Interzum Cologne 2017 Mattress Manufacturing Machinery

Interzum Cologne 2017 Mattress Manufacturing Machinery

BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH New solutions for tomorrow’s networked, automated plants Equipment that can repair and maintain itself, runs faster and requires a very small learning curve—that’s the dream of every mattress manufacturer, and machinery suppliers tried to fulfill that wish. Check out some of the latest news from the machinery hall […]

Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Anyone unable to attend Interzum Cologne last month to look at components and machinery related to mattress manufacturing is in luck, because ISPA EXPO 2018 will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars for March 14-16 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. It’s the best place to […]

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Manufacturing Renaissance

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Manufacturing Renaissance

Follow these tips to attract and retain your next-generation labor force BY BARBARA T. NELLES In these post-recessionary times, with many hoping to see a U.S. manufacturing rebirth, the moment is right to retool recruitment and retention practices for your factory floor. How do you attract mechanically inclined millennials to your machine maintenance crew? What is […]

Interzum 2017, Get Comfortable in Cologne

Interzum 2017, Get Comfortable in Cologne

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Use these tips and tools to make it easy to mix work and pleasure in this historic city. Every two years, members of the sleep products industry converge on Cologne, Germany, to exhibit or shop for components or machinery at the Interzum Cologne trade fair. The enormous show, held this year […]

Forecast for Spring is Cool and Gray at 2017 Winter Las Vegas Market

Forecast for Spring is Cool and Gray at 2017 Winter Las Vegas Market

New products and retooled brands reflect industry’s fascination with a trendy shade—and the importance of sleeping cool BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH The editors of BedTimes braved rain and wintry weather at the Winter Las Vegas Market Jan. 22-26 in search of news from sleep products exhibitors. It was well worth the effort […]

Consumer Reports Sheds Light—and Dark—on Mattresses

Consumer Reports Sheds Light—and Dark—on Mattresses

When Consumer Reports talks, people listen. So while we usually don’t write about other magazine stories in this column, we felt the publication’s February cover story, “Secrets to a Great Night’s Sleep,” warrants review. BY MARY BEST & BARBARA T. NELLES The 14-page feature opens with the results of a survey of 62,000 Consumer Reports […]

7 Tips for a Nimble and Innovative New Year

7 Tips for a Nimble and Innovative New Year

I wish you a prosperous New Year with this distillation of business tips–the result of years of reporting for BedTimes and many conversations with bedding industry insiders. 1 – BE SCARED Business optimism abounds, but a good dose of market paranoia is a healthy thing. If you’re not feeling threatened by the usual competition and, […]

Fall High Point Market Bedding News

Fall High Point Market Bedding News

BY BETH ENGLISH AND BARBARA T. NELLES After touring sleep products showrooms at the quietly interesting High Point Market Oct. 22-26, we bring you this series of vignettes filled with some intriguing finds–from two-sided mattresses to pillows with springs. Gold Bond thinks young Mattress and futon manufacturer Gold Bond, with headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut, rolled […]