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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..
A few weeks ago we talked in this space about bedding's ultra-powerful presence on furniture store floors. We noted that bedding gives furniture stores far more in sales than it commands in selling space, a performance no other product category can command.This week we share one of the less positive findings about bedding's performance in furniture stores. Like those glowing findings we shared a f... Read MoreComments (0)
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The specialty sleep category isn't looking so special these days. That much we know. What is harder to determine is if this traditional high-flying category can regain some its past magic.The latest bad news for the specialty sleep segment came from the September Bedding Barometer report, just issued by the International Sleep Products Assn. That report, which presents the performance of 15 U.S. m... Read MoreComments (2)
The 2013 Furniture Store Performance Report, one of the many exclusive reports provided to you only by your friends at Furniture/Today, once again underscores the importance of bedding for furniture stores.The good news here, and it remains extremely good news for furniture stores everywhere, is that the bedding segment continues to give back far more than it takes, a rarity on furniture store sal... Read MoreComments (3)
There was some good news at the just-completed High Point Market about bedding's prospects in the coming years. Actually, we should say some good predictions, courtesy of the forecast panel at the International Sleep Products Assn.In its October forecast, the panel sees modest growth this year, better dollar growth next year, and stronger unit and dollar gains in 2015. That growth would be welcome... Read MoreComments (4)
Autumn is a beautiful season in North Carolina (my favorite), and it provides a scenic backdrop for the October High Point Market: Bowls of candy corn, displays of plump pumpkins and avenues of trees displaying their changing colors.This market brings a potpourri of new bedding exhibitors; the change of seasons ushers in a changing cast of bedding characters.Two of the key newcomers aren't really... Read MoreComments (2)
The bedding world has been buzzing with talk about the recent departure of Bob Sherman, one of the most high-profile figures in the industry. Serta Simmons Holdings, the parent of Serta and Simmons, said that Sherman "has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests." His wife, Barbara Bradford, has also decided to do the same thing, the company announced.We don't yet know why... Read MoreComments (2)
Big new bedding lines for Broyhill and Thomasville make their High Point Market debuts later this month. So do new high-end models being introduced by Therapedic and Pure LatexBliss. And latex appears poised to gain some ground on retail floors.Those are just a few of the bedding highlights that will greet buyers shopping the High Point Market. Elsewhere in this issue you will find more details on... Read MoreComments (0)
It was a glorious spring day in London. Sunlight flooded the city, illuminating the grand edifices that stand tall across the ancient city. There was no trace of the famous London fog on this day. The sky was a brilliant blue.There was only one problem with this wonderful scene: It meant bad news for the mattress industry. On a day like this, you see, Londoners would be outdoors. My hosts on a bus... Read MoreComments (3)
Something remarkable is happening in Mattressville these days. Bedding specialty stores are dramatically reshaping the mattress landscape, making huge market share gains at the expense of the competition, which mostly means furniture stores.Our latest bedding distribution report, (click here for info) has the details, and they are striking.In just two years, the bedding specialty store channel has... Read MoreComments (0)
We know that the specialty sleep segment has hit a bit of a slump lately as hybrids are gaining traction in the market.But we certainly shouldn't be writing off the memory foam segment, as some memory foam lines remain robust performers in the market.And memory foam beds have some strong proponents, according to a secret shopper study we commissioned earlier this year in the hyper-competitive Phoe... Read MoreComments (7)
Get-A-Mattress, which bills itself as "the largest sleep store in the USA," is not a household name in the bedding industry. A senior bedding exec reacted in puzzlement when I told him I was visiting the retailer. "I've never heard of them," he confessed.Truth be told, I only learned about the retailer recently.A trip to California the other day gave me the chance to visit this... Read MoreComments (0)