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David Perry
David Perry Bedding Editor Hi! I'm David Perry, the bedding editor for Furniture/Today. This is an online version of my Bedding Today column, which appears weekly in the pages of Furniture/Today. I invite you to take advantage of this blog format to share your comments on the topics that I tackle each week..
  • Conference, Magowitz events add up to big week

    Two big bedding events unfold at the Omni Orlando Resort in Championsgate, Fla., next month. Furniture/Today’s Bedding Conference is set for May 14-16 and will be followed immediately by the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, which runs May 16-17. Between the two events you can pick up compelling business insights from bedding leaders on the retail, wholesale and supply sides of the business, enjoy great networking opportunities, honor retail excellence in bedding, and support the industrywide fight against the perils of pancreatic cancer. The keynote speaker for the Bedding Conference is Don Peppers, one of the world’s leading ... Read More
  • To be a hybrid or not is puzzling question

    With apologies to the Bard, we begin with a slight addition to one of his quotes: "To be a hybrid mattress, or not to be: that is the question." Yes, William Shakespeare might have offered up that question if he were surveying the mattress scene these days. One of literature’s greatest writers would surely be baffled by the tough spot we find ourselves in as an industry, caught between definitions that don’t easily fit our changed mattress landscape. The names of the beds we have created swirl through the marketplace: Hybrids, gel beds, “real” gel beds, specialty sleep ... Read More
  • Expanding High Point bedding scene adds Rush, Xsensor, Vi-Spring

    I've been attending High Point Markets for more than a quarter of a century and I know that each market offers something new. And, as one of my industry friends once told me: “New always trumps old.” So this week we welcome three bedding companies making their High Point Market debuts. First let me rush into an introduction to Rush Mattress, a new foam bedding company established by bedding veteran Harry Goodman and veteran manufacturer Mike Rush. Goodman, who spent several years at Sleepy’s, says the new company “is dedicated to high quality, great value and total flexibility ... Read More
  • Fresh bedding lines to consider as Market nears

    And so it begins again. A new season. New looks. Fresh attitudes. No, I’m not talking about the emergence of spring, which officially arrived last week. Old Man Winter played such mean tricks on us in High Point this year that I’m not sure he’s really gone yet. I am talking about the start of the spring High Point Market. The bedding charts that you will find elsewhere in this issue attest that another mattress market is just around the corner. In the spirit of fresh starts, let’s take a look at some of the fresh ... Read More
  • Does Consumer Reports understand mattresses?

    When Consumer Reports tackles the tricky issue of mattress ratings, everyone notices. (See recent article.) Consumers notice, of course, given the respect with which many hold the consumer products evaluation source. And those of us in the mattress industry notice, too, but sometimes for different reasons. More on that in a moment. There is no denying the importance of the mattress and retail ratings assigned by Consumer Reports. This is a credible organization and it makes a serious attempt to rate top innerspring and memory foam mattresses — and the retailers who sell them. The mattress brands that score high on ... Read More
  • Business warming up with return of spring

    Things I learned at Premarket last week in High Point: March comes in like a lion. “Hybrid” is a good word and we will be seeing more of them. Retailers are looking for different looks in high-end beds. While Premarket is more focused on case goods and upholstery than on mattresses, there were some bedding showrooms open in High Point last week. I made the rounds on Monday (when a “wintry mix” of sleet and snow swirled through the city on icy breezes) and on Tuesday, meeting a handful of top bedding execs. Therapedic CEO Gerry Borreggine was manning his ... Read More
  • Bedding Conference adds mojo with Magowitz

    We will be helping retailers make more mojo at our upcoming Bedding Conference. Yes, mojo is a good thing, something that all successful retailers must possess. It’s the power that allows individuals and companies to be at the top of their game. “Making Mojo at Retail” is the theme of the conference, set for May 14-16 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, Fla. We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic at our conference. The Bedding Conference runs from Wednesday, May 14, through the morning of Friday, May 16, and the ... Read More
  • Specialty sleep sank in 2013 but can bounce back

    Something extraordinary happened in the specialty sleep arena last year. For the first time since the International Sleep Products Assn. began breaking out innerspring and specialty mattress figures (in 2004), specialty sleep mattress units and dollars declined in a non-recession year.And for the first time ever, the innerspring category grew in units and dollars when the specialty category declined. We do need to add a qualifier here. Those record-shattering trends are based on preliminary figures for 2013 recently released by ISPA. Final figures won't be available for a few months. But we would be greatly surprised if those ... Read More
  • 5-year retail sales forecast calls for bedding growth

    This week we shake off the pressing issues of the day and take a long-term look at where the mattress category is heading. The answer: to a pretty good place.The Retail Planning Guide that we published late last year contained a wealth of fascinating insights into markets around the country, and also included our forecasts of retail spending by furniture category for 2018.Yes, I know 2018 seems like a very far way away as we all get used to writing "2014" these days, but it is helpful to step back every now and then from questions about how ... Read More
  • Celebrities help industry promote better sleep

    Celebrities added their star power to the recent mattress market in Las Vegas. That was - and is - a good thing. Our category can use some help in getting its better sleep message out to the public.The celebrities included a doctor, an actor, an actress with an unusual gift, and a super-toned young lady. I had the opportunity to talk to each of them, and I can tell you that each has a message that will help our industry.Simmons had a breakthrough market with its two new product lines and the high-profile celebrities who are endorsing them.The night ... Read More
  • Bedding loomed large in Vegas as mattress market boomed

    Wow! That was some bedding market that wrapped up in Las Vegas last week. Retail traffic was stellar. Major mattress retailers from around the country flooded bedding showrooms, responding enthusiastically to the massive offering of new mattress and sleep accessories lines. Bedding exhibitors gave the show rave reviews, calling it the best - or one of the best - they've ever seen. In my dozens of calls on bedding showrooms, I only found one bedding company that was disappointed with its traffic. I guess there is one in every crowd. Bedding loomed extra-large in Las Vegas last week. The parking deck ... Read More
  • Prana, Juel, SensorPedic lead Vegas newcomer list

    PranaSleep is bringing its high-end bedding line, the No. 1 brand at Florida-based City Mattress, to the Las Vegas Market this week. Also debuting in Las Vegas is Juel Sleep Solutions, part of the Noel Group family of businesses, which is showing a new specialty sleep line with engineered foam cores. And SensorPedic is bringing new sleep accessories lines to its first Vegas show.Those are three key bedding newcomers that should generate some excitement at the upcoming market, a bedding-heavy affair that keeps adding mattress and sleep accessories companies. Here's a quick look at some of the newcomers ... Read More