ISPA EXPO 2018 wrap-up

ISPA EXPO 2018 wrap-up

BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH Making your bed and shipping it, too At this busy show, there were plenty of one-stop shopping opportunities as exhibitors kept one eye on customers and the other on consumers There was so much to see and do at ISPA EXPO 2018 March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. […]

ISPA EXPO 2018 mattress components and machinery slideshows

ISPA EXPO 2018 mattress components and machinery slideshows

By Barbara T. Nelles Photos Bert VanderVeen Yes, “Mother Natural” went a little wild at the Jones Nonwovens booth (right). Sometimes things get out of hand at ISPA EXPO. It’s thrilling to see so many innovations in mattress components and manufacturing equipment, all in one place. You get sensory overload. This is the bedding industry’s biggest […]

At the Las Vegas Market, hustle and bustle, plus hybrids aplenty

At the Las Vegas Market, hustle and bustle, plus hybrids aplenty

BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH The Winter Las Vegas Market Jan. 28-Feb. 1 in Las Vegas buzzed with happy energy, and bedding showrooms were filled with manufacturers and retailers excited about product debuts, new looks and bigger spaces. From high-tech components to super supportive feels, this year’s Las Vegas Market crop of mattresses, […]

Party pictures and first impressions from ISPA EXPO

Party pictures and first impressions from ISPA EXPO

With all eyes on the ultimate consumer, we didn’t spot much puffery, but there was fluff and ‘ploof’ aplenty at this busy show By Barbara T. Nelles Photos Bert VanderVeen ISPA EXPO 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week may have been an industrial trade fair, but it felt as though exhibitors, now more than […]

Our walking tour through mattress showrooms

Our walking tour through mattress showrooms

Beth English and I spent four days touring Winter Las Vegas Market last week. Scroll down to see a gallery of product images that we took, from creative angles. In the closeups, you’ll get an idea of some of the detailing that went into the latest crop of mattresses from a number of vendors. There’s […]

Finding things to love at a subdued Fall High Point Market

Finding things to love at a subdued Fall High Point Market

Two-sided beds, fancy fabrics and lots of boxed product for grab-and-go shoppers BY BETH ENGLISH AND BARBARA T. NELLES While the Fall High Point Market Oct. 14-18 in High Point, North Carolina, was a quiet one in bedding halls, the editors of BedTimes uncovered a healthy amount of new product news to share. Take a […]

Latex foam gets new bounce in beds

Latex foam gets new bounce in beds

BY BARBARA T. NELLES “Latex—it’s what everyone in the bedding business sleeps on, but no one sells.” Maybe this adage has finally had its day. The biggest news in latex foam as a bedding component is that mattress makers are using more of it. There also is growing demand for this premium core and cushion […]

Las Vegas Market is a mellow show with maximally cool products

Las Vegas Market is a mellow show with maximally cool products

Bedding exhibitors engage buyers with aesthetics, boxed goods and lots of temperature talk BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH Home furnishings buyer attendance at the Summer Las Vegas Market July 30-Aug. 3 was on a par with last summer’s show, according to officials at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, although to the editors of BedTimes, […]

Mattress industry news, compressed: Will it box?

Mattress industry news, compressed: Will it box?

As in, can I get this mattress, foundation, adjustable base or decorative bed into small cartons for easy shipping? BY BARBARA T. NELLES That is the overall theme as I walk through the moderately busy Summer Las Vegas Market visiting mattress and sleep accessories exhibitors. It seems easy-ship has become the mantra of the sleep […]

Interzum Cologne 2017 Overview

Interzum Cologne 2017 Overview

Faster, Smarter, Easier: Busy show features tools and components for streamlining and simplifying mattress production BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH The biennial trade fair Interzum Cologne May 16-19 in Cologne, Germany, was the largest ever with a 15% increase in exhibition space and 19% more visitors than the 2015 show, said organizer Koelnmesse […]

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