How a product is displayed often plays a major role in whether or not it is sold.
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After years of strong growth, thanks in large part to the most robust housing market in history, conditions have gotten tough in the residential flooring business.
Since the majority of tile sold in the U.S. comes from Italy, it makes sense that the foremost trade show for that industry is in Bologna, Italy.
Installation may be the floorcovering industry’s biggest problem, but according to master carpet installer Jim Walker it can also be a retailer’s biggest asset.
One of the more interesting observations I took away from last month’s Top 250 Design Survey: the dramatic increase in the number of hard surface manufacturers designers are specifying these days.
One of the questions I’m asked frequently in my interaction with dealers is, “How can I, as an owner, manager, or leader, influence the performance of my team?”
Visual merchandising is the art and science of displaying products on the sales floor and in windows to increase store traffic and sales volume.
This year’s survey leaves little doubt that the commercial market has remained stronger and more diversified than ever for a third year in a row.
While Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu dominate the carpet manufacturing sector with roughly 80% of revenues, many smaller boutique mills are thriving in the luxury residential market.
Like other segments of the floorcovering industry, U.S. hardwood manufacturers are bracing themselves for a rough ride the rest of this year and probably for most of 2008.