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Sink or Swim

Retailers and manufacturers in the aquatics segment of the pet industry are rethinking their strategies and adjusting to meet the challenging market forces they face today.

On the Right Track

Actively supporting positive pet-related legislation can be a great way for members of the industry to build a productive relationship with their representatives in government.

Self Examination

Five retail executives discuss the pet industry's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as how these factors are impacting their businesses.

Turning the Tide

Aquatic Experience – Chicago is reeling in aquarist enthusiasts to reinvigorate the fishkeeping sector of the pet industry.

Coalition Building

Members of the pet industry must unify their voices in order to effectively fight against misguided and dangerous government intervention.

The Changing Face of Pet Ownership

The pet industry will have to respond to fundamental changes in consumer demographics in order to maintain success to the year 2020 and beyond.

Flying High

The pet industry is looking better than ever, and several key initiatives are helping to ensure that this remains the case far into the future.

Looking for Leaders

With its State Coordinator program, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council is looking for volunteers to play a crucial role in mobilizing local industry members to fight ill-conceived legislation.

A Narrowing Pipeline

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?

Putting Fish First

Next month's Ornamental Fish Health Symposium will provide professionals from every level of the aquarium trade an opportunity to help improve the level of care provided to ornamental fish.

Investing in Defense

With the creation of its Legislative Defense Fund, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council aims to increase its ability to defend the pet industry against misguided government action.

The Three Ps of Merchandising

For pet retailers, the keys to a successful merchandising strategy are presentation, placement and promotion.

An Independent Spirit

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.

Life on the Web

The pet industry should come together to create the best practices for selling pets over the Internet, before regulations harm the industry.

Learning to Profit

Retailers can and should use a formal, consistent employee-training program to grow their businesses.

Getting a Handle on Healthcare

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.

The Power of One

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.

Restoring Confidence

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.

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.
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