Will consolidation among pet industry distributors make it more difficult for independent retailers to access the products they need to set themselves apart from their competition?
Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet is a prime example of how a regional chain can stand up to big-box competitors by delivering high-quality products and customer service in a neighborhood pet shop atmosphere. That is why it has been named Pet Business' 2013 Retailer of the Year.
While the ultimate impact of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, some of the challenges and opportunities that it will present to pet retailers are already apparent.
Facing an unprecedented amount of competition and economic pressure, single-store pet retailers must be nimble in leveraging their unique strengths or fall by the wayside.
Today's shoppers are approaching the pet food aisle with a healthy dose of skepticism, so pet retailers must go above and beyond to ensure confidence in this important segment of their business.
The challenge of finding, developing and retaining good store managers can be made much easier if storeowners take the right steps.
While the past five years of economic strife have proven disastrous for many retailers, five pet specialty chains prove that it is possible to not only survive, but grow in a difficult economy.
Three independent pet retailers share their experiences of life after puppy sales.
Pet Business celebrates the best that the pet care category has to offer with the 11th annual Industry Recognition Awards.
Wielding formidable weapons such as low overhead and unlimited shelf space, Internet retail giant Amazon.com is testing brick-and-mortar stores like never before.
Pet specialty retailers are leveraging their arsenal of competitive strengths to battle against Amazon.com.
Retailers know that differentiation is the key to standing out in an increasingly competitive retail environment; but they often overlook design as one basic way to shine.
Pet Club has emerged from the desert to become a player in several markets across Arizona and Colorado. The chain's rapid growth and success are why it has been selected as the Pet Business Retailer of the Year.
For pet retailers, the ability to identify the hottest product trends is key to sustaining success through the fourth quarter of 2012 and beyond.
Without a concerted, wide-scale effort, the pet industry risks losing ground with today's technology-driven kids-and tomorrow's customers.
The aquatics industry has undergone major changes in the last few years as retailers have been forced to navigate a rough economy. The good news is that experts say surviving the storm is possible-and better days are on the way.
A focus on stocking only products that are unique to the independent pet specialty channel is not necessarily the right choice for all mom-and-pop pet shops.
Pet specialty chains have fared quite well over the past five years despite-and in some cases, because of-recent economic troubles.
Executives from a variety of pet product companies sound off on the biggest issues facing the pet specialty channel, and how pet stores can rise to meet future challenges.
With the current economy testing the health of pet retailers like never before, Pet Business investigates why some thrive while others flat-line.