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Building Bonds

Research into the many benefits associated with the bond between people and pets makes the entire pet industry stronger.

Born "Free"

In the pet food category, shoppers are increasingly attracted to products because of what is left out.

Millennialization and the Pet Industry

With all the talk about Millennials over the past several years, it may seem impossible that pet industry prognosticators could have underestimated the impact that these consumers have had—and will continue to have—on our marketplace.

The Power of Pets

The pet industry’s total effect on the American economy amounted to $221 billion in 2015, generating nearly $23 billion in taxes for the federal, state and local governments.

Engaging the Next Generation of Pet Owners

Are you ready to market your services to a whole new generation of pet owners? Let’s hope so, because your ability to do so is sure to impact your grooming business—for better or worse.

Building on Your Strengths

Remember when it was easy to build and sustain a successful pet retail operation? Yeah, neither do I.

Shaping Our Own Destiny

While the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council was successful in improving the regulatory and business environment for the pet industry last year, there is much more work to be done in 2017.

Finding an Edge

The World Pet Association is constantly looking for exciting new ways to set its SuperZoo trade show and conference apart from other pet industry events.

Excellence at Any Size

Success in the pet specialty channel is not solely the domain of the companies on the Top 25 Retailers list.

Proper Protection

Reducing the potential harm from non-native species requires collaboration to develop a balanced course of action that begins, not ends, with risk assessment methods.

A Wholesome Approach to Rawhide

John Bosserman, sales and marketing manager for Wholesome Hide, discusses his company’s commitment to producing only the highest quality products using USA-sourced beef hide.

Good News for Pets

Nicole Spain, brand manager for BPV Environmental, reveals how the company’s Fresh News brand has stayed at the forefront of the natural/eco-friendly pet products movement.

The Election Fallout Fallacy

Could shoppers’ post-election hangover end up putting a lump of coal in retailers’ stocking this holiday season?

Tailored Treating

Laura Taylor, owner of Woofables Bakery, discusses how a customized selection of her company’s gourmet pet treats can help pet specialty retailers stand out from the competition.

Next-Level Cyber Warfare

Recent headlines indicate that online competitors are about to become even more dangerous.

Will the Real Independents Please Stand Up?

Significant changes in the pet specialty retail landscape have made it difficult to distinguish which businesses qualify for this designation.

The Solution to Staffing

Many pet specialty retailers are having trouble finding good, hard-working and trustworthy people to help work their stores.

New Hope for Responsible Breeders

When it comes to combating substandard breeders, the new voluntary breeder certification program introduced by Purdue University is a better alternative to pet sale bans.

Partners in Pet Care

Professionals who make their living working with pets should play a valuable role in discussions about animal care legislation and regulation.

The New Product Dilemma

Specialty distributors can be an invaluable resource in helping retailers leverage the high level of product innovation in the pet industry.
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