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All I Want for Christmas...

We asked a few Zapponians what they wanted for Christmas this year. Here are their answers:

Have a safe and happy holiday season from the entire Zappos Family!

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Gingerbread House Contest

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We recently had an office-wide gingerbread house contest and these are just some of the amazing creations that were entered. The grand prize winner was our Pipeline Team with their “Nightmare Before Christmas” creation (top left).

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Hack-a-Thon v. 9.0

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The Zappos API team held the 9th Hack-a-thon event from December 12-16th. The theme was “Do it Live”, which meant each team was encouraged to try and have their project accessible to the intended users by the end of the week.

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In the end, seven teams accomplished this challenge. In addition to the Hack-a-Thon, the Zappos API team hosted a public “Hack-a-thon Hack-a-long” contest open to any non Zappos developer that ran for the duration of the Hackathon.

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Holiday Helpers!

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Like Santa's little helpers, but better!

Our number one core value here in the Zappos Family is “Deliver WOW through service”. Delivering excellent customer service is really at the core of everything we do. That’s why our long-standing tradition of Holiday Helpers is still going strong.

Every holiday season, when our call volumes reach their highest levels of the year, every Zappos employee from every department is asked to jump on the phones for a few hours to help out our ZCLT team.

So, if you call our customer service number during the holiday season, there’s a chance you could get our CEO Tony Hsieh on the line! We all look forward to helping your holiday shopping experience be the best one yet.

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Super Awesome Description Winner-November 2011

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 Jennie a few fun questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers below!

What inspired you when writing this description?

I used my many, many, many experiences trying to pack a bag when leaving the house with my now two-year-old. You really do pack your hopes and dreams into that bag. Along with the butt cream and binky.

What is your favorite Zappos core value?

Deliver WOW through service! Service is a privilege; the world would be a happier place if more people thought that way.

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

Most people are usually surprised to find out I married my high school sweetheart. I’m kind of surprised by it myself. Because if you would have told me when I was sixteen that I would marry him one day, I would have told you to lay off the pipe.

Fun facts about Jennie:

My favorite food is pretty much anything I can eat in a bowl with a spoon.

We have a 1:1 DVR-to-person ratio in our house. We take TV that seriously.

Books are my best friends.

I am older than the Internet.

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

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Today was Ugly Holiday Sweater Day here at Zappos HQ. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture could write a novel. Should we submit this to

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Zappos vs. Amazon: 5th Annual Tech Donut Eating Contest!

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Yesterday, our tech team hosted one of the "sweetest" (sometimes stomach-churning) traditions at Zappos--the Tech Donut Eating Contest. We faced off against in an all-out donut war. Unfortunately, Amazon won. The winner ate a whopping 24 donuts in just 20 minutes!

Fortunately, nobody got sick, although some looked close to it...

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Zapponian Spotlight: Chris N.

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This week’s Zapponian Spotlight is on Chris N. from the Content Team of Zappos Development, Inc. Chris is an Ohio State grad and spends his free time writing (which ,coincidentally, he also does for a living!), watching movies, and looking at funny cat photos on the internet.

We asked him the standard ZS questions, and here are his answers:

Pick 3 words to describe your personal style.

C: Inconsistent, lazy, and steezy

 Who is your favorite musician or band?

C: Hmm hard to choose just one favorite.  Wu-Tang Clan, I guess.

Name 3 things you never leave home without?

C: Phone, wallet, keys.

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

C: Jean Claude Van Damme.  We’d hunt down a large bison and Jean Claude would roundhouse it onto the grill.

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

C: I was attacked unprovoked while walking into a bar!

What’s your favorite part about working at Zappos?

C:  The great people!