Snooze News Weekly | August 19 – 26, 2021

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Each week, we find, curate and share the most relevant bedding and mattress news stories from across the web. Check out what we're reading and writing about this week.

In The News: Industry Focused Stories

Eclipse International Unveils Hemingway Adventure Line: Combining its retailers' growing appetite for premium bedding and leveraging the power of over 64 million yearly online searches for the Ernest Hemingway name, Eclipse International launched the Hemingway Adventure Series by Chittenden & Eastman at the summer Las Vegas Market. | Sleep Retailer

Amazon Is Reportedly Planning To Open Department Stores: The latest in the retail giant's experiments in selling, Amazon department stores are expected to open in California and Ohio first. The pilot shops will resemble the size of a Kohl's or T.J. Maxx but will be only a third of the size of a traditional department store, like Bloomingdale's or Macy's. | CNBC 

Latexco Promotes Bohaczyk To Sales Team: Latex and polyurethane foam producer Latexco US recently promoted Briana Bohaczyk to the role of sales associate, joining the outside sales team. She previously served as a customer service manager. | Sleep Retailer

Bedding Industry Veteran Marty Galax Dies at 84: Born in Chicago on Nov. 14, 1936 to Wilbur and Rose Galex, he attended Rock Island High School and in his teens began working in the family-owned mattress factory, founded by his grandfather, Jacob Sherman. Eventually, Galex became vice president and then president of the company that is now The Bedding Group/Therapedic Midwest. | Furniture Today

NMG Launches Chatterbox Live Platform: More than half of all shoppers now prefer to chat virtually with a store representative rather than calling to ask questions about a product. Nationwide Marketing Group is helping its independent retailers adjust to this shift with the launch of its all-new Chatterbox live chat platform. | Sleep Retailer

UK Retail Sales Up In August: British retailers reported the biggest surge in spending in almost seven years this month. Orders hit a new high but stocks fell to the lowest levels on record, putting pressure on prices, industry data showed on Tuesday. We are wondering if US sales will follow a similar pattern. | Reuters

Shifman Hires Sales Veteran: Shifman Mattress recently hired veteran sales professional Diana Genshock to manage its growing Southwest business. Genshock brings 18 years of sales experience to her new Shifman role as Southwest territory sales manager, including retail and wholesale operations, training and sales management roles in several markets. | Sleep Retailer

Naturepedic Wins Good Housekeeping's 2021 Parenting Award For Best Bedding: Naturepedic received the Good Housekeeping 2021 Parenting Award for its 2-in-1 Organic Kids Mattress. Following rigorous evaluations from Good Housekeeping's team of scientists and editors, along with product experts and a panel of consumer testers, Naturepedic's product was selected as a "Best-in-Class Bedding" winner from hundreds of entries.| PR Newswire

Brooklyn Bedding Introduces Propel Dual-Sided Hybrid: Brooklyn Bedding recently announced the evolution of one of its smartest sleep solutions: the all-new Propel Dual-Sided Hybrid. Offering the same renewal properties of the original Propel Sleep mattress in a flippable format, the new version is designed to meet individual sleep needs – featuring optional firmness levels, profiles and support features for a smarter way to rest and rejuvenate. | Sleep Retailer

Why Retail Spaces Now Need To Be Risky To Survive: In this episode of the Retail Watch podcast, store owner Mary Liz Curtin explains what it takes to create a memorable store experience, why independent brick-and-mortar retailers aren’t going anywhere, and how consistently taking risks is crucial to the success of her store—Leon & Lulu’s. | Business of Home

Mattress Concierge Partners With Gold Bond: With an uptick in post-Covid travel and an increased demand for premium hospitality mattresses, hospitality supplier Mattress Concierge recently redesigned its Luxury and Classic Collections in cooperation with its exclusive manufacturing partner, Gold Bond. | Sleep Retailer

Health, Wellness & The Science Of Sleep

End Your Day With Stretches For A Better Night's Sleep: A yoga teacher suggests five simple stretches that address different body parts and movements to loosen tight muscles. Each stretch is meant to help calm the nervous system and bring the mind and Walking body into a more restful state. | CNN Health

Study Suggests That More Exercise, Less Sitting Could Help Prevent Sleep Apnea: A recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal found that regular exercise cut risk for OSA by 10 to 31 percent regardless of participants’ BMI, a measure of weight compared to height. This study suggests that lowering risk for OSA is not necessarily only about weight loss but also about consistent movement—which can lead to weight loss. The other positive? Even light to moderate exercise can make a difference. | Everyday Health

What To Know About Alzheimer's And Sleep: People with Alzheimer’s may not sleep well at night but sleep excessively during the day. Experts do not fully understand why Alzheimer’s affects sleep. The relationship between the two is complex, and sleep disturbances may precede the cognitive decline that occurs in people with Alzheimer’s. | Medical News Today

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