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Tony Hsieh

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Make no mistake. Hsieh is here for the long haul, and his name tops many a short list of retail executives to watch. Hsieh, now 33, has grown Zappos.com from $1.6 million in revenues in 2000 to an estimated $800 million in 2007.

Hsieh’s business decisions continue to defy conventional wisdom and inspire other online retailers to get in step with Zappos’ customer-centric practices, such as free overnight shipping and 24/7 customer service. A fun-loving, change-embracing culture drives the Zappos engine. Carefully nurtured by Hsieh, it provides a new workplace template for the future.

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Borders to offer free resolution workshops

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders said Thursday that it is offering customers free in store events throughout the month of January to help them kick start their new year’s resolutions and learn how to keep them through the year. Programs include wellness fairs, yoga classes and diet seminars.

Borders reported that local organizations and community groups will be featured in activities and events at its stores across the country ranging from fitness centers and hospitals to singles groups and retirement centers.

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Schulze sells 440K shares of company stock

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MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy chairman and founder Richard Schulze sold 440,000 shares of Best Buy stock last week valued at $22.4 million. Schulze sold the stock at prices ranging from $50.71 to $51.18 per share. Earlier this month, Schulze sold 2.35 million shares valued at more than $120 million.

While Schulze’s stock sales are considerable, they represent just a fraction of his holdings at Best Buy. He’s estimated to still hold more than 68 million shares of stock amassed during 41 years with the company.

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