The holidays represent an important sales period for pet stores, so it is essential that retailers do everything they can to convert pet owners' holiday spirit into register rings.
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?
Offering pet-related services can be a great way to drive customer traffic and boost an independent pet retailer's bottom line.
As the Marketplace Fairness Act, otherwise known as the online sales tax, moves to the House, brick-and-mortar retailers should understand how it could affect their operations if it passes.
By taking the right approach, pet retailers can turn showrooming shoppers into loyal customers and even vocal advocates of the store.
For pet retailers, the keys to a successful merchandising strategy are presentation, placement and promotion.
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.
Pet specialty retailer American Dog Outfitters clears several hurdles to find success in Key West.
Retailers can and should use a formal, consistent employee-training program to grow their businesses.
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.
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.