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From Christopher Schriever

The Winter Furniture Market is always one of the biggest and most exciting, as manufacturers flock to Las Vegas to unveil the latest product introductions and enhancements. This year is certainly no exception—companies have been growing and expanding, embracing a changing market and prepping some of the most technologically advanced offerings we’ve seen to date! We’re eager to share an issue filled with so many innovative new mattresses and sleep accessories, creative marketing campaigns and unique materials.

In this issue, we took a closer look at Blu Sleep Products. This Canadian designer of foam specialty bedding accessories has quite a bit in store for 2014 as they prepare to expand their distribution throughout the US and introduce their first ever mattress collection! Blu Sleep has always been committed to carefully sourced raw materials, high quality fabrics and breathable foam constructions and the Somni Specialty Sleep mattress offerings will feature the same distinct components and feel as the company’s successful pillow and topper models. We can’t wait to see what comes next!

But Blu Sleep isn’t the only company with big changes on the horizon. Not only has Fabrictech embarked on the new era with the official change of their name to PureCare, but the company is unveiling a truly revolutionary new pillow design called PureCare One. Colonial LLC will also debut two new ground-breaking opportunities with their affordable headboard and scent marketing programs, making unique POP materials available to a wider audience of manufacturers and retailers.

With so many new collections, updates and features, it would be almost impossible to summarize all of the mattresses covered in this issue. We’ve highlighted a diverse array of innovative products—from Spring Time Bedding’s value-priced GoPedic Gel Series to BIO-TEXTIMA’s VitalWOOD natural wooden-coil spring system to Simmons’ self-adjusting ComfortPedic iQ Sleep System—that are sure to appeal to a wide range of retailers and consumers alike. Carolina Mattress Guild continues to push the envelope on sustainable bedding as the only mattress manufacturer to feature Repreve fabric—a fiber made from recycled plastic water bottles—in the unique E-Z Sleep Collection. Spring Air International heads to Las Vegas with a new version of its successful Four Seasons collection, which has been re-imagined to offer added temperature control, expanded comfort choices and flexibility.

This issue’s Feature from the Editor is focused on the growing Air Bed segment, an appealing opportunity for retailers looking to offer a customizable specialty sleep option. Today’s air beds are available in a variety of price-points and provide the ultimate in personalized comfort—from dual air chambers that allow for couples to adjust just their side of the bed, to the “active technology” found in Kingsdown’s Sleep Smart Intuitive which adjusts to sleepers’ needs in real-time.

Our website is updated regularly with exclusive online-only stories including Curtis Kroeker’s best practices for successfully selling your retail business in 2014, our interview with Mattress Firm’s Harry Roberts about the company’s recent expansion, and the latest industry news to keep you in the know!