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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.

The Changing Landscape

Six prominent industry executives discuss the key forces that will shape the future of pet retailing.

What Tomorrow Brings

Pet Business examines three major challenges that threaten the pet industry's well-being, and how retailers should prepare for what it is to come.

Head of the Class

The 2014 Pet Business Top 25 Retailers List reveals that North America's mid-sized pet specialty chains continue to grow stronger-thanks, in large part, to a clear focus on service and nutrition.

A Celebration of Innovation

With the 12th-annual Industry Recognition Awards, Pet Business honors the ground-breaking products that are driving growth in the pet care market.

Sink or Swim

Retailers and manufacturers in the aquatics segment of the pet industry are rethinking their strategies and adjusting to meet the challenging market forces they face today.

Self Examination

Five retail executives discuss the pet industry's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as how these factors are impacting their businesses.

The Changing Face of Pet Ownership

The pet industry will have to respond to fundamental changes in consumer demographics in order to maintain success to the year 2020 and beyond.

A Narrowing Pipeline

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?

An Independent Spirit

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.

Getting a Handle on Healthcare

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.

The Power of One

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.

Restoring Confidence

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.

Mind Your Managers

The challenge of finding, developing and retaining good store managers can be made much easier if storeowners take the right steps.

The Strong Survive

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.

Taking the Puppy Out of the Window

Three independent pet retailers share their experiences of life after puppy sales.

Honoring Innovation

Pet Business celebrates the best that the pet care category has to offer with the 11th annual Industry Recognition Awards.

An Amazonian Challenge

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.
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