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.

Industry Forecast - January 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Santo Torcivia of Market Insights LLC offers analysis, statistics and near-term forecasts of the domestic housing market, flooring channels and product categories.

Strategic Exchange - January 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses a range of topics, including Mohawk's Marazzi acquisition, ultra-soft carpets, whether or not consumers are focusing on value-priced products, and Hurricane Sandy's silver lining.

Designer Forum - January 2013   Full Article
Brenda Smith, a senior associate at Perkins+Will, describes how the surrounding environment helped inform the aesthetic of a new healthcare facility in Newnan, Georgia and how flooring was incorporated into the design.

Focus on Leadership - January 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Rick McConnell, president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, about the business of running trade shows and how Hanley Wood keeps the Surfaces show relevant for residential flooring professionals.

People Power - January 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Scott Humphrey examines how to have an impact on others, offering examples from his personal and professional life, as well as the lives of public figures like Zig Ziglar and Eddie Robinson, former football coach at Grandbling State.

Best Practices - January 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles Great Western Flooring Company, a Chicago based retailer that has figured out how to adapt to the shift away from builder business.

Wood Cuts - January 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Michael Martin, CEO of the National Wood Flooring Association, discusses issues of lumber supply and what can be expected now that hardwood flooring demand is starting to pick up.

Design Ovations - January 2013   Full Article
Kristin Dorais, a senior designer at Integrated Architecture Interiors, offers her design picks, including carpet tile from Shaw and Interface, textural rugs from Scott Group Custom Carpets, and loose-lay resilient flooring from Roppe.

Facility Managers Survey 2012 - December 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm analyzes the results of the biennial facility managers survey. The survey covers everything from the responsibilities and challenges of facility managers to favorite products and manufacturers in both carpet and hard surface flooring.

The Rug Market - December 2012   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier takes a close look at the area rug business, focusing on how ecommerce is impacting the industry. The article also examines price points and marketing strategies, including those using multimedia.