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.

Laminate Update - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton takes a close look at the U.S. laminate industry, including price point movements, developments at NALFA, shifts in market channels and manufacturer highlights from the leading U.S. producers.

Summer Rug Market Review - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton reports on this year's Summer Rug Market in Atlanta, including trends at the show and highlights from Shaw Living, Karastan, Nourison and Oriental Weavers.

Strategic Exchange - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the impact of the political campaigning on retail sales, as well as Interface's divestment of Bentley Prince Street and the benefits of properly trained installers.

Designer Forum - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Brian Hilvert of SHP Leading Design writes about the firm's design of the new London Middle School campus in London, Ohio. The design features energy efficiency, an abundance of natural light, and flooring products by Shaw and Nora.

Focus on Leadership - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Arthur Dodge III, chairman and CEO of Ecore, in a wide-ranging discussion including the history of the firm, environmental strategies, new products and ideas about where the firm is going.

Best Practices - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton profiles Columbus Flooring & More, a Georgia based flooring retailer that's been in the business nearly 50 years and has developed unique ways of getting its message out to potential customers.

Tile Files - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
A primer on Italian tile includes a history of tile development, the importance of the Sassuolo region, and key details on the Cersaie tile show in Bologna, Italy.

Wood Cuts - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Contributing editor Michael Martin discusses the need in the hardwood flooring industry to synchronize production capacity with rising demand, following several years of capacity reductions.

Survey 2012: What the Retailers Think - July 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm analyzes this year's survey responses from across the country, covering topics ranging from favorite hard surface and soft surface flooring manufacturers to the state of the market, top problems and keys to improving business.

NeoCon 2012 - July 2012   Full Article
Floor Focus presents a review of this year's NeoCon show, held annually at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, including new carpet, fiber and hard surface introductions, Best of NeoCon winners, and the major trends at the show.