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Corporate Challenge 2012 Update: Ping Pong Team

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The Zappos men’s and women’s doubles teams both took home the gold earlier this week! The men’s singles team took home the bronze and women’s singles took silver. Great job everyone!

Super Awesome Description-February 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.

super awesome description,Zappos Development, zappos content team,Zappos culture,The winner for February is Kenny Lucas. Kenny is part of the performance team and his quirky description for the Quiksilver Venture luggage piece was too amusing to ignore. Congratulations Kenny!

We asked Kenny a few fun questions to get to know him better. Check out his answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

K: Excessive… ellipses… dude…

What is your favorite color?

K:Plaid – I like to think it’s a color.

What inspired you when writing this description?

K: I read an article a while ago about a man who was trying to build a rocket ship in his backyard, so really, I was just reminding him to pack the necessities while he’s up there exploring the universe. Hopefully he didn’t forget his toothpaste.

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

K: I’m apparently named after Kenny Rogers, but since I can’t ever remember listening to him with my family, I can only assume I was named after his delicious rotisserie chicken.

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Formally Introducing Zappos L.E.A.F.

A few months ago, L.E.A.F. (Leading Environmental Awareness for the Future) was featured on the Zappos blogs when we hosted our first ever Zappos Recycles Day. Since then, L.E.A.F.’s been pretty busy trying to transform Zappos into a greener company!
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L.E.A.F.’s mission is to effectively and efficiently reduce Zappos’ impact on the environment. We have already implemented a new recycling program to fit our employee’s needs; created a mug raffle to encourage use of reusable cups; and added green material to our library to help employees promote sustainability. We are planning an awesome Zappos Earth Day to spread awareness to our employees about how easy it is to make greener decisions daily. Also, we are currently working on a pretty extensive event calendar to show our community support.


community, earth day, eco-friendly, environmentally friendly, L.E.A.F., zappos culture, Zappos goes GreenL.E.A.F. is an employee-grown group led by Danielle and supported by Liz, Elyse and about 30 other Zapponians. The greatest part about our group members, whom we call LEAFERS, is that they find time to support L.E.A.F.’s initiatives alongside their full-time jobs because they truly care about help growing Zappos into a more environmentally friendly company. We’ve come a long way in about 8 months and plan to go even further!

Over the next few months, we plan to make some big changes and will be keeping everyone updated on what we’re up to, internally and out in the community! Stay tuned!

If you would like to contact L.E.A.F., please email leaf@zappos.com.

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Zapponian Spotlight: Jerry T.

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Today’s Zapponian Spotlight is on our very own Zappos Mayor Jerry T.  He’s been with Zappos since 2005 and can often be found greeting our visitors at the front desk of Zappos HQ.

Pick 3 words to describe your personal style.

J: Colorful, casual, comfortable.

Who is your favorite musician or band?

J: Jackson Browne and classic rock. I was there the first time it got played on the radio.

Name 3 things you never leave home without?

J: Keys, wallet and cell phone.

 If you could have dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

J: Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy. I have seen them both thru their careers.

What’s the weirdest thing to ever happen to you?

J: Having a guy from Hair Club for Men ask me if I wanted a consultation…

What’s your favorite part about working at Zappos?

J: Getting to be the Mayor of course!

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Corporate Challenge 2012 Opening Ceremony

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To celebrate another year of Corporate Challenge, The Zappos Family kicked off the Opening Ceremony with a good ol’ fashioned block party! The festivities took place this past weekend in our future HQ, Downtown Las Vegas.

What’s a block party without food, music and drinks? We had all that plus fun games, face painting  and rides for the kids. We also showed our support by cheering on Tony, Chris, Arun and the rest of the gang during the Executive Relay. The fun night was capped off with the official start of 2012 Corporate Challenge in the Lighting of the Torch ceremony.

Good luck to all the participants in this year’s games! Stay tuned for more updates from the Zappos CC teams as the season continues.

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Pet Photo Contest Winners!

Zapponians love their pets, so much so that we held a Pet Photo Contest to show off our furry best friends. If you follow us on our Facebook page, you know that we even feature customers’ pets as “Fan of the Week”.

So without further ado, here are the adorable winners for each category:

Most “Zappified” Pet:

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Fiona B. and her Chihuahua pups Ozzie (left) and Bell (right)

Funniest Pet Photo:

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Megan R. w/her high-fiving dog, Savannah

Pet-Owner Look-Alike:

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Kiersten and Kohta

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Super Awesome Description-January 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.

The winner for January 2012 is Jay G. Jay is part of the athletic performance team and his witty description for the Ward’s Boxing Club NYC The Husband Beater was too clever to ignore. Congratulations Jay!

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We asked Jay a few fun questions to get to know him better. Check out his answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

Exclamation points. I use it to no end regardless of mood! See what I mean?

What is your favorite color?

Back when I was 10, I would have said “Blue”.  Nowadays, I don’t really have one, but I’ve found that anything light-colored or pastel-ish goes well against my skin tone.

What inspired you when writing this description?

It’s boxing-inspired athletic wear so I just played on those aspects.  Plus 1) I’m a big boxing fan (go team Pacman), 2) I use to write Athletic Performance clothing back in the days so it wasn’t that far from my wheel house and 3) I’ve been happily married to a beautiful yet stubborn woman for 11 years… hence the tone.  Everything else just fell into place.

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

I’ve owned 8 pairs of Z. Cavaricci pants and 3 MC Hammer pants.  Anyone above 35 would know what I’m talking about.

Jeanne M. wins MOQ award

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Congratulations, Jeanne!  How does it feel to be recognized by your Content peeps?

It was definitely a *very* nice surprise, but honestly feel there are 100 people far more deserving than I.  We have an amazing Content Team at Zappos overall and lots of Merchandising people on all teams work with them very closely and diligently.  (I am of course partial to the Casual Lifestyle Content Peeps – they rock!!)

What do you believe are the three most important things you can do as a buyer to work in tandem with the writers in Content?

1)      Communication

2)      Communication

3)      Communication!!

The content team is one of most important components of our brands being successful, as they truly "sell" the product for us and help WOW our customers by giving them all the info they need to make shopping decisions.  It's essential that we are looping them in on all things that concern our brands – any changes whatsoever within the brands from personnel or manufacturing/styling standpoint, as well as making sure we are inviting them to all show appts and office meetings with brand reps so they can develop strong partnerships with our brand partners as well.  Deadlines and last minute projects change for all of us, so it's key we are working together successfully by being open about communicating our needs so we can accomplish our goals together as a team and can pitch in to help from both sides. As with every dept at Zappos, it's also tremendously important that we spend time bonding together and taking the culture to the next level- I don’t look at Content as a separate team but as a very important extension and part of our own team.

Share with us the single most important piece of advice you have received and how it helps you WOW the people you work with.

Building relationships with people on all different teams and departments – not only does it help build and strengthen our culture, but we have so much to learn from each other. 

If there were a movie based on your amazing relationship with Content titled, "The Fabulous Life and Times of Jeanne," which actress would play you?

Hmm, I'd love to go with Sandra Bullock – no resemblance looks-wise sadly, but she is pretty sarcastic in many of her roles and so am I!

Since you are a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, who is your all-time favorite Dodger?

I honestly can't narrow it down to a single player.  I would have to say it is the 1988 World Series Team. Not only due to this being the last time they won the series, but because virtually nobody gave them a chance.  Conventional wisdom was they would be swept in 4 by Oakland, they ended up taking the series in 5.  Who can forget the Kirk Gibson dramatics of game 1? (probably a lot of Zapponians actually, since many of you weren't even born back then!)

Finally, the big question!  Which do you prefer, Jeanne: Chocolate or cheese?

Cheese, of course – since it’s the perfect complement with a glass of wine.