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 - December 2011   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the truth about allergens in broadloom and looks at the implications behind carpet tile passing broadloom in this year's contract dealer survey, and he also reports on the Carpet and Rug Institute's annual meeting.

Designer Forum - December 2011   Full Article
TRO Jung/Brannen's Alison Faecher writes about the considerations behind specifying flooring in hospital lobby renovations at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, including its role in wayfinding and the importance of maintenance.

Focus on Leadership - December 2011   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Pam Light, Senior Vice President at HOK.

Wood Cuts - December 2011   Full Article
Michael Martin, CEO of the National Wood Flooring Association, looks at all the current legislation impacting the hardwood industry, including the Lacey Act Amendment and the Chinese engineered hardwood rulings.

People Power - December 2011   Full Article
Contributing editor Scott Humphrey writes about the gift of true leadership and how great leaders can impact the lives of those around them.

Focus 100 Retail   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm and publisher Kemp Harr report on the state of the independent flooring retailer and contractor business. The article profiles leading retailers and contractors, as well as the independent buying groups, and includes the Top 100 list.

2011 Retail Display Awards   Full Article
Judges Jim Dion and Brian Dyches choose the three top displays from entries across North America. Home Building Center, Vernon, British Columbia is the winner; second is Magnum Opus, Concord, Ontario; and third is Berkeley, California's Floor Dimensions.

Building Retail Store Traffic   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier discusses successful strategies for increasing store traffic for independent flooring retailers, and interviews a handful of retailers to find out what they've been doing to reach out to potential customers.

Cersaie: the Global Tile Show - November 2011   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr reviews Cersaie, the largest ceramic tile show in the world, held annually in bologna, Italy. Harr discusses trends and innovations from the top ceramic and porcelain producers.

Residential Market Flooring Trends - Nov 2011   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier analyzes the flooring trends through case studies of key sectors in the housing market, like custom homes, entry level and high end spec homes, and multi-family properties.