Sleep Number teams up with Vikings

Minneapolis-based Sleep Number Corp., formerly Select Comfort Corp., has been named the “Official Sleep Wellness Partner” of the Minnesota Vikings football team. As part of a 10-year partnership, Sleep Number is providing individualized sleep and performance plans for players, coaches and staff. In addition, the bed brand is being integrated across a variety of platforms, […]

Buying groups Nationwide and Mega merge

Nationwide Marketing Group and Mega Group USA, two of North America’s largest appliance, bedding, electronics and furniture buying and marketing groups, have merged. The new organization, operating as Nationwide Marketing Group, serves more than 5,300 independent members, with some 14,000 storefronts that generate estimated revenue of $18.5 billion, according to a news release. Dave Bilas, […]

FTC targets mattress company Moonlight Slumber for ‘organic’ claims

Juvenile and infant bedding producer Moonlight Slumber, with headquarters in Elgin, Illinois, has settled U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented or could not support several product claims to consumers. Claims included that some Moonlight Slumber baby mattresses were “organic” or “VOC-free” or contained “plant-based content.” Claims appeared on the company website and on […]

Serta Simmons Bedding expands in Houston

Atlanta-based mattress major Serta Simmons Bedding LLC has opened a new manufacturing plant, relocating from a former site in Houston. The new Houston plant allows for more operational capacity and is part of SSB’s recently announced plan to expand its manufacturing footprint and support increased consumer demand, the company said in a news release. “SSB’s […]

Kingsdown forges first domestic licensing partnership with Biscayne Bedding

Mebane, North Carolina-based mattress manufacturer Kingsdown has signed a licensing agreement with Biscayne Bedding International that gives Biscayne the rights to produce and sell the entire line of Kingsdown products throughout the state of Florida. The agreement with the Miami-based bedding manufacturer marks Kingdown’s first domestic licensing deal. The agreement strengthens Kingsdown’s capacity in the […]

Sealy U.K. begins listing contents of mattresses

Aspatria, England-based Sealy U.K., a licensee of Tempur Sealy International Inc., with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, created what it is calling “ingredient lists” for its mattresses. The lists are available online for both consumers and suppliers. Sealy U.K. said the move was inspired by the food industry and designed to offer transparency in its products. […]

Gold Bond goes on the road

Hartford, Connecticut-based mattress maker Gold Bond, which decided not to exhibit at the Fall High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina, for the first time in many years, began in October hosting a series of private, regional shows for retailers. The regional shows run through March and enable the company to create a more […]

How to create and sustain apprenticeship programs

How to create and sustain apprenticeship programs

A report by four Swiss and American organizations released Oct. 12 offers insight into effective ways to develop apprenticeship programs. Accenture, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, the Global Apprenticeship Network and ETH Zurich/KOF Swiss Economic Institute released the report, “Jobs Now,” which lays out key elements of Switzerland’s apprenticeship model. Access the report here. Nearly 70% […]

Office holiday party alternatives for a more relaxed season

Office holiday party alternatives for a more relaxed season

For some people, the holiday season is equal parts wonderful and stressful. Likewise, the traditional office holiday party is viewed by some with great expectation and by others as a drain in a time-crunched season. With that in mind, TheBalance.com, a personal finance website, offers the following low-key alternatives in a Nov. 7 article: 1. Make […]

Plan to attend the ISPA Industry Breakfast at ISPA EXPO 2018

Did you know your ISPA EXPO 2018 registration includes tickets to the ISPA Industry Breakfast? This industrywide event, held at 8 a.m. Friday, March 16, in Charlotte, North Carolina, will feature keynote speaker Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle, a highly successful entrepreneur and branding expert and chief executive officer of Johnny Cupcakes.  Founded by Earle, Johnny Cupcakes […]

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