Last year saw plenty of upheaval. Contributing editor Sandy Smith says effective communication and being flexible to those changes will determine who succeeds, and he offers tips for flooring businesses on reaching customers during this time.
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Designer Kelly Ennis, founder and principal of The Verve Partnership in Maryland, highlights some of her favorite commercial flooring products, including some from J+J Flooring and Shaw Contract, and how they meet her needs in both form and function.
Facility Manager Update: Manufacturers weigh in on the needs of facility managers and how to be effective partners for them - Dec 2020
Executive editor Darius Helm talks with floorcovering manufacturers and contract dealers about the role of facility managers in the industry, focusing on how producers can best support facility managers in their crucial but often overvalued efforts.
Leadership Outlook 2021: Top execs find opportunity amid chaos and remain positive about 2021 - Dec 2020
Amid a year that created much uncertainty, leaders of the industry’s top manufacturers say flexibility and adaptability were key to survival. Editor Meg Scarbrough talked with them about their takeaways from the year and what 2021 has in store.
Product Strategies 2021: With shows reformatted, flooring manufacturers adjust their market strategies for the coming year - Dec 2020
As industry trade shows continue to reformat their programs amid the pandemic, we talked to the industry’s leading floorcovering manufacturers about their strategies for connecting with customers and taking products to market heading into 2021.
Carpet Fiber Overview: A detailed look at carpet face fiber in the residential and commercial markets - Dec 2020
Executive editor Darius Helm takes a deep dive into carpet fiber and examines what’s happening in the residential and commercial markets, what key players are focused on, and the battle between low-cost PET fiber and higher-performing nylons.
The year was a real test of moral fiber, especially for leaders who were forced to make tough workforce decisions as the economy took a hit early in the pandemic. Publisher Kemp Harr talks about that challenge as well as what drives flooring trends.
Doug Enck, EVP of the commercial division of Shaw, is the third generation of his family to enter the flooring business and he has worn many hats over the years. Publisher Kemp Harr talks with him about his time in the industry and being a leader.
Designer Michael Wagner takes us through the design of Stewart Engineering and how Gensler incorporated city features—boulevards, greenspaces and urban life—to create a space that inspires team members and one that reflects the company’s culture.
Rick Oderio is a second-generation flooring retailer based in the Bay Area. Editor Jessica Chevalier caught up with him to discuss how he has led four retail locations to more than $20 million in annual sales in one of the country’s hottest markets