Article Archives

Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

Flooring Share Shift, Global GDP, Amazon vs Home Depot   Full Article
Strategic Exchange, Jan 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the U.S. share of global GDP, as well as shifts in flooring share, the weakness in middle price points, Amazon's challenge to the home centers, and the growing clout of category killers.

Ted Moudis Associates Designs OrbiMed's Offices: Designer Forum   Full Article
January 2014—Michael Sinkew, a design manager at Ted Moudis Associates, writes about creating a new space for OrbiMed, an international healthcare investment firm, with floorcoverings from Milliken, Odegard, Stone Source and J+J Flooring.

Shaw's Ken Jackson: Focus on Leadership   Full Article
January 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Ken Jackson about his journey from public accounting at Arthur Andersen to CFO of Shaw Industries, as well as the firm's strategies for helping its floorcovering retailer partners.

Star Flooring & Decorating: Best Practices   Full Article
January 2014—Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles Star Flooring & Decorating, which has stores in Kansas and Oklahoma, including its use of the Kaizen customer satisfaction process and other systems for keeping the customer happy.

Armstrong, IVC US and Mannington on LVT: Industry Barometer   Full Article
January 2014—Mannington's David Sheehan, Paul Murfin from IVC US and Kevin Biederman from Armstrong weigh in on the implications on pricing of the new investments in domestic LVT capacity.

Solutions for Installation Challenges: Flooring Forensics:   Full Article
January 2014—Contributing editor Lew Migliore discusses some of the more common problems installers face, including installing over old subfloors, eliminating new carpet smell, sealing carpet seams, and moisture testing GypCrete.

Tips on Hiring Sales Personnel: Contractor's Corner   Full Article
January 2014—Contributing editor Dave Stafford writes about how to approach searching for an hiring new sales personnel, including creating job descriptions, determining compensation, targeting green or experienced applicants and how to avoid big losses.

Contract Dealer Survey 2013: What They Really Think   Full Article
Dec. 2013—Editor Darius Helm reports on the results of this biennial survey, including product trends, revenue results, process problems, relationships with manufacturers, general contractors, A&D and facility manager, and favorite flooring producers.

Flooring Retailers & Area Rugs   Full Article
Dec. 2013—Editor Jessica Chevalier takes a look at how flooring retailers generate revenue from area rugs, with insights from retailers like Marshall's Carpet One and Rug Gallery in Ohio, Dalton Wholesale Floors and Pennsylvania's Crest Flooring.

Surfaces: Education   Full Article
Dec. 2013—Editor Jessica Chevalier offers a rundown of the educational opportunities offered to this year's attendees of Surfaces, part of the International Surface Event.