September 2014
The Bigger They Are...

PetSmart’s largest investors do not appear very happy. In a recent letter to the company’s board, Jana Partners, which holds…
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This e-mail is sent in response to an industry brief about pet industry organizations pledging $125k to overturn pet sale bans. I'm not sure throwing that huge sum of money at stores that sell puppies is the smartest idea. Look at the Yelp reviews of these stores; even throwing out…
If you’re a pet lover looking for romance, Colorado may be the place for you. Four cities in the Centennial State ranked highest on a list of the top 10 cities for pet lovers in a survey conducted by PetSmart Charities and “The Truth About Pets & Dating” surveyed…
*The following originally appeared in the 2014 edition of Pet Business' annual Guide to Buying, Selling and Marketing Natural Pet Products. To view the entire publication, click here.The effect that the natural products trend is having on the pet specialty retail channel is hard to miss. Always on the lookout…
Each month, Pet Business offers a look at some notable social media posts from pet specialty retailers, as well as our own commentary on what we think makes these posts work. Here are some recent examples:     Triple Point Sunday Today! You Get 3 on 5/4. Stop in today…
Pet store owners have been doing a lot of hand-wringing over the past several years as they've watched grow its market share in a variety of consumer products categories, wondering when the online mega-retailer will perfect the practice of affordable, same-day delivery of pet food. Cracking this code has…
Are cats and coffee the purr-fect mix? The cat café phenomenon spreading across Asia and Europe, where patrons can sip a latte and interact with cats, seems to prove that it’s exactly what cat and coffee lovers want. However, until last weekend, Americans had yet to experience the joy of…
    Each month, Pet Business offers a look at some notable social media posts from pet specialty retailers, as well as our own commentary on what we think makes these posts work. Here are some recent examples:       — Cherrybrook Pet (@CherrybrookPet) March 13, 2014   Why…
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Pet Industry's Top2Top Conference, hosted by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), in Amelia Island, Fla. It was my second year at what has quickly become one of my favorite events in the pet industry. With a much different tone…
While it is obvious that the natural products trend is still having a big impact on the pet industry—and on pet specialty stores, in particular—Pet Business recently conducted a survey of pet store owners and operators to see just how pervasive the the natural movement has become, as well as…
Fans of Batman and The Dark Knight Trilogy have become accustomed to their favorite villains being spoofed. The most recent film in the series, The Dark Knight Rises, featured actor Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, and his take on the character has launched more than a few parodies. Even…
  British humor may be an acquired taste for some, but one thing that's always funny are animals doing human activities. I recently saw a very funny British commercial for Freeview, a free television service, featuring a cat and a bird singing "You're All I Need to Get By." My…
While I've always suspected that Lauren Conrad is basically a human Pinterest board, this adorable picture of her and her pup in matching Panama Hats confirms it. Conrad rose to fame on MTV shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills. The sweet starlet managed to parlay her…

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Industry Calendar

September 16-17, 2014: United Pacific Pet Open House

Queen Mary

Long Beach, Calif.


September 19-21, 2014: Backer’s Total Pet Expo Fall Trade Show

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Ill.

Phone: (800) 826-1375


September 27-28, 2014: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Arlington Convention Center

Arlington, Texas

Phone: (708) 932-8044


October 2- 3, 2014: Phillips Southern Buying Show

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Orlando, Fla.

Phone: 800-451-2817


October 11-14, 2014: IPATA Conference

InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa

Panama City, Panama

Phone: 903-769-2267


October 21-22, 2014: Phillips New England Buying Show

MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Manshantucket, Conn.

Phone: 800-451-2817


November 14-16, 2014: Meadowlands Pet Expo

Meadowlands Expo Center

Secaucus, N.J.

Phone: (631) 423-0620


November 17-20, 2014: China International Pet Show

China International Exhibition Center

Beijing, China

Phone: 86-10-88102257


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