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The Story of one shoe dog's journey in the footwear industry

About me, Mike...

I’m a Senior Director at Zappos.com

This is my journey on how I got here…from the beginning.  I’m writing twice a week sharing my story and tips along the way for those who want to get in into the shoe and apparel industry, already in the industry looking for insights, or for those who just want to see my comic strips from a shoe dog who’s been around the block.  Enjoy!

My Latest Blogs Below.

Team Bonding is Good for Morale

Team Bonding is Good for Morale -Blog #130

In Blog #129 I talked about about the Nordstrom buying system. In this blog I want to talk about how Team Bonding is Good for Morale Daryl came by 4 tickets to a 49er game. It was against the Eagles so it would be a great game. Steve Young was

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Nordstrom Buyers were based in each store

Blog #129 Nordstrom Buyers were based in each store

In Blog #128 I talked about about having a good partner. In this blog I want to talk about how Nordstrom had buyers for each store Nordstrom had their buyers work in the store they bought for. We also managed the department. The reason why this worked so well was

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Blog #119 Having Great Vendor relationships

Blog #119 Having Great Vendor relationships

In Blog 118  I talked about having a great “Right Arm”. In this blog I want to talk about having great vendor relationships’ Growing up I felt my dad “knew everything” about most subjects. He could fix anything. Plumbing, electrical, yard stuff you name it. If the lawn mower went

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Having a great "Right Arm"

Blog #118 Having a great “Right Arm”

In Blog 117  I talked about Building a great Palo Alto team. In this blog I wanted to talk about The importance of having a great “Right Arm” to help you out. The floor was starting to gel and business was starting to get better in the process. My First

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Blog #117 Building a Great team

In Blog 116  I talked about a defining moment in my career. In this blog I wanted to talk about Building a great Palo Alto team. I started giving people reviews on their Strengths and Opportunities. From there I started ranking the floor accordingly. It created pretty high tensions with

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A Defining Moment

Blog #116 A Defining Moment

In Blog# 115  I talked about being present in the moment. In this blog I wanted to talk about a defining moment in my career. Nora was frustrated that our business was still tough. I was frustrated our business was still tough. She would come down with a forced smile

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…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career. 

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