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

Business travel Web site 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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