Executive editor Darius Helm, with statistics by Market Insights LLC, discusses how the 1% growth in sales was all on the hard surfaces side, while carpet business sales were down. A period of escalating raw material costs may be approaching soon.
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Contributing editor Ruth Simon McRae covers some of the new ceramic styles and designs that premiered at Coverings. New innovations included variations of luster in terrazzo looks, distressed looks in concrete and tiles with wallpaper-type patterns.
Editor Beth Miller reviews some recycling updates from The Carpet America Recovery Effort. After facing a $3.25 million fine, CARE has put together a new plan that would allow it to move forward with grants and possibly exceed a 24% recycle rate.
Editor Beth Miller interviews four commercial contractors, two Fuse Alliance and two Starnet members, to learn how concrete moisture issues are created by tight construction schedules as well as possible technologies that could provide remedies.
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings highlights methods of digital marketing leading flooring organizations use to capitalize on the 80% of consumers who start shopping online. Omni-channel marketing, a major focus, accounts for 97% of sales.
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Barry Richards, principal and studio leader of the Rockwell Group, to ask about creativity, high-profile projects, design tools and the role of flooring. Barry is best known for Rockwell's licensed product collections.
Stephanie Lee of Group Design details how her firm used inspiration from Viejas Valley's surrounding geography to design Willows Hotel and Spa, with flooring from Brintons, Emser Tile and Porcelanosa, among others, to help complete the vision.
Editor Jessica Chevalier showcases BT Mancini Company's priority of establishing long-term partnerships with customers and employees by doing things like celebrating last year's eclipse together as a company and valuing face-to-face interactions.
Contributing editor Christine B. Whittemore breaks down how to use social listening as a tool to find relevant search terms and conversations about your company on social networks so your employees can gain insights on what matters to customers.
Contributing editor Sam Allman details the power of being unique and how examining your life to find your own unique talents, purpose and personal brand can strengthen your interactions and influence over the people you put effort into caring about.