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.

Pierce Flooring: Best Practices   Full Article
Dec. 2013—Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles Pierce Flooring and Pierce Carpet Mill Outlet, with seven locations in Montana. The firm, which has been in business for 70 years, credits part of its success to being "all things to all people."

Compensation Strategies: Successful Selling   Full Article
Dec. 2013—Contributing editor Sam Allman delves into compensation strategies, offering an overview of different approaches, and shows how the right strategy can be used to motivate staff and enhance productivity.

Flor, Mannington LVT, Crossville Wood Look Porcelain: DesignOvations   Full Article
Dec 2013—Pamela Sullivan, Project manager with DesignPoint, uses text and images to describe her favorite flooring materials, including carpet tiles from Flor, LVT like Mannington's Dissolve and wood-look porcelain, like Crossville's Reclamation Line.

Focus 100 Retail - November 2013   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm reports on the state of the residential flooring business, including the multi-family market, with reports from retailers and contractors, as well as the buying groups. The article also features this year's Top 100 list.

The New Age of Airport Design - November 2013   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier discusses the extraordinary performance demands of flooring in airports through two case studies: Terminal 2 of San Francisco International Airport and Terminal F of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Retail Display 2013: Flor, The Floor Project, Pilot Floor Covering   Full Article
November 2013—This year's display awards showcase clear messaging, innovative use of the space and new ideas for samples, with boston's Flor taking the top spot, followed by The Floor Project, and Pilot Floor Covering.

Commoditization: Channel Wars   Full Article
November 2013—Retail consultant Jim Dion, founder and president of Dionco Inc., discusses commoditization, the loss leader tactic and strategies for fighting the race to the bottom.

Global Tile Show: Cersaie - November 2013   Full Article
Editor Anne Harr reviews this year's Cersaie tile show, held in September in Bolgna, Italy. The report features product reviews from some of the leading Italian manufacturers, as well as product trends.

The Economy, Imola, Aquafil and NeoCon East: Startegic Exchange   Full Article
Nov. 2013—Publisher Kemp Harr weighs in on the government shutdown, and also reports on site visits, including Imola's Advanced Continua line near Bologna, Italy and Aquafil's Econyl plant in Slovenia, which converts post-consumer nylon into new pellets.

Demonica Kemper Architects Renovate a Campus: Designer Forum   Full Article
November 2013—Rebekah Wightman discusses her firm's design of the Center for Contemporary Technology at Moraine Valley Community College on the outskirts of Chicago and the role of flooring from Altro, Abet and Milliken.