Industry executives reflect on the hardships they’ve overcome and share the lessons they’ve learned during the past 12 months as the pandemic raged
Last spring, the bedding industry raced to keep employees safe from the coronavirus and their businesses viable during what quickly became a global pandemic. Some thought they were at the starting line of a 400m sprint, at worst a 10k. Turns out it was a hilly, winding endurance race that has dragged on for more than a year. And there are miles still to go.
Along the way, some manufacturers, suppliers and retailers have stumbled; a few have called it quits. But many others have thrived, discovering that they were fitter, stronger and more determined than they ever imagined.
As Joe Nashif says, looking back on the past year, he is impressed that he and his team “could do it.” “We adjusted to these big…