What can pet stores do when a brand they have invested time and effort into suddenly jumps into a new retail channel or—maybe even worse—aligns itself with an online outlet that offers retail pricing below what most brick-and-mortar establishments pay at wholesale?
Now that we’ve seemingly got the Millennials all figured out—at least when it comes to how they shop for pet products—is it time to shift our focus to the next up-and-coming generation of consumers?
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.
Remember when it was easy to build and sustain a successful pet retail operation? Yeah, neither do I.
Success in the pet specialty channel is not solely the domain of the companies on the Top 25 Retailers list.
Could shoppers’ post-election hangover end up putting a lump of coal in retailers’ stocking this holiday season?
Recent headlines indicate that online competitors are about to become even more dangerous.
Significant changes in the pet specialty retail landscape have made it difficult to distinguish which businesses qualify for this designation.
According to at least one retailer, MAP and MRP policies could pose a danger to the same retailers they are meant to protect.
A bill currently being considered in New York highlights the prominent place that pets have risen to in modern culture.
Would you be better off with more full-time employees in your aisles?
Creating the perfect combination of business model and franchisees is no easy feat.
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.
Is the U.S. on the edge of a catastrophic puppy shortage?
Could the phenomenal growth of regional pet store chains ultimately have a negative impact on the broader pet industry?
What will new private-equity ownership mean for the big-box chain in 2016 and beyond?
There is still plenty of reason for pet retailers to be merry, even if they are experiencing a slow start to holiday sales.
There is a strong list of candidates that could potentially fill the void left by a big-box combination.
Retailers must look beyond high profit margins to ensure that products deliver true health benefits.
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.