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Cashing in on Celebrity Cats

Many feline Internet stars have become household names; so how has this explosive trend impacted the pet category, and how can retailers use the trend to their advantage?

Industrial Chic

Ruff Life Pet Outfitter’s thoughtfully planned aesthetic is a tasteful nod to Michigan’s industrial history.

High-Tech Fetch

Denny Hamill, CEO of iFetch, explains how the company’s automated ball-tossing toy has grown from a simple idea to a sizeable family business.

Need to Gnaw

Health trends in the human and pet worlds are spurring expansion and innovation in the dog chew category.

From Hip to Healthy

Over the past decade, Chicagoland’s Two Bostons pet store chain has thrived by responding to a changing marketplace and delivering a healthy dose of customer service.

Here Come the Holidays

When should pet retailers start preparing for the highly anticipated holiday selling season, and how can they make this year more lucrative than the last?

Reaching Customers on the Go

In order to build a winning online marketing strategy, pet specialty retailers must understand the growing impact of mobile devices.

Little Dogs with a Mighty Bark

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

Maximizing Impulse Sales

Follow these eight steps to effectively capture revenue-generating impulse sales in your store.

Credit Crisis

Retail pet businesses could pay a high price for not adapting to evolving credit card technology.

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.

Going the Extra Mile

Katie's Pet Depot has thrived in the face of competition from big-box and Internet-based retailers by providing best-in-class services to pet owners in the local community.

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.

Raw Foods, Done Well

Consumers are interested in raw pet food diets, so manufacturers and retailers are expanding their offerings.

6 Takeaways from Global Pet Expo

Several key current and emerging product trends were apparent within aisles of the pet industry's largest annual trade show.

Good Neighbor, Great Retailer

From educating the community about quality natural pet food to promoting animal fire rescue, Natural Pawz has been increasing awareness of the need to protect Houston's furry residents.

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.
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