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Be a Part of the 2012 Zappos Culture Book!

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Last year's edition of the Zappos Culture Book.

We’re at it again! For last year’s 2011 Zappos.com Culture Book, we asked our customers, employees and partners to submit their photos…a way of getting unique perspectives of the world through different lenses.

This year, we want everyone’s photos to add to the 2012 Culture Book. Here are some of the requirements for the photos:

Good:

What you think of when you hear “Zappos”

-Your favorite Zappos item

-Something fun and a little weird

-Something that makes you smile

-Something you’re passionate about

-Your interpretation of one of our core values.

No Good:

-Your dirty laundry :)

-Anything inappropriate

-Anything excessively photo-edited or Photoshopped.

Feel free to add informative titles, descriptions, your name and where you took the picture (in the email, not on the picture). If you’re submitting a photo, you’re giving us the right to use it in our book and you’re verifying that it’s your original photo (and not someone else’s).

Specs:

-The higher the resolution, the better!

-JPG format only.

-300 dpi 5” x 7” or higher.

-1200 × 1600 pixels minimum.

-You must own the full copyright.

-No trademarks (e.g. logos, brands, entities with copyright or trademarked).

Please send your images and questions to: cbphotos@zappos.com by Friday, June 15th!

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Super Awesome Description-March 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

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We asked Amber a few fun questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

A: Run-on sentences. Epic misspellings. "These is"

What is your favorite color?

A: Floral.  

What inspired you when writing this description?

A: I got to thinking, “Could I legit wear these? I’ve never even been on a yacht.” So I wrote the description for people like me. You know, to make me feel better about wanting to wear yacht-themed earrings.

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I’ve always wanted to be a dancer. Or better yet, I’ve always wanted to be good at a dancing video game. Either way, I’m no good.

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Zappos' First Annual Earth Day

As part of LEAF’s initiative to make Zappos a more environmentally friendly workplace, we hosted an Earth Day event for our employees on Tuesday, April 17th. We asked several local and non-local vendors to participate by spreading awareness about how easy and fun it is to become eco-friendly, and wow, did our vendors surely step up to the plate! Earth Day was such a success that we’ve decided to make this an annual event with the goal to make each year even better than the previous!

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When we first reached out to our vendors, their responses were overwhelming! They were thrilled to hear the Zappos was starting its journey to become environmentally friendly, and they were even more excited to be a part of it. The vendors that attended our event included: KEEN, prAna, Patagonia, Whole Foods, Vegas Roots Community Gardens, Lunas Recycling, Sierra Nevada, BottleHood, Springs Preserve, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Southwest Gas, and RTC.

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prAna did something special for all Zappos employees that deserves a special shout out. Not only did they showcase their use of sustainable materials in their products, demonstrated how they’ve eliminated poly bags in their warehouse, and discussed their initiatives with clean energy; they surprised us by offsetting all of our Las Vegas employees’ carbon emissions! This means that 1,300 of us will be carbon neutral for the entire month of April!* Thank you prAna for caring so much about the environment and truly WOWing all of us!

Not all of our Earth Day vendors could make a physical appearance at Zappos HQ. However, they still showed their support for our event and sent out information about their eco-friendly products and sustainable initiatives, prizes for us to raffle off, and even coupons specifically made for our employees. These vendors included: ChicoBags, EcoLunchBoxes, Klean Kanteen, Semilla, People Towels, Vessel Drinkware, and Haiku Bags

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One of our goals for our first annual Zappos Earth Day was to promote an eco-friendly change in the daily habits of at least one employee. With the help of our vendors that provided and demonstrated eco-friendly options and initiatives to our employees, I believe the event successfully achieved its goal! The immense turnout of curious Zappos employees also helped promote more green awareness. We really could not have pulled this event off without the help of all of our amazing vendors –THANK YOU!

That being said, it is my personal goal to make next year’s Zappos Earth Day even more successful!

*1,300 individual offsets would be the same as 117 cars removed from the road for a year, or carbon sequestered by 128 acres of trees, or removing the harmful effects from extracting 1392 barrels of oil.

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Happy National Pretzel Day!

April 26th is an exciting day!  It's Hug an Australian Day, Audubon Day, Kids & Pets Day, Poem in Your Pocket Day, Richter Scale Day, Take Your Daughter to Work and, most importantly,  National Pretzel Day!

We're are all about trying out new recipes, so Brooke and I decided to whip up some pretzels for National Pretzel Day!

As an added twist (excuse the pun) we decided to make bacon pretzels in honor of our dear friend and coworker April, whose birthday is today and who LOVES bacon!

You will need:
1 teaspoon of sugar

2 teaspoons of salt

1 packet of yeast

2 oz of butter of margarine

4 1/2 cups of flour

Oil of your choosing

Bacon or cheese (optional)

Plus 2 hours of free time

*Some recipes call for an egg yolk that is mixed with cold water and brushed over the pretzels at the end, but we didn't have one (they were all boiled for Easter), so we just brushed ours with butter.

We hope you enjoy the video! If you look closely you might even catch a cameo from my cat Oliver (but don't look too closely, we accidentally left a microphone cable in the shot - oops!)

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The Happy Hunt in Portland, Oregon

Some of our team members recently headed out to Portland, Oregon to spread “random acts of kindness” all around their fine city.

They made stops at some popular Portland locations such as Voodoo Doughnuts, Koi Fusion food truck and PBJ’s to give out some free goodies. We also spread happiness-filled eggs throughout town for people to find.

Look out for more Random Acts of Happiness! We might be visiting YOUR city to spread some smiles!

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Happy National Cheeseball Day!

April 17th is National Cheeseball Day! Now there’s a holiday that’s near and dear to our hearts—being cheeseballs ourselves!

If you'd like to make your own cheeseball to celebrate, we’re here to show you how to whip one up in ten minutes flat. Just watch this “cheesy” video and you'll have all the knowledge you need.

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One Day Without Shoes 2012

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In honor the annual “One Day Without Shoes” event, A few Zapponians spent April 10th barefoot around the office. By going a day without shoes, we join people around the world in taking a stand for the millions of children who have to live with this reality—one that leaves them susceptible to diseases and injury every single day.

Visit onedaywithoutshoes.com to learn more!

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Staff Picks: Mother's Day Gifts

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Zappos employees ham it up during our Mother's Day Picks photoshoot.

Mom definitely deserves more than just one day out of the year in her honor; all those sleepless nights, all the lunches she’s packed for us over the years, and the countless rides to soccer games and the mall—we think she’s better than any superhero!

However, since there’s only one designated Mother’s Day, it’s your chance to really make it count. Show her your appreciation with thoughtful gifts she won’t have to fake enthusiasm for!

We asked this week’s Zappos employee “models” about their own moms (and wife) and their gift picks for her. To get a real mom’s perspective, we also threw in Sunshine who is a mom of two.

Cheers to all you moms out there! We love you!

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you have ever given your mom for Mother’s Day?

T: I surprised her with a huge bouquet of tulips last year. I'm bad about forgetting holidays, so she was genuinely shocked that I remembered! 

What is your fondest, most cherished memory of your mom?

T: I had a lot of hearing problems when I was a kid, and I remember her putting her hands over my ears and praying for me every day. 

What three words best describe her as a mom?

T: Affectionate, self-sacrificing, and fun! 

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

T:  Essie 6 Piece Mega Mini Color Cube in Winter , Dooney & Bourke Lambskin Collection O-Ring Shopper , UGG Coquette

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you have ever given your mom for Mother’s Day?

D: Five years ago my brother, dad, and myself bought my mom a Jack Russell Terrier puppy for Mother’s Day. His name is Rusty.

What is your fondest, most cherished memory of your mom?

D: Going to the mountains with her.

What three words best describe her as a mom?

D: Loving, Cheerful, Humble 

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

D: Keen Coronado sandals,  LeSportsac Cosmetic Bag Combo , Lucky Brand Garden Stack Ring Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you (or your kids) have ever given your wife for Mother’s Day?

S: The gift of making her a mother! 

It’s Mother’s Day morning—what is the first thing you and the kids do to greet mom for her special day?

S: Hugs and kisses.  

 What three words best describe her as a mom?

S: Best Mom Ever.

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

S: Volcom All Day Long Creedlers Sandals, Michael Kors MK5038 Watch, Michael Kors MK5216 Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift your kids have ever given you for Mother’s Day?

S:  They always make me breakfast in bed. It's fun to listen to them "cooking" downstairs while they think I'm still sleeping. One year I got to eat soggy Cherrios, gummy worms and a Diet Coke.

Describe each of your kids in three words (each):

S:  Scarlett: Independent, willful, wise. Zack: Empathetic, funny, lovable.  

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

S: They give me purpose. Everything I do is for them.  

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day wish list? (Kids, pay attention!):

S: Kitchenaid 5-Quart Artisan Design Series Stand Mixer, Fossil Flight Chronograph Watch , Ray-Ban New Wayfarer

 

 

 

Check out our Gifts page for more gifts ideas for mom!