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Pets.com, the online pet store, has hired John Benjamin as VP-merchandising and Lisa Erikson as senior buyer. Both join Pets.com from Petco, an offline pet store. Mr. Benjamin will handle product selection, sourcing, pricing and sales forecasting. Ms. Erikson will determine Pets.com's product category mix.

Business travel Web site Biztravel.com announced a new service in which it's able to write tickets immediately at purchase. Usually, tickets are processed slightly after they're purchased to give travel agents and airlines a chance to check a traveler's information for accuracy.

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