Sales of both traditional and boxed mattresses received a turbocharged boost during the Covid-19 pandemic as consumers increasingly placed their orders online for new beds. Get more news about Magazine Packing Machine,you can vist our website!
One of the biggest selling points with consumers in 2020 was convenient, no-contact delivery. The swift and responsive actions of mattress brands that made their products more readily available online contributed to a 7.5% jump in U.S.-produced mattress unit shipments for the year, according to figures from the International Sleep Products Association.
Already a major segment of the market, there is a reported increase in demand for compression and roll-packing solutions. All consumer segments are shopping and buying mattresses online and more and more are being delivered in a box.
“At the end of 2019, we estimated that one U.S. mattress in a box market share was at 15% and steadily climbing,” says Mark DesJardin, a business development executive with C3 Corp., a maker of packaging, laminating and material handling machinery in Appleton, Wisconsin. “By the end of 2020, just 12 months later, we estimated that (the boxed bed) market share had eclipsed 35%.”
Going forward, C3 projects that boxed mattresses will exceed 50% of the market, perhaps reaching 60%, within the next two to three years. “The conditions of 2020, while very challenging in a lot of ways, pushed the compressed mattress market over a tipping point,” DesJardin says. “But the momentum was clearly building in the years prior. It’s not as though the world discovered boxed beds last year.”
Still, the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic kicked off a huge shift in behavior toward nesting, as people increasingly worked from home, prepared more meals in their own kitchens and postponed vacations. As spending on clothing, entertainment, travel and transportation dropped, consumers found they had more money available to improve their homes, including the quality of their beds and bedrooms.
“Consumers seemed to avoid trips to specialty shops and traditional delivery methods,” DesJardin says. “They’re looking to make their purchases online or in a retail location where they are shopping for other things.”Now, as the pandemic’s threat seems to be receding, a new normal is emerging for the bedding industry. And while some of the contours of the terrain remain fuzzy, “we should expect to see three things in the foreseeable future” that bode well for boxed beds and boxed bed machinery, DesJardin says. “First, we’ll see a continuation of the nesting trend. Second, environmentally friendly packaging will become more important as the emerging consumer base pays more attention to a brand’s carbon footprint,” he says. “And third, the need to optimize logistics and distribution (will intensify) as consumers seek out simplified, more convenient purchasing and procurement options.”
To help producers keep up with changes in the marketplace, machinery makers are looking for new ways to make their equipment more productive, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.
On the environmental front, they are introducing new types of plastic film and other wrappings, such as paper, that will reduce waste while still protecting beds during shipping and delivery.
To aid manufacturers in improving efficiencies, equipment suppliers are offering new machines that increase the number of times a mattress can be folded or rolled before being put in a box. More folds mean mattresses fit in smaller boxes, and smaller boxes mean more efficient logistics, including reduced shipping and storage costs.
“The trend toward reduction in production dimensions, production costs and waste has been playing a pivotal role in the evolution of mattress packaging,” says Eric Zaninelli, a technical sales executive at Dolphin Pack, a producer of mattress compression and packaging machines based in Affi, Italy. “The main goal has always been to find advantageous solutions for companies, consumers and the environment.”