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.

Strategic Exchange - February 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses housing numbers, the impact of Canadian prison labor laws on U.S. hardwood production and the growth of Internet rug sales, and weighs in on the challenges arising from the shift toward electronic media.

Focus on Leadership - February 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Dan Haycook, executive vice president of Invista's organization, about nylon 6,6's role in the market, the significance of competition from other fiber types, Invista's fiber brands and green initiatives.

Designer Forum - February 2012   Full Article
Kathryn Theobald, a senior designer at MSA Architects, writes about the evolution of sports stadiums into multi-purpose venues, and details how her frim designed clubs and other venues within the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ball Park.

Wood Cuts - February 2012   Full Article
The National Wood Flooring Association's Daniel Boone discusses the evolution of disterssed hardwood looks and offers his insights into where the market is going now.

Best Practices - February 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton profiles CI Select Flooring, a commercial contractor and Starnet member based in St. Louis that attributes its success in a difficult market to its focus on treating clients as partners.

Surfaces 2012: The Total Experience - January 2012   Full Article
Seminars on trends and forecasts; retailers weigh in on why they keep coming back to Surfaces; dining, drinks and shows at Mandalay Bay and on the Strip.

Beyond Las Vegas - January 2012   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier and publisher Kemp Harr report on the latest product introductions from firms not attending Surfaces this year, including Shaw, Mohawk, Mercier, Mullican, Karndean, IVC, Ardex, Mirage and W.F. Taylor.

Focus on Leadership - January 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Brian Carson, who was recently named president of Mohawk. The interview covers his top priorities and challenges in running Mohawk, along with strategies for keeping the world's largest flooring producer on top.

The Backing Business - From January 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm takes a look at the state of the carpet backing industry, including the impact of raw material costs, competition from importers, backing innovations, and highlights from the major backing producers.

Book Review: Marpeting From January 2012   Full Article
A new book written by Drew Eric Whitman and Stefan Hoher (director of marketing for Shaw's Tuftex) goes into great detail about both the psychology behind consumer purchasing and specific selling tools and techniques for flooring retailers.