The look of luxury

The look of luxury

BY GARY JAMES The Flex Group first succeeded with midrange bedding but sees strong future in high-end brands Rafael González sees big potential in the luxury segment of the U.S. market. That’s why his Madrid-based company, The Flex Group, chose to enter the United States with its British-made luxury Vispring mattress line in 2010 and […]

Bedgear Performance Bedding teams up with Star Furniture

Bedgear Performance Bedding, with headquarters in Farmingdale, New York, partnered with Houston-based Star Furniture to support runners in the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon on Jan. 14. In addition, Bedgear’s Performance Shop-In-Shop retail experience now is available at all nine Star locations in Houston. “Bedgear attracts today’s new generation of consumers and especially appeals to the […]

How to prepare for and bounce back from a crisis in your business

How to prepare for and bounce back from a crisis in your business

BY WILLIAM J. LYNOTT In 2017, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and wildfires hit North and South America with a vengeance. By the time the year ended, damages totaled at least $306 billion—the costliest year for natural disasters yet, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Many businesses found themselves dealing with these natural disasters or […]

Sleep Number opens first store in Hawaii

Sleep Number opens first store in Hawaii

Minneapolis-based Sleep Number Corp., formerly Select Comfort Corp., has opened its first store in Hawaii, giving it a physical presence in all 50 U.S. states. “I’m extremely proud of opening a store in our 50th state—it’s a significant milestone for our brand, especially amidst a challenging retail environment,” said Andy Carlin, chief sales and service […]

How to make the most of online reviews

How to make the most of online reviews

BY BETH ENGLISH Try these strategies to make the most out of commentaries—whether positive or negative—on your product In today’s super-connected world, word-of-mouth travels fast. Gone are the days when people expressed opinions only to their friends, family and colleagues. Online review sites and social media have provided global platforms for anyone’s praise or criticism. […]

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 & […]

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