Manufacturers say fervent consumer demand for products that support pet health and improve animals' quality of life are heating up sales.
Prominent industry executives share their perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges facing pet specialty retailers today and in the future.
Now that we have the full story about 2014, what can pet specialty retailers expect from the year ahead?
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.
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.
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.
Refrigerated and raw products are opening new revenue streams for independent pet stores, but will consumers pull the plug?
Smart manufacturers and retailers are meeting the fervent demand for gifts for pets and pet lovers alike.
As pet owners increasingly indulge their animal companions during special occasions, specialty retailers have the opportunity to capitalize on the growing market for holiday-related pet food and treats.
Looking closely at sales data and pet-owner attitudes reveals key feline opportunities for pet retailers.
The holiday selling season can be a boon to pet specialty stores, provided that retailers have the right merchandising and marketing plans in place to take advantage of shopper's yuletide cheer.
The growing popularity of pet-centric mobile applications can provide retailers with insight on how to appeal to increasingly technology-focused consumers.
Pet food manufacturers are introducing a steady stream of diets based around a wide range of exotic protein sources, arming retailers with a variety that not only appeals to the preferences of pet owners, but also meets the needs of companion animals.
Drawn by the ongoing strength of the pet care market, private-equity investors are inexorably changing the industry landscape, and providing significant opportunities and challenges to pet specialty retailers along the way.
A look at what is driving the growing demand for pet products that are made in the USA, and how manufacturers and retailers are heeding the call.
Attracting and retaining high-value customers may be easier than most retailers think; but first, those customers have to be identified.
Raw pet food and treats represent a product category in which independent retailers can thrive, provided they take the right approach to building a selection and educating customers.
Insights from GfK's pet-market data reveal that younger consumers measure up well against Baby Boomers when it comes to pet ownership.
By looking at the right data, pet specialty retailers can ensure that they are positioned to catch the next wave of hit products.
Six prominent industry executives discuss the key forces that will shape the future of pet retailing.