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Chappell Takes over Marketing for MMPI Casual Furniture

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.

Retail Imports Expected to Drop in February

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 Brands Get Cash Infusion

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.

Birdies for City of Hope

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.

Wayfair Names Savarese COO

James Savarese

Boston-based Wayfair.com has named James Savarese chief operating officer.

Wholesale Furniture Brokers Names President, CEO

Sergei Tashlikowich

Sergei Tashlikowich has been named president and CEO of Wholesale Furniture Brokers, an online, direct-from-manufacturers seller.

Therapedic Kicks Off Social Media Campaign

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.