8 essential strategies for achieving a business that endures

8 essential strategies for achieving a business that endures

BY JILL JOHNSON Everyone who starts or leads a business dreams of passing it along to the next generation. But few are successful in making it happen. Every year, countless businesses and organizations fail. Excuses are made and fingers are pointed. Long-term success takes more than hard work and a little luck. Leaders and entrepreneurs […]

New Kingsdown Stores in China Raise Total to 83

With the addition of five stores in China, there now are 83 Kingsdown branded stores in 58 Chinese cities, according to the Mebane, North Carolina-based mattress manufacturer. The stores are part of an ongoing licensing agreement with Hong Kong-based bedding producer and retailer Roth Bedding Technology, also known as Kingsdown China. The latest openings include […]

Tempur Sealy Earnings Dip in First Quarter, But Business Update is Bullish

In its first quarterly report since ending its business relationship with retailer Mattress Firm in January, mattress major Tempur Sealy International Inc.’s net income, under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, decreased 14.4% to $33.9 million. Adjusted net income increased 23.4% to $52.2 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in the first quarter were […]

Serta Simmons Bedding Gives Top BrandSource Members Trip to Paradise

Serta Simmons Bedding Gives Top BrandSource Members Trip to Paradise

Members of Tustin, California-based buying group BrandSource enjoyed a luxury vacation in French Polynesia in April, courtesy of Atlanta-based Serta Simmons Bedding LLC. Serta treated the top 20 BrandSource members (based on increases over the previous year) and their spouses to a five-day vacation in Moorea. Guests stayed at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & […]

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Manufacturing Renaissance

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Manufacturing Renaissance

Follow these tips to attract and retain your next-generation labor force BY BARBARA T. NELLES In these post-recessionary times, with many hoping to see a U.S. manufacturing rebirth, the moment is right to retool recruitment and retention practices for your factory floor. How do you attract mechanically inclined millennials to your machine maintenance crew? What is […]

What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race

What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race

The title of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s management professor Andrew Carton’s latest research is playful, but important. But there is an important lesson to be learned from his paper, “I’m Not Mopping the Floors, I’m Putting a Man on the Moon: How NASA Leaders Enhanced the Meaningfulness of Work by Changing […]

Spring Air International Adds Michael Giurleo to New Position

Spring Air International Adds Michael Giurleo to New Position

Boston-based mattress licensing group Spring Air International has named Michael Giurleo to the new position of director of e-commerce. The post is part of the company’s strategic initiative to capitalize on the power of digital marketing to communicate more frequently and effectively with consumers, Spring Air said in a news release. This follows an earlier […]

Serta Simmons Picks Up New Business at Mattress Firm

Houston-based sleep shop chain Mattress Firm and Atlanta-based mattress major Serta Simmons Bedding LLC have entered into a five-year agreement considerably expanding their relationship. The news follows the sleep shop chain’s 2016 acquisition by Steinhoff International Holdings NV, based in Johannesburg, and the subsequent severing of its relationship with Tempur Sealy International Inc. in the […]

Protect-A-Bed Helps Retailers Sell Add-ons with “Grow the Retail Basket” Campaign

Protect-A-Bed Helps Retailers Sell Add-ons with “Grow the Retail Basket” Campaign

Protect-A-Bed, a Chicago-based supplier of mattresses, protection products and sleep accessories, has launched “Grow the Retail Basket,” a campaign to help its retail partners enhance their add-on accessories sales. The Grow the Retail Basket program focuses on offering retailers assistance with store displays, marketing and training. “We recognize that the accessory business represents untapped potential […]