With the seasons starting to change and the buds on the trees beginning to peek out, it’s hard not to feel a little hopeful. This is especially true this year, as we come off a strong winter Las Vegas Market and all find ourselves in a bit of a reprieve from the pandemic. Normal may look a little different now, but we’re happy to see the industry return to a level of steadiness after the volatility of the past two years. We encourage you to sit back, enjoy this issue and explore all of the new and updated products available today. From creative marketing innovations to new sustainable practices, refreshed collections to enhanced partner support, today’s trends are delivering greater value where it matters most.
That starts with our cover story company: Spring Air. Talk about a breath of fresh air! Spring Air has developed a strong vision for sustainable growth, one that never compromises the small company feel that sets it apart. After an extremely successful year for the brand, our cover story outlines the ins and outs of Spring Air’s strategic approach—from its core ethos to some of the latest product advancements keeping the brand innovative and relevant for its customers.
Speaking of keeping things fresh, sheets—the subject of our Product Focus feature—are an ideal add-on to a bedding showroom, offering a simple bedroom update for your customers. Find out more about some of the types of value propositions today’s cutting edge sheet sets deliver! In particular, we’ve highlighted products from brands like Malouf, SHEEX, BEDGEAR, Lifeloom, Parachute and Blu Sleep.
Smart beds and power bases are another valuable opportunity for today’s bedding retailers—but only if they have the right tools in place to showcase them. This issue’s Q&A sheds some light on how to most effectively introduce a tech-driven sleep solution onto your showroom floor—with leaders from Ergomotion, King Koil, MLILY and Kingsdown sharing their tips for how to make the most of the latest in sleep tech.
Throughout the pages of this issue, you will find details on strategic updates from across the industry. That includes a big move from South Bay, as the company strives to better serve its retail partners by increasing its capacity with a new, closer-to-home facility in Juarez, Mexico.
As we hit the two year mark since the onset of the pandemic, it’s heartening to see how the industry has evolved for the better. While the risk of future global issues and conflicts remains present, today’s manufacturers are more prepared for potential disruptions—and today’s retailers are more flexible when it comes to where and how consumers want to shop. With the interest in health and wellness still higher than its ever been, we’re excited to see how the industry will continue to meet and surpass the growth opportunities available to it.
—Chris Schriever, Publisher
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