The demand for domestically sourced and manufactured pet products is on the rise as consumers continue to equate these items with high quality.
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.
Pet retailers can improve their productivity and profitability by taking up these five effective habits shared by many successful small-business owners.
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.
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.
Pet store owners and managers can improve the performance of their business by clearly conveying their expectations to store employees.
Prominent industry executives share their perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges facing pet specialty retailers today and in the future.
Five pet specialty retailers explain the challenges of running independent retail operations in today's marketplace.
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.
A tiered pricing strategy can go a long way in helping pet specialty retailers attract a broad customer base across economic and demographic spectrums.
The 13th-annual Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards honor the innovative products that are critical to the success of independent pet stores.
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.
Three successful fish-focused independent pet retailers illustrate the many challenges and opportunities facing the aquatics category.
The young, relatively inexperienced staff members that many pet specialty stores depend on often need a crash-course on the fundamentals of professional retailing.
Animal Supply Company, Pet Business' 2014 Distributor of the Year, is leveraging its expanding resources to help pet specialty retailers on a local level.
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.
Retailers can improve their stores' sales and profitability by taking full advantage of the services offered by pet specialty distributors.
The growing popularity of pet-centric mobile applications can provide retailers with insight on how to appeal to increasingly technology-focused consumers.
Retailers can ensure that they have a successful trade-show experience by making solid plans and taking advantage of every opportunity presented by the event.
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.