Sleep Retailer eNews | July 22, 2021

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Retail Sales Grew In June—What Does That Mean For The Bedding Sector?

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The U.S. retail market performed better than expected last month. Retail sales rose by a total of 0.6% in June, with gains in certain product categories supplementing pretty significant losses in others. As consumers continue to return to their pre-pandemic spending habits, the economy is showing signs of major growth—but what will that mean for mattress retail? 

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Case Study: Casper Blurs Ecommerce & In-Person Retail Lines

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While Casper is no stranger to making bedding industry headlines, the company has been in the spotlight recently for two business moves that felt right out of an old-school playbook. The company has announced plans to expand its distribution to include both Mattress Warehouse and Bed, Bath & Beyond. In a recent article from Business of Home (one we featured in Snooze News), the author considers these new partnerships and wonders: has the disruptor made peace with the disrupted? And we can’t help but wonder the same. With Casper as well as many other formerly “online-only” brands entering into partnerships with more traditional retailers, we wanted to take time to explore what exactly the continual blurring of the lines between ecommerce and in-person retail says about the future of the industry—and what it says about the industry’s recent past.

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Why Rain Can Help You Sleep

A large pet dog and a little baby boy are dreamily looking out their home window on a rainy day.

Rainstorms can be a huge bummer when it comes to planning fun summer activities, but did you know that nighttime shower can actually be beneficial to your sleep? Serving as a sort of “pink noise,” research has found that the sound of rain can help you fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep as well.

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