You Know It When You See It

My children frequently ask the meaning of words they run across in their school work. Recently, one asked me to define “wrought.” If you’re anything like me, you immediately understand the word but coming up with other words to define it feels ridiculously impossible. Thank goodness for dictionaries! I think innovation is one of those words. […]

How Big Companies Can Innovate Like Small Startups

How Big Companies Can Innovate Like Small Startups

A Harvard business professor outlines the way strategy, systems and culture work together to evolve business models and create novel concepts Gary Pisano, professor of business administration at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, rejects the narrative that only scrappy startups are nimble enough to innovate. He believes large, established firms can adapt and evolve, but […]

A Fashion Flair for Bedding

A Fashion Flair for Bedding

BY GARY JAMES Fabric supplier Tricots Liesse builds on expertise gained in years of creating knits for apparel Tricots Liesse may be a relatively new name in mattress ticking, but in the world of luxury sportswear and swimwear, the Montreal-based producer has a well-established global reputation for creating innovative, on-trend stretch knit fabrics. Founded in […]

Verlo wins 2017 FranTech Award for innovative technology in franchise systems

Verlo wins 2017 FranTech Award for innovative technology in franchise systems

Milwaukee-based factory-direct chain Verlo Mattress was honored by the International Franchise Association with a 2017 FranTech Award, which highlights innovative use of technology in franchise systems. Verlo received first place in the Client Marketing Campaign (business-to-consumer category) for the effective promotion of its annual Mismatch Mattress Sale. In the campaign, Verlo advertised mattresses and foundations […]

Mattress Firm Highlights Technology in Campaign, Partners with Purple

Mattress Firm Highlights Technology in Campaign, Partners with Purple

Houston-based sleep shop chain Mattress Firm is putting technology in the spotlight in its new marketing campaign, promoting two exclusive mattresses from Serta Simmons Bedding LLC, headquartered in Atlanta. It also has begun a pilot partnership with online bed brand Purple, which it says features innovative technology. Titled “Technology to Power Off,” the campaign was […]

Creating a Company Led by Purpose-driven Employees

Creating a Company Led by Purpose-driven Employees

Business transformation Focus on these 4 keys to create a company that can weather any economic storm BY ELIAKIM THORPE Marco and Marissa are emerging entrepreneurs who recently went into business together. During a lunch meeting, they began to discuss their future profit projections and how well they expected their business to perform financially six […]