BekaertDeslee enjoys fruits of merger

BekaertDeslee enjoys fruits of merger

BY GARY JAMES Textile supplier has wider global reach, plus a mandate for innovation and customer service With the hard work of integrating two broad product lines, individual sales and management teams, and complex production and distribution networks now complete, BekaertDeslee enters 2018 with momentum. Its ambitious plans include expanding its global presence in its […]

How to make the most of online reviews

How to make the most of online reviews

BY BETH ENGLISH Try these strategies to make the most out of commentaries—whether positive or negative—on your product In today’s super-connected world, word-of-mouth travels fast. Gone are the days when people expressed opinions only to their friends, family and colleagues. Online review sites and social media have provided global platforms for anyone’s praise or criticism. […]

Americans feeling major stress

Americans feeling major stress

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. The latest version of Stressed in America, an annual analysis of how Americans are dealing with stress by the American Psychological Association, shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans worry about the country’s future, according to a Nov. 1, 2017, news release from the organization. Another 57% say the current political […]

Technology could spot fabric trends, augment shopping experience

Technology could spot fabric trends, augment shopping experience

For those who are on the lookout for what’s next in ticking and fabric, artificial intelligence might be useful in predicting trends, according to a Nov. 13, 2017, article on CNNMoney.com. Ranjitha Kuman, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her team are using algorithms to identify and […]

Off to a fresh start

Off to a fresh start

BY BETH ENGLISH There’s just something about a fresh start. Every year, when Jan. 1 rolls around many of us feel invigorated. We begin the new year with resolve. This is the year we finally will give up sweets, make it to the gym five days a week and follow a budget. We will work […]

Art Van PureSleep teams with Bedgear

Sleep products producer Bedgear has partnered with retailer Art Van Furniture, based in Warren, Michigan, to open branded boutiques within 17 Art Van PureSleep stores. The Bedgear Performance Sleep Shops provide “an interactive experience” and feature a full display of the Farmingdale, New York-based company’s mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets and protectors. “Our vision for our […]

Classic Brands partners with private equity investor

A&M Capital Opportunities, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, has purchased a stake in Classic Brands, a manufacturer and distributor of sleep products and home furnishings based in Jessup, Maryland. Neither the size of the investment or details of the transaction were disclosed. In a news release, Classic described itself as “a value- added manufacturing, sourcing, distribution […]

Culp net sales increase in latest quarter

Textile supplier Culp Inc. reported net sales of $80.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended Oct. 29, 2017. The sales are a 7.1% increase, compared with the same quarter in 2017.  Mattress fabric sales were $48.6 million, up 6.8% compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Upholstery fabric sales were […]

The gold standard of goal setting

The gold standard of goal setting

If you’re going to set goals for the new year, what’s the best way to go about it? In an April 14, 2017, article for Entrepreneur.com, Jeffrey Hayzlett, author of “Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless,” shares five golden rules for goal setting: 1. Set goals that motivate you. It seems obvious, […]

Want to keep off weight? Get your rest

Want to keep off weight? Get your rest

With the turning of the calendar, many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise and lose weight. But if people don’t resolve to get more sleep, they may be hurting their prospects of success. Several studies have shown a lack of sleep can have an impact on weight gain. Now researchers at the […]

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