Long Talks and Line Extensions

Long Talks and Line Extensions

BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH Slower summer Las Vegas show meant more time to talk, rest-test hybrids, and check out adjustables and tech tools To the editors of BedTimes, the Las Vegas Market July 29-Aug. 2 appeared to have the least foot traffic in sleep products showrooms of the past 10 summer markets. […]

Marketing to Gen Z

Marketing to Gen Z

Gen Z — those born between 1995 and 2012 — will account for 40% of all consumers by 2020, according to a May 15 article on Inc. If you haven’t already taken them into account when designing your marketing plans, clearly, you should. To gain insight into this generation, Stamford, Connecticut-based MNI Targeted Media Inc. surveyed […]

4 Work Days, not 5

4 Work Days, not 5

For eight weeks last spring, an Auckland, New Zealand, company tried an experiment: It allowed employees to work four days a week but get paid for five. The result was encouragingly positive. Employees at Perpetual Guardian, a trust and estate planning firm, got the same amount of work done (if not more) in the shorter […]

The Open Road

The Open Road

“I think I might have heard the highway call” — James Taylor, “Carolina in My Mind” We have a newly minted driver in our house. Because he’s our oldest, our son’s journey to get behind the wheel has been a source of great excitement, joy and a little (maybe more than a little) trepidation for […]

Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue

Researchers have known for a while that blue light from screens discourages sleep. Now researchers from the University of Manchester in England have a identified a specific shade that has an impact on sleep — cyan. Exposure to higher levels of cyan blue light, a color between green and blue, drops the production of the […]

Industry Veteran Owen Shoemaker Retires

Industry Veteran Owen Shoemaker Retires

Owen Shoemaker, chief operating officer of Willowbrook, Illinois-based mattress maker King Koil, retired Aug. 31 after nearly a decade with the brand and 40 years in the sleep products industry. “Advancing international marketing and activity in the King Koil global community has been the most important contribution for me,” Shoemaker said. “King Koil around the […]

Southerland Recruits Sales and Operations Veterans

Southerland Recruits Sales and Operations Veterans

Mattress maker Southerland Inc., based in Nashville, Tennessee, has created a new vice president position and named a new plant manager. Greg Wanninger, who was previously a sales representative for Southerland from 2003 to 2009, has rejoined the company as regional vice president of sales. Steve Klancnik, a veteran bedding operations and product development executive, […]

U.S. Mattress Sales Decline in 2nd Quarter

U.S. mattress sales fell again in the second quarter of 2018, compared with the same three-month period last year, according to Bedding Market Quarterly, a sales trend report published by the International Sleep Products Association. Sales of mattresses and foundations fell 7.9% and wholesale revenues decreased 3.5%, compared with the same quarter in 2017. The […]