Spring Air Focusing on Social Media with New Agency

Boston-based mattress licensing group Spring Air International has engaged a digital agency in keeping with its 2017 strategy to increase conversations with consumers using a variety of digital marketing methods. Spring Air is working with Trio, a full-service marketing communications firm based in Grimes, Iowa, that specializes in social media and web design. “We’re not […]

Serta Simmons Picks Up New Business at Mattress Firm

Houston-based sleep shop chain Mattress Firm and Atlanta-based mattress major Serta Simmons Bedding LLC have entered into a five-year agreement considerably expanding their relationship. The news follows the sleep shop chain’s 2016 acquisition by Steinhoff International Holdings NV, based in Johannesburg, and the subsequent severing of its relationship with Tempur Sealy International Inc. in the […]

Overwhelmed? 5 Steps to Make Your To-do List Manageable

Overwhelmed? 5 Steps to Make Your To-do List Manageable

Sometimes your workload seems impossible. Kat Boogaard offers these five tips on Inc.com to get your to-do list under control. 1. Prioritize. Prioritization is almost always step one. Boogaard recommends creating a matrix by drawing a square and dividing it into four sections. On the left, label the two boxes “urgent” and “not urgent.” At the […]

Why Hank Little Loves Fast Boats, Fast Cars—and Fast Quilters

Why Hank Little Loves Fast Boats, Fast Cars—and Fast Quilters

Under Hank Little’s leadership, Atlanta Attachment accelerates through challenges, acquisition. BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Hank Little, president of Atlanta Attachment Co., says he has two real passions in life: “fishing and going fast.” Speeding at 75 mph in a souped-up bass boat to land a fish is Little’s idea of a day made in heaven. Perhaps […]

Supply-Side Economics: 10 Strategies for Building and Maintaining Profitable, Lasting Partnerships with Your Suppliers

Supply-Side Economics: 10 Strategies for Building and Maintaining Profitable, Lasting Partnerships with Your Suppliers

BY JULIE A. PALM Quick! Name the people most vital to your company’s success. Did you say your employees? Yes, definitely important. Customers? Of course. But what about your suppliers? They may not have jumped immediately to mind, but whether your business thrives or withers is rooted in your relationship with your suppliers. If  “suppliers” wasn’t your […]

Understanding the 4 Cornerstones of a Great Business

Understanding the 4 Cornerstones of a Great Business

Create a strong foundation for success with a balanced focus and these cornerstones: BY RANDALL BELL Throughout the world, majestic structures stand as legacies to history’s greatest empires and civilizations. The castles of medieval Europe, the aqueducts of the Roman Empire, the temples of ancient Greece, the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of ancient […]

More Americans Take Their Work Home with Them

More Americans Take Their Work Home with Them

Despite a growing concern for work-life balance, more Americans are working well past the traditional eight-hour day. CareerBuilder.com, an employment services website, commissioned a survey of 3,244 full-time workers in the private sector across industries and company sizes to find how the traditional 9-to-5 workday is faring. Nearly three in five workers (59%) say it’s […]

How-to Have More Productive Meetings

How-to Have More Productive Meetings

Ever been in a long, unproductive meeting? We all have at some time or another. Here’s how to avoid them: Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” and other books on happiness and habit formation, recommends these strategies for making the most out of meetings. Start on time and end on time. It may be […]