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A Family Celebration

Mud Bay's annual Mudstock event gathers every member of the chain's staff for a day of learning, team-building and fun.

Taking Ownership

Mud Bay is giving its staff a bigger stake in the chain's success by instituting an employee stock ownership plan.

For the Love of Country

The demand for domestically sourced and manufactured pet products is on the rise as consumers continue to equate these items with high quality.

Cyberspace Invaders

While pet specialty stores undoubtedly face growing competition from online outlets, the right approach can go a long way in protecting a brick-and-mortar retailer's bottom line from this looming threat.

Surveying the Battlefield

Independent pet specialty stores must understand and overcome the increasing competition they face from other brick-and-mortar retail channels in order to grow their share of the pet care market.

Sweet Dreams

One veteran independent pet specialty retailer reveals the challenges that keep him up at night, as well as how his store's approach to customer service helps him sleep easier.

Answering the Tough Questions

Prominent industry executives share their perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges facing pet specialty retailers today and in the future.

Jumping Hurdles

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

Emerging Opportunities

Pet specialty retailers looking for product trends that will give them a leg up on the competition should pay close attention to several forces shaping the future of pet care.

Putting a Price Tag on Success

A tiered pricing strategy can go a long way in helping pet specialty retailers attract a broad customer base across economic and demographic spectrums.

A Breed Apart

The 13th-annual Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards honor the innovative products that are critical to the success of independent pet stores.

Unifying the Pet Industry

Since he became the leader of the American Pet Products Association, Bob Vetere has made it his mission to ensure the continued success of not only the organization's membership, but also the pet industry as a whole.

Just Keep Swimming

Three successful fish-focused independent pet retailers illustrate the many challenges and opportunities facing the aquatics category.

Thinking Big, Acting Locally

Animal Supply Company, Pet Business' 2014 Distributor of the Year, is leveraging its expanding resources to help pet specialty retailers on a local level.

The Bigger They Are...

PetSmart and Petco have dominated the retail pet care market for the past 20-plus years, but the tide may be turning against the two big box stores as other retailers get more savvy and consumer's tastes change.

Perfecting Partnerships

Retailers can improve their stores' sales and profitability by taking full advantage of the services offered by pet specialty distributors.

The Evolution of Jack's

Built on a strong foundation of three generations of family ownership, Jack's Pets began operating on a whole new level when it was re-branded a few years ago.

Capital Catalysts

Drawn by the ongoing strength of the pet care market, private-equity investors are inexorably changing the industry landscape, and providing significant opportunities and challenges to pet specialty retailers along the way.

Boosting the Bottom Line

Experts from all across the pet industry offer up 50 strategies that independent pet retailers can use immediately to make more money.

Face Value

With the cost of being an employer increasing on multiple fronts, it is imperative that pet specialty retailers understand the true value of store staff and tailor their compensation accordingly.
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