New boxed mattresses for brick-and-mortar as well as e-commerce

New boxed mattresses for brick-and-mortar as well as e-commerce

More Beds In Boxes BY BARBARA T. NELLES The appeal of corrugated cardboard boxes knew no bounds at Las Vegas Market Jan. 24-28. Sleep products vendors at the winter show, the mattress industry’s most news-filled wholesale market, pushed out lots of boxed beds, bases–and even compressed pillows. All are suitable for “flooring” in store or at […]

The Beauty of High Point Market—in Mattress Showrooms

The Beauty of High Point Market—in Mattress Showrooms

I confess—sometimes, at furniture markets, I wander past showrooms filled with snazzy upholstery, case goods to die for and crazy holiday tchotchkes, feeling sorry for myself. A smorgasbord of trends and styles on display—and I get to look at mattresses. But this week’s High Point Market was different. The smaller mattress industry players now occupying […]

Interzum Cologne: Rocking and ‘rolling’ in the machinery hall

Interzum Cologne: Rocking and ‘rolling’ in the machinery hall

BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETSI ROBINSON Throughout the machinery hall at Interzum Cologne in Germany May 5-8, exhibitors put a strong emphasis on speed and automation as a solution to rising global labor costs. And to meet the needs of big mattress producers operating in consolidated marketplaces, machinery suppliers offered efficiency improvements and more […]

Interzum Cologne: Art meets tech in ticking showrooms

Interzum Cologne: Art meets tech in ticking showrooms

BY BARBARA T. NELLES In upbeat ticking showrooms at Interzum Cologne in Germany May 5-8,  mattress makers were there to buy, fabric suppliers told BedTimes. “We are finally back to where we were 10 years ago!” said Apollonija Spela Honigsman, research and development manager for Bodet & Horst in Elterlein, Germany. “Four years ago buyers […]

Mattress manufacturers and suppliers look for transportation efficiencies

BY BARBARA T. NELLES The fuel spike of summer 2008 was just the beginning. The global credit crisis and financial meltdown that followed dissolved any remaining complacency that the mattress industry may have felt about transportation logistics. Shrinking orders combined with unstable gas prices mean that companies—often now operating with reduced staffs—are under intense pressure […]

Flexible factory directs

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Though down in numbers because of overall trends toward consolidation in the wider mattress industry, factory directs and their distinct business model continue to stake claim to a significant portion of the bedding industry. BedTimes recently took the temperature at a variety of factory-direct mattress makers in an effort to chart […]