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5 Effective Habits of Successful Small-Business Owners

Pet retailers can improve their productivity and profitability by taking up these five effective habits shared by many successful small-business owners.

Global Growth

The 2015 edition of Global Pet Expo was a record-breaking event, according to a number of key metrics.

Spend Money, Sell Better

Is Walmart paying its employees better than you are paying yours? For the sake of your business—and your staff—I hope not.

Not Just Litter

Jean Broders, brand manager for Kent Pet Group's World's Best Cat Litter, discusses how the brand's quality and comprehensive marketing keeps it at top of the growing natural cat litter market.

Back It with Facts

When retailers engage their local legislators and regulators, it is best that they do so armed with data about their businesses.

Pets in the City

Fewer landlords allowing pets will only force many people into making a hard decision: apartment or pet? Sometimes, the pet does not win.

A Home Run in Pet Care

Brad Cantwell, president of MidWest Homes for Pets, points out some of his company's latest pet product innovations.

Jumping Hurdles

Five pet specialty retailers explain the challenges of running independent retail operations in today's marketplace.

Meeting Tomorrow's Challenges Today

Baby Boomers will slow their spending on pets, the Internet will become a formidable source of competition, and the product trends that have largely driven pet store success will stop paying big dividends to the retailers that were early adopters.

Straight from the Experts

Emily Benson, marketing director for Starmark Pet Products, Inc., discusses how a team of training and behavior specialists drives the company's innovative product design.

Wise Men Go East

Pet Fair Asia could be the key to unlocking the potential that Asian markets hold for North American pet product companies that are looking to expand their reach on a global level.

Cooperation in Action

The ongoing partnership between the Pet Industry Distributors Association and American Pet Products Association is proving that, when working together, various elements of the pet industry can accomplish great things.

Pulling Together

The long-term health of the pet industry will require collaboration among its many segments to fight legislative and regulatory threats.

It Has to be Good

What does J. M. Smucker, a company known for its peanut butter, jelly and coffee, want with a pet food and treat company?

Making Valuable Connections

PetProducts.com aims to be the most comprehensive digital resource for helping consumers find quality pet products, retailers and service providers.

Killing Them Softly

Are independent brick-and-mortar pet shops being quietly phased out by vendors looking to punch their own ticket on the freight train that is Internet retailing?

Earning Your Trust

With a well-versed staff of full-time journalists complemented by a group of industry experts—many with 20 or 30 years of experience working in the pet industry—we have developed the finest publication in the retail pet industry.

Innovating P.L.A.Y.

Will Chen, founder and CEO of P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You), discusses his company's approach to creating pet beds and toys that deliver real value to pet retailers and their customers.

Diving Deep

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council is closely monitoring and working on a number of current and emerging issues facing the ornamental aquarium industry.

A Team Player

According to executive vice president Leslie Yellin, Multipet International brings a number of key resources to the partnerships it forms with retailers.
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