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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.

Pet Retailers Bite Back

Pet specialty retailers are leveraging their arsenal of competitive strengths to battle against Amazon.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Model of Efficiency

Pet stores that can improve their performance in category management, product sourcing and staffing will be able to counteract some of the profit margin erosion that has plagued specialty retailers over the past few years.

What Recovery?

A turbulent year for the economy has raised some serious questions about what we can expect in terms of a post-recession rebound. What does this mean for pet specialty retailers as the calendar flips to 2012?

All in the Family

Over the past 30 years, Concord Pet Foods and Supplies—the 2011 Pet Business Retailer of the Year—has grown into a successful 21-store retail chain by combining the owner’s hands-on approach with empowered store managers.
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