Boyd Uses Bedding Research to Chart Course for Change

Boyd Uses Bedding Research to Chart Course for Change

David Perry – Furniture Today – 10/13/11

Denny Boyd studied the numbers in his binder carefully. They provided a roadmap for changes he says his business, Boyd Specialty Sleep, must embrace if it is to remain vital in a dynamic bedding marketplace.

The numbers in front of him that day, which happened to come from Furniture/Today, showed that 61% of mattress consumers will use the Internet to shop or buy bedding. Only 39% of consumers will shop and buy in a store, the research said.
The lessons were clear to Boyd: It is critical that bedding producers and retailers must have a strong online presence, and must find ways to drive traffic to their sites.
He is focusing on selling his Boyd Specialty Sleep line of memory foam beds, latex beds, platform beds, airbeds, express beds and waterbeds (he’s one of the oldest surviving waterbed retailers). And he’s in the midst of establishing e-commerce websites for each of his mattress brands. launched in February,, his site for memory foam mattresses, toppers, specialty pillows, platform frames and adjustable bases, launched in July, and, his site for latex mattresses, is set to launch this fall., featuring Boyd’s premium airbed line, is due to launch in December.
Denny Boyd shared those strategies with me the other day when I visited his impressive operation in St. Louis. It was my first in-depth look at his various businesses, which include his well known specialty sleep company, a


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