2019 Bedding Outlook

2019 Bedding Outlook

Mattress industry leaders discuss dynamic forces currently affecting sleep products makers, as well as their expectations and strategies for the coming year What does the year ahead hold for the mattress industry? BedTimes talked to a range of industry leaders to get their take on the current state of the bedding business and U.S. economy, […]

Reducing Your Footprint

Reducing Your Footprint

It’s not a load of rubbish — manufacturers find decreasing material scrap and recycling is good for business — and the environment, too   Mattress makers and industry suppliers have invested in equipment, re-engineered production processes and made other efforts to reduce the amount of waste created when manufacturing mattresses and other sleep products. They […]

California Passes Amended FR Ban Favorable to Mattress Industry

California Passes Amended FR Ban Favorable to Mattress Industry

In late August, the International Sleep Products Association persuaded a California legislator to amend a bill he introduced earlier this year that could have prohibited all mattress sales in the state beginning in 2020. As originally drafted by assembly member Richard Bloom, Assembly Bill 2998 would have banned the use of all FR chemicals in any […]

Achieving Transportation Excellence

Achieving Transportation Excellence

BY GARY JAMES Industry members and shipping companies share insights A growing driver shortage. Rising diesel fuel costs. New federal government requirements that limit driver flexibility and delay deliveries. Increasing expectations from both customers and consumers that products will arrive at storefronts and doorsteps like clockwork. BedTimes spoke with shipping companies, as well as a […]

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

BY MARY BEST As with mattress making, design plays a crucial role in fulfilling the mission of a magazine. It draws readers into stories and illuminates their meaning. As with mattress styles, design is not static. It constantly shifts based on consumers’ — or in our case, readers’ — needs and interests, trends, market changes, […]

ISPA Report: Motion Base Sales Are on the Move

ISPA Report: Motion Base Sales Are on the Move

Sales of adjustable bases are going up, up, up — a bright spot for the sleep products industry at a time when unit sales of mattresses and flat foundations have been dipping. Unit  motion base sales grew significantly in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the same period of 2017, according to the ISPA […]

Act now: ISPA Cost Report survey deadline extended

Act now: ISPA Cost Report survey deadline extended

The International Sleep Products Association, the mattress industry trade group based in Alexandria, Virginia, has extended the deadline to the end of May for participation in its 2018 Cost Report. Read more about this benchmarking tool and find out why you should participate. Visit this secure portal to create an account and complete the survey online or […]

Serta Simmons Bedding opens Serta and Beautyrest plant in Northeast

Serta Simmons Bedding opens Serta and Beautyrest plant in Northeast

Mattress major Serta Simmons Bedding LLC has commenced mattress manufacturing at a new plant in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. It is twice the size of a former site in Springfield, Massachusetts, and employs 240 people, many of whom transferred from the old plant. Since 2017, SSB has opened two larger plants in Houston and Moreno Valley, […]

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 […]

Spring Air rejoins ISPA

Spring Air International, based in Chelsea, Massachusetts, has rejoined the International Sleep Products Association, the bedding industry trade group headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The move is a key component of the mattress licensing group’s strategy to re-engage the brand in the important issues affecting the bedding industry, said Spring Air President Nick Bates. “We are […]

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