Julia Chappell has assumed marketing leadership duties for the Chicago Merchandise Mart's Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, premarket and day-to-day marketing duties for the industry's permanent showrooms.
Import volume at major U.S. retail container ports is expected to drop 8.4 percent in February from the same time last year as the shipping cycle reaches its slowest month of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Paula Deen Ventures, a newly formed company, is getting a cash infusion of between $75 million and $100 million from Najafi Cos., a private-equity company owned by the owner of BMG Music Service and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
Office supplies retailer Staples and the Professional Golf Association have each committed to making donations to the City of Hope, and it's easy to participate.
Boston-based Wayfair.com has named James Savarese chief operating officer.
Sergei Tashlikowich has been named president and CEO of Wholesale Furniture Brokers, an online, direct-from-manufacturers seller.
Bedding supplier Therapedic International has kicked off its social and new media strategy to build brand and product awareness among consumers and within the furniture industry.