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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.


Tollefson's Retail Group: Best Practices - Feb 2015   Full Article
Features editor Jessica Chevealier profiles Tollefson's, which as 11 flooring stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. The firm, which also includes 11 Slumberland furniture stores, has been in business for 90 years.

Cluelessness is the reason most people eventually fail   Full Article
People Power, Feb 2015—Contributing editor Sam Allman writes about self-defeating behaviors—shame, blame and justify—and how they arise, and he also offers strategies for avoiding those behaviors and changing one's outlook.

Dealing with the direct sell: Contractor's Corner   Full Article
Feb 2015—Contributing editor Dave Stafford takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of the direct sell, including case studies, and offers compelling strategies for coping with some of the most common scenarios.

The evolution of carpet design follows servo drive evolution   Full Article
Looking Back, Feb 2015—Ennis O'Neil, an industry veteran who led Shaw Contract for over 20 years, takes a look back at the technological developments in carpet manufacturing, singling out contributions by Tuftco, CMC and Tapistron.

Surfaces Preview: New carpet and hard surface flooring for 2015   Full Article
Jan 2015—Executive editor Darius Helm offers a sneak peek of flooring products being intro'd at Surfaces, with previews from Dixie, Phenix, Couristan, Kane, Daltile, Crossville, Tarkett, Quick-Step, Mullican, Hallmark, Armstrong and many more.

Beyond Las Vegas: Intros from Shaw, Mohawk, Oriental Weavers and more   Full Article
Jan 2015—Senior editor Calista Sprague reviews new product from manufacturers not exhibiting at Surfaces, including Shaw, Mohawk, Beaulieu, American Olean, Oriental Weavers, Mirage, Ragno USA, Floorfolio, Florida Tile, Florim, Novalis and Metroflor.

Retail Sector Update: New shopping trends drive retail renovations   Full Article
Jan 2015—Executive editor Darius Helm takes a close look at the state of the retail sector, with analysis of construction outlooks and design development, as well as how new generations and digital capabilities are together transforming the retail space.

The Backing Business: Reports on Propex, UTT, Mattex, Etex, Dow and more   Full Article
Jan 2015—Senior editor Calista Sprague reports on the state of the carpet backing business, with updates on all of the independent backing producers, along with a report on producers of underlayments and specialty systems.

Tarkett's Resilient HQ: An up close look at U.S. headquarters   Full Article
Jan 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr takes a look at Tarkett's 51,000 square foot headquarters in Solon, Ohio and discusses how the design of the interior space showcases both the values of the firm and its various brand identities.

Distributors' Perspective: Success from evolving with the market   Full Article
Jan 2015—Features editor Jessica Chevalier examines the state of the flooring distribution business with prominent distributors, including Fishman Flooring Solutions, Galleher Corporation and Erickson's Flooring & Supply.

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