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.

Outdoor Flooring   Full Article
January 2014—Editor Darius Helm writes about trends in outdoor living, including area rug developments from firms like Shaw and Oriental Weavers, and a wave of pavers from porcelain producers like Del Conca, Atlas Concorde and Imola.

Builder Update: FEI Group's Jay Smith   Full Article
January 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Jay Smith, president of FEI Group, which is part of CCA Global, about the state of the residential housing market, FEI's strategies, and the outlook for the next few years.

Greenbuild 2013: Mandates on Transparency   Full Article
January 2014—Editor Darius Helm reviews the Greenbuild show, held this year in Philadelpia, including new products and programs from flooring producers, as well as analysis of how LEED v4 and its focus on transparency is changing the game.

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.