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.

Best Practices - May 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton profiles Carpet World of Bismarck, a North Dakota family-run flooring retailer located in one of the few booming regions of the nation, thanks to shale oil development.

People Power - May 2012   Full Article
Contributing editor Scott Humphrey draws life and leadership lessons from the Masters golf tournament, covering five areas: the power of place, the power of the people, the power of publicity, the power of points and the power of purpose.

2012 Vision Awards - April 2012   Full Article
Floor Focus profiles this year's award winning projects of the third annual Vision Awards. The article includes photo essays of the winning project (designed by Wight & Company) and the category winners, and images of the honorable mention projects.

Ceramic: Industry Overview - April 2012   Full Article
Editors Darius Helm and Jessica Chevalier take a close look at the U.S. ceramic tile industry, covering domestic production, leading importers, new technologies and trends, sustainability, and what makes the U.S. market different from other markets.

Cleaning & Maintenance Update From April 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm discusses the reasons for flooring industry professionals to get into the cleaning and maintenance business, focusing on certifications as well as the programs being promoted by the independent contract dealer networks.

Software Review 2012 - April 2012   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier offers an update on flooring software programs, with a close look at cloud computing, including how it works and how it can benefit floorcovering providers.

Cevisama 2012 - April 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm reports on this year's Spanish tile show, held annually in Valencia, Spain. The article includes the state of the Spanish tile market, trends in Spanish tile, and highlights from all the major producers that do business in the U.S.

Brazilian Tile Show: Revistir - April 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr reports on Revistir, Brazil's tile and stone show, which saw a 14% growth in attendance this year. This is Floor Focus' first report on the Brazilian show.

Strategic Exchange - April 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr examines signs of an economic recovery, as well as all the factors that will impact the economy this year, and also takes a look at the possibility that this year will see more industry acquisitions.

Focus on Leadership - April 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Russell Grizzle, Mannington's new CEO, covering topics ranging from Mannington's strengths in the marketplace to the strategy behind the Amtico acquisition and how his background at Milliken has influenced his approach.