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Millennialization and the Pet Industry

With all the talk about Millennials over the past several years, it may seem impossible that pet industry prognosticators could have underestimated the impact that these consumers have had—and will continue to have—on our marketplace.

Building on Your Strengths

Remember when it was easy to build and sustain a successful pet retail operation? Yeah, neither do I.

Excellence at Any Size

Success in the pet specialty channel is not solely the domain of the companies on the Top 25 Retailers list.

The Election Fallout Fallacy

Could shoppers’ post-election hangover end up putting a lump of coal in retailers’ stocking this holiday season?

Next-Level Cyber Warfare

Recent headlines indicate that online competitors are about to become even more dangerous.

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.

Hidden Dangers in Pricing Parity?

According to at least one retailer, MAP and MRP policies could pose a danger to the same retailers they are meant to protect.

Humanization in High Gear

A bill currently being considered in New York highlights the prominent place that pets have risen to in modern culture.

A Full-Time Staff Brings Big-Time Benefits

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

Becoming a Franchise Player

Creating the perfect combination of business model and franchisees is no easy feat.

Pricing Parity Revisited

One of the great things about the pet industry is that it is full of passionate people who are not afraid to offer their two cents on any given subject, regardless of how expected or unexpected their opinion might be.

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?
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