Top U.S. bedding producer acts as healthcare system prepares to confront capacity shortage
Mar 25, 2020, 13:38 ET
ATLANTA, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), the nation’s largest bedding manufacturer, will donate 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and temporary medical facilities fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is calling on its peers to do the same.
While the healthcare system’s shortages of masks and ventilators have been heavily publicized, bedding is also expected to soon be dangerously scarce as the coronavirus spreads and hospitalizations surge. That is particularly the case in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said the state would soon require as many as 140,000 additional hospital beds; it currently has 53,000 in use.
Beyond its 10,000 mattress donation, SSB also offered additional assistance, noting that its factories and expansive distribution network are capable of producing up to 20,000 beds per day at the lowest possible cost if needed.
“As the largest American producer of mattresses, Serta Simmons Bedding is committed to ensuring those who are hospitalized have a bed available where they can receive care and heal,” SSB Chairman and CEO David Swift said. “We’re calling on our peers in the bedding industry to join us in addressing this need.”
SSB’s donation, which is valued at $2 million, is being facilitated through its relationship with Relief Bed International, a nonprofit organization that provides beds to impoverished people and disaster victims around the world.
About Serta Simmons Bedding LLC
Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC is the leading sleep company and the largest manufacturer, marketer and supplier of mattresses in North America. Based in Atlanta, SSB owns and manages the two best-selling bedding brands in the mattress industry: Serta®, which has five other independent licensees, and Beautyrest®. The brands are distributed through national, hospitality, and regional and independent retail channels throughout North America. SSB also owns Simmons® and Tuft & Needle® direct-to-consumer mattress brands. SSB operates 28 plants in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about SSB and its brands, visit www.sertasimmons.com.
About Relief Bed International
Relief Bed International provides strategically built beds to homeless shelters in the United States and to disaster relief victims and emerging countries through their network of international relief partners around the world. For more information and how to partner with Relief Bed please visit www.reliefbed.com.
SOURCE Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC
Hotel Management, April 26, 2019 2:16am
“Phones, speakers and watches have all become “smart” enough to interact with users, so why shouldn’t beds follow suit? JD Velilla, senior product leader for product management, project management, innovation and strategy at Serta Simmons Bedding, is trying to make that happen. “Instead of just relying on what we would call static technologies—foam or a coil that reacts to you once it’s in the bed—we’re trying to use technologies that interact with you,” he said. This could be anything from a cooling feature to adjustable support structures to sensors that track sleep patterns and heart rates, improving overall health.”
Serta Simmons is looking to incorporate “smart” technology into beds that will make the product more interactive without changing its look.
As the leading provider of mattresses to the hospitality industry, Serta partners with hotel groups in all segments, and is distributed internationally in more than 150 countries. With a focus on innovation, we have brought many “firsts” to the industry, including our breakthrough iComfort® Sleep System featuring gel memory foam technology.