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Dying in the Lap of Luxury

Is the U.S. on the edge of a catastrophic puppy shortage?

A Widening Gulf

Could the phenomenal growth of regional pet store chains ultimately have a negative impact on the broader pet industry?

The Next Chapter for Petco

What will new private-equity ownership mean for the big-box chain in 2016 and beyond?

Beyond Black Friday

There is still plenty of reason for pet retailers to be merry, even if they are experiencing a slow start to holiday sales.

Who Will Rise if PetSmart and Petco Merge?

There is a strong list of candidates that could potentially fill the void left by a big-box combination.

More Than Marketing

Retailers must look beyond high profit margins to ensure that products deliver true health benefits.

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.

The Mud Bay Experience

After spending several weeks exploring just about every facet of the Mud Bay retail operation, I came away with one burning question. Can they please open a store in my neighborhood?

Identity Crisis

Just about every pet retailer is trying to devise a winning strategy for engaging Millennials, but will doing so require them to move away from the brand equity they have worked so hard to build with shoppers over the years?

Costly Consolidation?

The pet industry may be on the brink of a new round of consolidation, and this time the result could have dire consequences up and down the supply chain.

Spend Money, Sell Better

Is Walmart paying its employees better than you are paying yours? For the sake of your business—and your staff—I hope not.

Meeting Tomorrow's Challenges Today

Baby Boomers will slow their spending on pets, the Internet will become a formidable source of competition, and the product trends that have largely driven pet store success will stop paying big dividends to the retailers that were early adopters.

Killing Them Softly

Are independent brick-and-mortar pet shops being quietly phased out by vendors looking to punch their own ticket on the freight train that is Internet retailing?
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