This month features a recap of recent industry shows, including the NBF Bed Show, Autumn Furniture Show and Long Point, as well as a first teaser insight into the upcoming January Furniture Show.
Hot off the heels from last month’s sustainability focus, we swapped the office slippers for wellies and travelled to Yorkshire to visit Harrison Spinks’ farm and factory. In a two-part review of the trip, the first focusses on the farm and uncovers just why the bed and mattress maker are cut from a different cloth.
In keeping with the eco theme, Sweet Dreams feature their Landmark range, which was unveiled at the Bed Show in September. Nick Williams, Sales Manager at the company, also takes the first of two Big Interview specials, where he talks about his day-to-day role, why he loves the bed industry, what he has high hopes for in terms of product innovation and why his office desk is his pride and joy. As for the second Big Interview, Scott Shields, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at luxury wooden bed makers Get Laid Beds, talks about the role he has held since June this year and why clutter-free is currently on-trend.
Our Cover Star this month, Kaymed, explains all behind the warning about their latest product innovations, while DUXIANA detail the benefits of being an official brand partner. Shire Beds, GNG and Protect-A-Bed talk about their respective Bed Show success, while Birlea proudly announces a significant milestone in their journey of excellence, which includes a new brand logo and identity.
Meanwhile, Gallery Direct focusses on furniture, Core Products shares why delivery is the key to customer satisfaction and Bridgman reflects on their anniversary year. We take a look inside Loaf’s new, and largest, store in Redbrick, gain an insight into the celebrations at La Residence Interiors, learn who is taking over at MyPad and introduce our new Letter from Vietnam column.
As for the other regulars, our Retail Focus interview, Flooring Hut talks about Bitcoin integration, as well as future plans into own brand product development. In the next part of our ongoing sustainable series, we take a deeper look at upholstered furniture retailer DFS and home furnishings retailer Dunelm to see what they are doing in terms of sustainability.
The edition also features an update from The Sleep Geek and Mattress Online, who have been busy developing a partnership to improve sleep and wellbeing. We caught up with both parties to find out more.
To wrap things up, our Big Question this month is focused on Black Friday, while Furniture Sales Solutions talks why attitude is the unsung superhero of sales attributes. The Bed Expert is back asking: What is your USP? And our Letter from China answers the question, should you deal directly with Chinese factories?
Cover stars: Kaymed (front); The Salvation Army (back)