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Tailored Treating

Laura Taylor, owner of Woofables Bakery, discusses how a customized selection of her company’s gourmet pet treats can help pet specialty retailers stand out from the competition.

Will the Real Independents Please Stand Up?

Significant changes in the pet specialty retail landscape have made it difficult to distinguish which businesses qualify for this designation.

The Solution to Staffing

Many pet specialty retailers are having trouble finding good, hard-working and trustworthy people to help work their stores.

New Hope for Responsible Breeders

When it comes to combating substandard breeders, the new voluntary breeder certification program introduced by Purdue University is a better alternative to pet sale bans.

Partners in Pet Care

Professionals who make their living working with pets should play a valuable role in discussions about animal care legislation and regulation.

The New Product Dilemma

Specialty distributors can be an invaluable resource in helping retailers leverage the high level of product innovation in the pet industry.

A Healthy Advantage

Brad Gruber, chief operating officer at Health Extension Pet Care, discusses how his company’s diverse lineup of nutrition, grooming and training products are a perfect fit for independent pet specialty stores.

Independents Lead

Three executives from successful pet store chains discuss the role that the independent retailers play in brand building, and how ecommerce is affecting the dynamics between retailers and suppliers.

A Winning Approach

The executive team at Pet Supplies Plus has a plan designed to capture the attention of consumers and do all they can to never lose these shoppers once they come into the store.

Honest to Goodness

Lucy Postins, founder and CEO of The Honest Kitchen, discusses how her company is raising the bar in the pet health food category.

A New Breed?

While many Millennial consumers—born approximately between 1980 and 2000—want us to believe that they act totally different than previous generations, there are more and more signs that they do not.

Putting Politics Aside

The very real problem posed by substandard breeders and shelters will never be addressed effectively unless the pet industry and animal-welfare groups can come together for the good of the animals in question.

A Full-Time Staff Brings Big-Time Benefits

Would you be better off with more full-time employees in your aisles?

Shedding Light on Leashes & Collars

Len Horowitz, founder and CEO of 4 Paws Tech, discusses how his company is making dogs “beautiful by day and visible by night.”

On the Cutting Edge of Nutrition

Sara Kuris-Morgan, founder and CEO of Frenchie’s Kitchen, discusses how her company’s human-grade, made-in-the-USA diets meet the demands of today’s discerning pet owners.

Dressed for Success

Erin Breig, director of Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique (A Division of Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc.), provides retailers with valuable advice on how to drive sales in the pet costume category.

A Fruitful Approach

David DeLorenzo, president of Vetscience LLC/Fruitables Pet Food, discusses his company’s approach to developing wholesome treats that effectively address common health issues in pets.

Engaging on Knee-Jerk Legislation

The pet industry’s ability to effectively react to rapid-response legislation that is driven by emerging issues requires vigilance and active engagement on the part of every industry member.

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.

The Brightest Stars

Retailers themselves are the stars that have the most sway with the pet owners who come into their stores—or at least they should be.
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