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Pet Industry Pillar

For more than 45 years, family-owned Coastal Pet Products has been a key partner and driver of success for pet specialty retailers.

A Match Made in Heaven

Pet product manufacturers are teaming up with stars to create and promote their wares, but does it really have an impact at retail?

Hidden Gold Mine

Ed Sayres and PIJAC's government affairs team summarize the powerful, but sometimes overlooked, legislative resources available to its members.

Lessons from the Past

The pet industry can learn a lot from how the plastics industry mishandled its fight against dangerous activist propaganda.

Little Dogs with a Mighty Bark

Small and toy dog breeds are digging up big sales in pet specialty retail.

Investing in Retention

Understanding that its staff is its biggest asset, Mud Bay goes above and beyond to make sure that every employee feels valued.

A Family Celebration

Mud Bay's annual Mudstock event gathers every member of the chain's staff for a day of learning, team-building and fun.

Taking Ownership

Mud Bay is giving its staff a bigger stake in the chain's success by instituting an employee stock ownership plan.

For the Love of Country

The demand for domestically sourced and manufactured pet products is on the rise as consumers continue to equate these items with high quality.

Giving David a Bigger Slingshot

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, which has defended the pet trade from attacks by animal-rights activists for more than 40 years, is getting some much-needed support from a new partnership.

Unifying the Pet Industry

A new partnership between the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and the Pet Leadership Council has the potential to positively influence the public's perception of the pet industry.

Cyberspace Invaders

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.

Telling Our Story

The pet industry must get better at communicating the many ways it works to improve the lives of companion animals, or risk letting activists cast our business in a negative light.

5 Effective Habits of Successful Small-Business Owners

Pet retailers can improve their productivity and profitability by taking up these five effective habits shared by many successful small-business owners.

Surveying the Battlefield

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.

Sweet Dreams

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.

Global Growth

The 2015 edition of Global Pet Expo was a record-breaking event, according to a number of key metrics.

Back It with Facts

When retailers engage their local legislators and regulators, it is best that they do so armed with data about their businesses.

Answering the Tough Questions

Prominent industry executives share their perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges facing pet specialty retailers today and in the future.

Jumping Hurdles

Five pet specialty retailers explain the challenges of running independent retail operations in today's marketplace.
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