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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gender Equality Equals Better Sleep

Gender Equality Equals Better Sleep

Living in a country with more gender equality means better sleep for men and women, a new study has found. Published May 8 in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the study examined 14,143 couples from 23 European countries. Women reported having their sleep disrupted by children under the age of 5 and working a […]

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 […]