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  • King Koil talks about global comfort

    King Koil talks about global comfort

    King Koil President Owen Shoemaker gives Bedding Editor David Perry an update on how King Koil sells comfort around the world – and in the United States. (Video series sponsored by Symbol Mattress.)

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    November 21, 2017

    Aggressive online prediction comes true … 13 years later

    Talk about a blast from the past. I was working on some stories on Furniture Today’s first 40 years, flipping through past issues, where an ad jumped out at me. “She found comfort online,” the ad said. “Wire your bedding business to capture 10% market share.” That was an ad by 1-800-Mattress, the owner of the powerful mattress.com website, which had a robust omnichannel strategy long before that term was coined. The ad ran in our 2004 Bedding Yearbook and was dated Nov. 29, 2004. Now, almost exactly 13 years later, it is clear that 1-800-Mattress was well ...

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  • Erin Berg

    On the Slant

    Erin Berg

    November 20, 2017

    What’s a thankful tree and how do you grow it?

    It’s the week of Thanksgiving and a perfect time for my turn in the column rotation because I have been thinking a lot lately about gratitude. One of my family traditions this time of year is called the Thankful Tree. A branch taken from our yard is placed in a vase and adorned with cut-out paper leaves on which family and friends who come over can write something for which they are thankful. One of the leaves I will be writing this year expresses my immeasurable gratitude for a few outstanding individuals who have served as mentors during my ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    November 16, 2017

    Did furniture stores not get the retail apocalypse memo?

    I keep reading about this retail apocalypse thing. Apparently brick and mortar is dead. It’s time to turn all that space into condos or something. Just yesterday I received an e-mail asking if we were working on any year-in-review/looking-ahead stories focusing on the retail apocalypse. It seems there’s a cottage industry of experts just waiting to share their thoughts on this seeming inevitability. Who knew? I was already to call and find out what they knew that I didn’t. Then the U.S. Department of Commerce released its October results, and it seems it might not ...

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