What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race

What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race

The title of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s management professor Andrew Carton’s latest research is playful, but important. But there is an important lesson to be learned from his paper, “I’m Not Mopping the Floors, I’m Putting a Man on the Moon: How NASA Leaders Enhanced the Meaningfulness of Work by Changing […]

Spring Air International Adds Michael Giurleo to New Position

Spring Air International Adds Michael Giurleo to New Position

Boston-based mattress licensing group Spring Air International has named Michael Giurleo to the new position of director of e-commerce. The post is part of the company’s strategic initiative to capitalize on the power of digital marketing to communicate more frequently and effectively with consumers, Spring Air said in a news release. This follows an earlier […]

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 […]

Protect-A-Bed Helps Retailers Sell Add-ons with “Grow the Retail Basket” Campaign

Protect-A-Bed Helps Retailers Sell Add-ons with “Grow the Retail Basket” Campaign

Protect-A-Bed, a Chicago-based supplier of mattresses, protection products and sleep accessories, has launched “Grow the Retail Basket,” a campaign to help its retail partners enhance their add-on accessories sales. The Grow the Retail Basket program focuses on offering retailers assistance with store displays, marketing and training. “We recognize that the accessory business represents untapped potential […]

Tempur Sealy Terminates Mattress Firm Contracts

Tempur Sealy Terminates Mattress Firm Contracts

Tempur Sealy International Inc. announced in a Jan. 30 news release that it had terminated all contracts with sleep shop chain Mattress Firm, after the two companies were unable to reach a mutually agreeable supply arrangement. The mattress manufacturing major Tempur Sealy, which has headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, said it expects to cease doing business […]

Retailer Web Services Holiday Deals Include Mattresses

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Retailer Web Services, a digital marketing and software solutions supplier to retailers of mattresses and other durable goods, deployed more than 4,000 deals and special offers to retail customers’ websites beginning in early November. The goal was to help retailers increase e-commerce sales, while assisting consumers in staying ahead of the holiday shopping […]

Select Comfort Income Slips in Third Quarter

Select Comfort Corp., the Minneapolis-based manufacturer and retailer of the Sleep Number airbed brand, reported net sales of $368 million in the third quarter of 2016, reflecting a 1.6% decline compared with third-quarter 2015. Net income dipped 19.2% to $25.7 million, and yielded earnings per share of $0.56. EPS in the prior-year quarter were $0.62. […]

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 […]

Glideaway Sets Fresh Targets as It Soars into Future

Glideaway Sets Fresh Targets as It Soars into Future

BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Family-owned company opening new markets, adding bedding veterans From the start, innovation and reinvention have driven growth at Glideaway, a St. Louis-based manufacturer and distributor of mattresses, bed frames and other sleep products. Three generations of the Fredman family have kept a careful eye on shifts in the bedding market, company executives […]

BrandSource Hosts Yearly Conference for Members

BrandSource members gathered at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Aug. 28-31 for the Tustin, California-based buying group’s annual convention. A “thank you” to membership, the show also updated attendees on the latest developments in retailing. According to a news release, participants attended an array of educational seminars, workshops and motivational speeches by prominent figures in […]