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Challenge Accepted

According to Emily Benson, marketing director for Starmark Pet Products, manufacturers are developing mental-stimulation toys based on the science of how dogs learn.

Success with Solutions

Cristen Underwood, director of marketing for Quaker Pet Group, discusses how a focus on solution-oriented products has quickly made the company a major player in the pet industry.

All Aboard

Amber McCrocklin, president of Paws Aboard, recounts the company's auspicious beginnings and discusses its growing product portfolio.

Breaking the Mold

Brad Forgette, executive vice president for Marchioro USA, discusses how his company has been able to offer superior quality while maintaining competitive prices.

Designed for Success

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.

A Super Forecast

Welcome to the Club

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.

Riding the Next Wave

For pet retailers, the ability to identify the hottest product trends is key to sustaining success through the fourth quarter of 2012 and beyond.

Investing in the Future

Without a concerted, wide-scale effort, the pet industry risks losing ground with today's technology-driven kids-and tomorrow's customers.

Navigating a Sea of Change

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.

Going Exclusive

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.

Chain Reaction

Pet specialty chains have fared quite well over the past five years despite-and in some cases, because of-recent economic troubles.

A View from the Top

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.

Survival of the Fittest

With the current economy testing the health of pet retailers like never before, Pet Business investigates why some thrive while others flat-line.

In the Foxhole

The Dynamic Between Fashion & Function

Nancy Swartzentruber, owner of Dynamic Accents, discusses how an efficient selection of handcrafted wooden pet furniture and enclosures can attract a lucrative customer base.

A Healthy Debate

While health and wellness products clearly represent a great growth opportunity for pet specialty retailers, the jury is still out on the best way to make the most of this burgeoning market.

Shaping Success

Pet ‘n Shape president, Ahdee Abramson, talks about his company's success in the freeze-dried treat category and why the company continues striving to revolutionize the category. By Lindsey Wojcik

Leaders of the Pack

Now in their tenth year, the Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards celebrate the pet industry's most exciting and innovative products.

Opportunity Identified

The pet identification category has gotten a big boost from improvements in technology and an influx of fashion-inspired design.
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