Zappos gives job titles the boot

Zappos, the online shoe store, plans to change its corporate culture, according to a new report.

During a four-hour company meeting last month, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced that his company, by the end of next year, will have fully moved over to a "self-governing" system aimed at making employees more productive and entrepreneurial, according to Quartz.

The system, known as Holacracy, removes all job titles and managers in a corporate structure, leaving nearly every employee on equal footing. According to Quartz, Zappos is going all-in on the system and will create approximately 400 "circles" made … Read more

After stink-eye from Kanye, Zappos releases 'Sh-t Product'

Kanye West courts controversy even more enthusiastically than he courted his dazzling fiancee.

However, the object of his latest diatribe, Zappos, is no stranger to public speaking. So it's retorted with a precious surprise.

It all started when Kanye appeared on Bret Easton Ellis' podcast and accused the online retailer of selling inferior items.

In fact, his sniffy words were: "I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he's trying to tell me what I need to focus on. Meanwhile, he sells all this sh-t product to everybody, his whole thing is based … Read more

How to get free next-day shipping with Zappos for Windows 8

Zappos has released its Windows 8 shopping app just in time for the holidays. Though the app can be used on any system that runs Windows 8, it's tailor-made for the touch screen, which should benefit users with devices like the Microsoft Surface or the Dell Venue 8 Pro.

The entire catalog of products is available for purchase with the Zappos app. To encourage Windows 8 users to place orders with the app, Zappos is offering free next-business-day shipping through the end of the year (US customers only).

Zappos already offers free standard shipping, but next-day shipping normally costs … Read more

Can e-tailer Zappos demolish the brick-and-mortar model?

In April, Will Young led a group of his fellow Zappos employees on a trip to the nearby Westfield Mall in downtown San Francisco for an afternoon of people watching.

It was more than a social outing. Young, the director of Zappos Labs, has been busy trying to figure out ways to lure more shoppers away from brick-and-mortar stores and into the realm of e-commerce. Though online retail has seen incredible growth in recent years, it accounts for only a small piece of the retail pie. Young wants to change that.

So, visiting the mall and other shopping destinations in … Read more

Zappos overhauls shopping app for Android

Zappos knows that making it easy to buy things means more sales, so it's overhauled its Android app with a new design focused on browsing and a quick checkout.

The app, available today for Android and Kindle devices, lets shoppers save searches and share or "favorite" items while browsing and, of course, buy the items. The new checkout process comes with a way to store and manage multiple credit cards by tagging them with different colors, but customers can also use PayPal. It also comes with a package-tracking widget, which the Zappos mobile team says is unique … Read more

Revitalizing downtown Las Vegas with 100 Tesla Model S cars

Tony Hsieh made shopping for shoes easy. It also made him a fortune when he sold Zappos to Amazon for around $850 million. Lately, he has been focusing on revitalizing downtown Las Vegas, and 100 of Tesla's all-electric Model S cars are part of the plan.

With a base price of $52,400 (after a $7,500 federal tax credit), the Teslas are part of a collaborative transportation system designed to free people from owning cars and at less than the monthly cost of traditional car ownership. Called Project 100, the transportation system will also include more than 100 … Read more

So where will people shop today that isn't Amazon?

Today is expected to be one of the biggest days ever for online shopping, but where will people be making some of their purchases may be surprising.

According to Deepfield, which provides technology to track and analyze network performance, some of the top Internet retailers are the usual suspects, like Amazon, while some others, such as Shopify, are more unexpected.

The company conducted a large-scale study of online shopping infrastructure over the past several months, using data from its ongoing study of Internet backbone traffic.

What it has found is that Amazon, of course, dominates Internet retail. About 14 percent … Read more

Top Black Friday apps for iOS

Black Friday is rapidly approaching and we all know that means people are going to be hitting the stores both online and at brick-and-mortar locations to grab gifts for friends and family. But if you want to find the best deals, you're going to need a little help, and I have just the right apps for the job on iOS devices.

Whether you plan to brave the crowds on Black Friday or stay home and shop online, these apps will get you the best deals and hopefully make your gift shopping a little easier.

Editors' note: For Android shopping … Read more

Amazon shutters popular shoe site

Never fear, Amazon says, it's not really closing down its trendy shoe and accessory Web site -- it's migrating it to

The company posted a note on its Web site today saying that it has "exciting news." Apparently, as of September 27, will be no more. The goal for the company is to integrate this mainly shoe Web site into its bigger apparel site.

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This new style destination will have the latest shoes, handbags, jewelry and watches from an expanded selection of brands--including … Read more

With Pinpointing, Zappos hooks up Pinterest with e-commerce

Amazon's online shoe seller Zappos is combining the popularity of Pinterest with its own products in a new service.

Dubbed Pinpointing, the service delivers Zappos products based on what a user has pinned. In addition, the service will list products that had been pinned recently. Pinpointing lists a host of product categories, including shoes, skirts, dresses, and jeans.

In order to take advantage of the features, users can enter their own Pinterest username to see what sort of Zappos recommendations might relate to their previously pinned items. They can also input another person's username to see recommendations based … Read more