Snooze News Weekly | August 6 – 12, 2021

Receive news direct to your inbox every week, subscribe to Snooze News Weekly.

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

Report Shows Retail Foot Traffic Improving, But Still Down 44% in July : Springboard’s latest retail traffic report notes that July marked the fifth consecutive month of improvement, with downtown retail traffic increasing every week. | Yahoo!

Casper, Purple Struggle With Capacity To Meet Growing Demand: Like many mattress manufacturers, these popular DTC brands are still struggling to meet consumer demand amidst supply chain and production issues that have resulted in price increases and delays |

Healthcare + MLILY new Glendale AZ factoryMLILY USA To Open Second Arizona Factory: MLILY is one step closer to its goal of supplying all of its U.S. customers through domestic facilities with the addition of its second manufacturing facility in Arizona. | Sleep Retailer

Retail Workers Are Quitting At A Record Pace. But Stores Are Rapidly Hiring, Too: After months of retail workers leaving their jobs, the Labor Department is reporting that retailers hired over 1.1 new workers in June—thanks, in part, to higher wages and signing bonus benefits. | NPR

Spring Air Reports Largest Quarterly Year-Over-Year Growth In 12 Years: Spring Air hit $28 million in sales in Q1, a 75% increase over the same quarter last year — putting the company on track to achieve $120 million in annual sales for 2021 | Sleep Retailer

The ‘Retail Apocalypse’: We’ve heard it before and we’ll probably hear it again, but the news of retailers shuttering store locations continues to create a dour outlook across certain aspects of the retail industry. | The Week

STORIS Launches Ecommerce Buying Group Interface: STORIS is helping its partners maximize their growth potential and scale their ecommerce operations with the introduction of its new Buying Group Interface, which allows retailers to seamlessly manage inventory across channels in real-time. | Sleep Retailer

Glass Fibers In Zinus Mattresses Are Dangerous And Open Pandora’s Box Of Lawsuits: Zinus Mattresses remains in hot water, as more consumers complain that the design of its mattresses led them to being exposed to the fiberglass FR layer, causing skin and respiratory irritation. | News America Now

Women Retail Leaders Paving The Way For The Next Generation: Research shows that having women in management roles can lead to higher profitability and improved team performance—but female leaders say there’s still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to gender equity in the home furnishings category. | Furniture Today

Bedline platform storage baseBedline Enters US Market With Line Of Storage Platform Beds: The European company is introducing four new storage platform bed models this summer, all of which have been designed specifically for the US ecommerce market. | Sleep Retailer

As Tech Giants Double Down On Sleep Tracking, Providers Want More Proof It’s Useful: With Amazon and Google’s renewed interest in developing new sleep tracking features, healthcare providers want to make sure they’re practically and clinically useful. | Stat News

Health, Wellness & The Science Of Sleep

Do You Have Social Jet Lag? Here's What To Do: Staying up late and sleeping in on weekend mornings can wreak havoc on your circadian rhythm—putting you at risk of chronic sleep deprivation. | CNN

Research Calls For Prioritization of Sleep In ICUs: Sleep is vitally important to our bodies’ ability to heal, but two new studies are showing how standard protocol can prevent patients in the intensive care unit from getting the quality sleep they need. | Managed Healthcare Executive

4 Ways Sleep May Rapidly Improve Brain Function: We all know how beneficial sleep can be for our bodies, but it’s important to remember the positive impacts it can have on our brains too—from improved emotional regulation and memory storage to heightened creativity and problem-solving abilities. | Psychology Today

Receive news direct to your inbox every week, subscribe to Snooze News Weekly.