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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..
The evening began with cocktails and mattress-fueled conversations at dusk in the desert. Old friendships were renewed and new friendships were initiated as the men and women of the bedding industry mixed and mingled on the well-manicured terrace of the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Ariz. (See video coverage.)That was the scene at our latest Bedding Conference, which drew a record c... Read MoreComments (1)
Those strong business prospects that greeted us earlier this year have seemingly been swept away in a torrent of bad news. Where did that burst of optimism that launched the year go? Perhaps a more important question is: Can we get it back?We'll tackle that question in a moment, but first a recap of recent developments:* Select Comfort reported that its first quarter sales decreased 2% and said t... Read MoreComments (0)
From promotional price points to the high end of the market, mattress makers made news at the recent High Point Market.The news at the promotional end of the market may not be all good. I saw some very strong promotional lines that could command medium price points, in my book. And I'm not sure it's wise to offer such strong values at starting price points, as it makes it harder for retailers to s... Read MoreComments (7)
Some three dozen bedding producers are open for business during the spring High Point Market. There are several brand-new products I'm looking forward to seeing.There are more than 8,000 reasons to see Therapedic's new Crossover bed, the top model in the revamped Agility line of hybrid bedding. The Crossover, retailing at a lofty $2,999, has six layers of micro-coils - more than 8,000 in all. It o... Read MoreComments (2)
What's new in mattresses at the High Point Market? Two bedding producers, Cellupedic and Campbell Mattress, are making their High Point debuts.Cellupedic is part of a worldwide corporation that began in Seoul, South Korea, where the company opened its first showroom in 1998. Cellupedic opened its first North American showroom in California last year and plans to open 10 more this year. It operates... Read MoreComments (0)
When I addressed a few hundred retailers at the Nationwide Marketing Group's recent Furniture Summit in Las Vegas, I had a simple message: Carry more bedding. And I had the statistics to back that message up.Bedding is the only major product category that pays furniture stores a premium. Other major categories actually penalize furniture retailers, according to Furniture/Today's market research.Th... Read MoreComments (1)
A not-so-funny thing happened to the mattress industry since those positive vibes swept through Las Vegas mattress showrooms in late January. Business has gone south. No, this is not an April Fool's joke.We heard many reports of lousy business in February, and the International Sleep Products Assn. confirmed them with its just-issued February Bedding Barometer report. That report, which presents a... Read MoreComments (4)
Larry Rogers, a Sealy executive for more than three decades, had been planning to retire last year. But that was before he helped engineer a deal to sell Sealy to Tempur-Pedic International, the fastest-growing bedding company in the past decade.Now that the deal is completed, Rogers finds himself with a new business partner: Tempur-Pedic CEO Mark Sarvary."I like this guy," Rogers said,... Read MoreComments (0)
What's the best type of mattress to buy? I wish I had a dollar (or two) for every time someone has asked me that. My answer, of course, is that there are many great mattresses on the market and that the real question is: What's the best mattress for your needs and your price range?Thanks to some important consumer research that we undertook last year with Apartment Therapy, I can now give a concis... Read MoreComments (5)
Another strong Furniture/Today Bedding Conference is taking shape, out west this year. Click here for registration details.This year's event is set for May 8-10 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, a beautiful facility in Chandler, Ariz., in the greater Phoenix market. We are headed to the western half of the country because we want to provide a change of pace from our more traditional Florida... Read MoreComments (0)
Is "airbed" a bad word? I didn't think so, but now I'm starting to wonder, thanks to a recent product introduction by Tempur-Pedic.The memory foam leader made big news at the Las Vegas Market a few weeks ago with the introduction of the two high-end beds in its Tempur-Choice Collection. In our coverage, we called those "airbeds." I mean, they do feature air chambers.But Tempur-... Read MoreComments (1)
This week we attempt to do something risky: Read the tea leaves for 2013. Note: Any predictions this column makes may or may not come true. Make your business plans accordingly.Indications that this will be a strong year for the mattress category are obvious. The booming bedding market in Las Vegas is certainly a leading indicator. Traffic in mattress showrooms was strong, new products were everyw... Read MoreComments (0)