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.

Trends in Government Design   Full Article
January 2014—Editor Jessica Chevalier reports on developments in the government sector, including projections on construction starts, new directions from the GSA to modernize the government, and how flooring fits into the new framework.

The Backing Business: New Innovations and Capital Investments   Full Article
Jan 2014—Editor Darius Helm discusses developments in the carpet backing business, including new investments in domestic capacity, how carpet tile has changed the game, impact of multi-family development, & highlights from independent backing producers.

Beyond Las Vegas: Shaw, Mohawk, Oriental Weavers   Full Article
January 2014—Editor Jessica Chevalier and publisher Kemp Harr report on new products from flooring manufacturers not attending Surfaces, including Mohawk and Shaw, along with their flooring divisions, Columbia and Anderson, as well as Oriental Wavers.

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.