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Pet Food Evolution

Dog and cat food are the lifeblood of pet specialty stores, providing them with the repeat customers they need to thrive.

Charting Success

The results of the latest edition of Pet Business’ Annual Pet Specialty Retailer Survey paint the picture of a retail channel that is thriving as consumers continue to seek out the very best care for their animal companions.

The Giving Spree

Taking a look at this year’s gifting trends at both ends of the leash can help pet retailers attract their share of sales during the holiday season.

Truth and Transparency in Organics

Increased consumer interest in tracing food to the source is leading pet food manufacturers to provide detailed information regarding the origins of their ingredients—and they expect pet retailers to follow suit.

Swinging for the Fences

For independent pet specialty retailers, access to the right metrics is the key to making a data-driven play for success.

Need to Gnaw

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

Little Dogs with a Mighty Bark

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

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.

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.

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.

The Future is Now

Technology is no longer limited to the human product domain. High-tech advances have hit the pet world and are changing lives for the better.

A Sunny Forecast From Global Pet Expo

Manufacturers say fervent consumer demand for products that support pet health and improve animals' quality of life are heating up sales.

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.

Five Trends to Watch in 2015

Now that we have the full story about 2014, what can pet specialty retailers expect from the year ahead?

Emerging Opportunities

Pet specialty retailers looking for product trends that will give them a leg up on the competition should pay close attention to several forces shaping the future of pet care.

Savor the Flavor

Pleasing the pet palate is big business, and manufacturers are stepping up with a veritable smorgasbord of new flavors to meet the diverse demands of pet owners.

The Point of Origins

As consumers increasingly look for products that are made and sourced safely, retailers must have a good understanding of which products meet the demands driving the Made in the USA trend.

The Big Chill

Refrigerated and raw products are opening new revenue streams for independent pet stores, but will consumers pull the plug?
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