Snooze News Weekly | October 13 – 21, 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

Harrison Spinks Awarded HR Accreditation: After demonstrating exceptional leadership and management practices and motivating and supporting its employees to perform at their best, Harrison Spinks was awarded Investors in People’s We invest in people standard accreditation. | Sleep Retailer

IMC Names People's Choice Winners: International Market Centers (IMC) has named six products – including furniture, textiles and architectural elements by Hooker Furniture, Modway, Native Spun, Pearl Mantels, Poetic Pillow and Union Home – as the Fall 2021 High Point Market “People’s Choice” Award winners. | Home Accents Today

Naturepedic Joins PFAS Movement: Certified-organic mattress and bedding manufacturer Naturepedic became one of the first companies to join the NGO's ChemSec PFAS Movement to take action against "forever chemicals," such as perflourinated compounds. | Sleep Retailer

Tuft & Needle Launches Program For Sleep-Deprived New Parents: Tuft & Needle has announced a free, six-week Sleep Ambassador Program designed to help new parents sleep better and feel more restored in the mornings. The program is centered around making specific lifestyle changes that support your slumber. | The Toys Matrix

Eclipse International Highlights Luxury Lines: Spotlighting its newly launched luxury Millbrook Beds Windsor line and Hemingway Adventure Series at the fall High Point Market, Eclipse International is emphasizing its positioning as a premium mattress manufacturer. | Sleep Retailer

Can Sleep Number Stock Rebound After A 5% Fall?: While Sleep Number stock is up 12% year-to-date, it has declined in the last month on the growing concerns of supply chain constraints dragging down operations in the months of June and July. Find out more. | Forbes

STORIS Release 10.6 Delivers Logistics & Fulfillment Tools: As inventory challenges persist, so do STORIS’ development efforts to help retailers manage uncertainty. In its new Release 10.6, many of the 50+ enhancements are tools to better manage inventory and dynamic fulfillments. | Sleep Retailer

10 Best Sleep Gadgets Of 2021: From cooling technologies and humidifiers to eye massagers and diffusers, the products in this list offer ideas for unique sleep accessories to stock that also make fantastic gifts. | Very Well Mind

Spring Air Extends Global Reach With Turkish Licensee: Extending its global footprint to nearly 50 countries, Spring Air International recently signed a license agreement with Isbir Bedding of Ankara, Turkey that will expand the brand’s presence in Turkey, Hungary and Bulgaria.| Sleep Retailer

Resilient Shoppers Push US Sales up 0.7% in September: Americans continued to spend at a solid clip in September even while facing sticker shock in grocery aisles, car lots and restaurants as snarled global supply chains slow the flow of goods. | Economic Times

Serta Simmons Introduces New Medium Mattresses: Serta Simmons recently debuted a new mattress option: the Simmons Medium Mattress, designed for sleepers that prefer their bed to be not too firm but not too plush. With Twin to Queen size prices coming in at under $500, it will serve as an entry-level option for consumers on a budget. | Sleep Retailer

Sleep Country Canada Acquires Majority Of Hush Blankets:Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., a Canadian omnichannel specialty sleep retailer, recently announced that it has acquired a majority share of direct-to-consumer brand, Hush Blankets. | Yahoo

Malouf Unveils Refreshed Pillow Packaging: Malouf is rolling out fresh pillow packaging with clear messaging designed to connect with customers. The new style has a high-end feel and captures customer attention with a focus on each pillow’s unique feature or selling point. | Sleep Retailer

LISTEN - How Your Loyalty Program Can Unlock First- And Zero-Party Data: During this episode of Retail Remix, Alicia Esposito sits down with Rob Garf and Natasha Janic of Salesforce to discuss all of the major shifts happening in the marketing space, including Apple’s changing privacy guidelines and Google’s removal of third-party cookie tracking, and how that drives major data in loyalty programs. | Retail Touchpoints

Mattress Recycling Council Achieves New Milestone In Northeast: The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has seen ongoing success with its programs across both Connecticut and Rhode Island. In Connecticut, the Bye Bye Mattress program has recycled more than one million mattresses and box springs over the past six years. Over the last five years, Rhode Islanders have recycled more than 500,000 mattresses, diverting more than 8,000 tons of steel, foam, fibers and wood from the state’s central landfill. | Sleep Retailer

Wall Street Dreams Of 122% Upside For Casper: For a stock that has failed to benefit from the record stock market rally over the past 18 months, Wall Street has placed a lot of faith in Casper Sleep to power ahead in the year to come. | The Motley Fool 

MLILY To Sponsor Halloween Mattress Bed Race Supporting Special Spaces: MLILY USA is sponsoring the “Bed, Brews and Boos” Bed Race competition, taking place at the World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee this October. The Halloween event helps raise funds for Special Spaces. | Sleep Retailer

WithIt Holds Gala Event To Honor WOW Award Recipients: WithIt, the women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industries, presented the 2021 WOW Awards during a gala dinner attended by hundreds at the IHFC on Friday, Oct. 15. | Home Accents Today

Pleasant Mattress Taps New Director Of Finance: Pleasant Mattress has bolstered its financial department with the appointment of Josephine Bass as director of finance. Bass joins the company after serving in similar roles with leading companies in the region that have embraced the lean manufacturing platform Pleasant Mattress has deployed since last year. | Sleep Retailer

How To Create A Stylish But Practical Feature Wall Over The Bed: Your bedroom is arguably the most sacred place in your home. It’s where your body rests after a long day and rises after a peaceful slumber. The first and last things you see each day live in your bedroom. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of aesthetics and mood when choosing pieces for this space.| Washington Post

Brooklyn Bedding Introduces Brooklyn Custom: Brooklyn Bedding – American manufacturer, retailer and a pioneer of the bed-in-a-box concept – is launching Brooklyn Custom, an extremely customizable mattress designed to meet personal sleep preferences. | Sleep Retailer

Health, Wellness & The Science Of Sleep

WATCH - How Parents Can Reduce The Risk Of Sudden Infant Deaths:  October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, Awareness month. According to Mayo Clinic, SIDS is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. Learn more about steps to take to prevent SIDS. | WTOL 11

5 Nutrients To Eat For Better Sleep:Researchers have identified specific  micronutrients and other substances in food that show promise for the tired and weary among us. | Eating Well

Children's Facial Expressions Reveal The Price Of Poor Sleep: A new study, published in Affective Science by University of Houston professor of psychology Candice Alfano, examined whether changes in children’s facial expressions of emotion after sleep restriction predict social problems concurrently and/or over time. | Technology Networks - Neuroscience News 

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