 62 storefronts. We will court a dealer and add a new member if it’s a good fit for both.

But ideally we would like to bring the organization up to 100 or so members without sacrificing our culture of camaraderie and personalized service.

Will I be able to keep my local rep?

Yes, you can keep your rep if you so choose.