Mattress & Bedding industry news, features and analysis
Mark Quinn, who raised the profile of Leggett & Platt in his marketing work with the home furnishings components supplier, is leaving the company to pursue a new business opportunity. More
The owner of a St. Louis-based mattress retailer is venturing into the wholesale segment of the business with the launch of a company that’s marketing a line of imported memory foam bedding. More
Latex International, a Talalay latex component producer, said George Suplee has rejoined the company and will oversee research and development and new product development. More
Components supplier Leggett & Platt said it has agreed to pay $39.8 million to settle some antitrust claims against the company involving the sale of polyurethane foam. More
The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary determination that Murphy wall bed units are exempt from antidumping duties on Chinese-made wooden bedroom furniture. More
Specialty bedding producer Dormeo N.A. has increased responsibilities for its three marketing directors following the departure of Dany Sfeir, chief marketing officer. More
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August 25, 2014It's time to adjust your thinking about the mattress industry these days. Yes, you need to add an action-packed word — “adjustable” — to your bedding vocabulary. We are talking this week about adjustable beds, one of the rising stars of the mattress category. About three in four of the furniture retailers and bedding sleep shops we surveyed earlier this year said they expect their adjustable bedding sales to be higher this year than last year. Significantly, none of those retailers expects a decline in adjustable bedding sales this year. That’s about as close to a sure thing as you ...
August 18, 2014The specialty sleep segment, which has been in the unfamiliar position of losing ground to the innerspring category of late, is staging a comeback. Specialty sleep, whose mainstays are memory foam, gel memory foam, latex foam and air chamber designs, nearly caught the innerspring segment in June, according to the Bedding Barometer report just issued by the International Sleep Products Assn. Now I know that lines between the categories are blurring, and that some industry figures say that comparing innerspring and specialty bedding figures is a risky exercise. I cheerfully acknowledge that a bed packed with latex and memory foam ...
August 12, 2014And the award for hardest-working retailers at the Las Vegas Market goes to … (drum roll, please) … Steven Stone of BedMart and Michael Nermon of Ergo Customized Comfort. The two West Coast bedding specialty retailers were still hard at work on Wednesday afternoon, when I saw them in the Specialty Sleep Assn. showroom. Apparently they didn’t get the memo that the market ended on Tuesday. I’m kidding about the memo. The market officially ended on Thursday, but major bedding retailers were in short supply on Wednesday, the fourth official day of the market. Monday and Tuesday were strong days ...
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