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NPIC Improves Consumer Website Features

Andis Names Marketing Product Manager

Personnel Problems: Staffing Continues to be a Headache in the Grooming Industry

A Personal Odyssey

At Odyssey Pets in Dallas, customers are treated to a menagerie of sought-after services and down-to-earth, unassuming courtesy.

The Softening Slide of Sears

Resolved to Be Heard

Retailers should make a New Year's resolution to be more politically engaged in order to protect their bottom line from onerous legislation.

Additions & Subtractions

Natural treat manufacturers see ample opportunity for pet specialty retailers in emphasizing healthful ingredients.

A Dangerous Mantra

Promoting ‘Adopt, Don't Shop' programs is a risky strategy for the pet industry.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

A recent study from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation reveals that 97 percent of doctors believe there are health benefits to owning a pet.

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.

Diving into Décor

No fish tank is complete without appropriate, yet eye-catching, décor-and retailers can serve as inspiration for hobbyists customers with well-appointed display tanks.

A Turnaround for the Big Boxes?

Two of a Kind

Various lifestyle needs of rabbits and guinea pigs give retailers the opportunity to increase sales.

Hyping Oral Hygiene

Having the right oral-care product assortment creatively displayed will go a long way in helping retailers promote the dental hygiene category.

Booming Baby Turtles

The laws on selling baby turtles are clear and specific, and responsible pet retailers need to understand those parameters and how to operate within them.

The Essential Toy Chest

For birds, toys are not only fun and games, they are a key component to living a happy and healthy life.

Replacing a Pal

The Picture of Health

Healthcare products and supplements are often an overlooked category that stores can use to differentiate themselves from larger competitors.

Bringing Solutions Stateside

U.K.-based The Company of Animals is focused on helping dog owners in the U.S.-and around the world-tackle a variety of common pet issues with an innovative lineup of training and behavior products.

PrideBites Offers Retailers Customized Pet Products

Keeping Pets Moving

David Fine, co-owner of Bark n Bag, discusses how the company caters to consumers' travel needs and fashion sense with its eco-friendly approach to pet carrier design.

Meow Parlour Becomes New York's First Permanent Cat Café

Beneful Delivers Dream Dog Park to Arizona Contest Winner

Nature's Logic Hires Midwest Territory Manager

Radio Systems Corp. Names CEO

Oxbow Animal Health Welcomes Quality Operations Specialist

Social Media Spotlight

Bulldog Marketing Adds Strategic Consulting Services

New York City Bans Bunny Sales, Ramps Up Legislation on Dog and Cat Sales

Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy Retire, Making Room for New Magazines

Lincoln Bark Supplies Treats for Reading Assistance Dogs

Pet Attire Styles Patterns from Coastal Pet Receive Makeover

Zoomark Notes Up-Tick in International Exhibitors

Petfood Forum Names Jackson Galaxy 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker

Pricing Innovation

Ethical Products Names Senior VP of Sales

Messy Mutts Marries Fashion and Function for Dog Care Line

U.K. Investors Will Acquire PetSmart for $8.7 Billion

Eight Animal Non-Profits Win Year's Supply of Innovacyn Products

Social Media Spotlight

Long Island Pet Professionals Becomes National Networking Group

Vital Essentials Adds to Sales Team

Wellness Gives Delta Humane Society its Largest Pet Food Donation

AdVet Tackles Pet Hygiene with Grooming Products

Mars Petcare Opens Innovation Center

Petmate Appoints Executive VP of Marketing

Naughty and Nice: Foods Pets Can and Cannot Eat From a Holiday Feast

Animal Supply Company Acquires PETNET

Co-Op Pet Retail Group Plans 15th Anniversary Convention

Kanberra Products Become Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil Certified

PetSafe Social Media Campaign Aims to Donate 12,000 Toys to Shelter Pets

Sentiments Named on Inner City 100 List

Max, Bella Hold Strong as Most Popular Puppy Names

The Grooming Business Fourth Annual Pet Groomer Survey Reveals the Industry's Challenges and Victories

Convertible Display Helps Retailers with Dog Rocks Set Up

Bobbi Panter Updates Natural Line Labels

First, Do No Harm

Six Chicago Animal Organizations Receive Caru Food Donation

Against the Grain

Although grain-free foods and treats have leapt into the mainstream, pet specialty retailers are staying competitive with compelling inventories and customer-focused service.

Advancing a Brand

C.J. Pomerantz, vice president of marketing for Advantek Marketing, Inc., discusses his company's evolving brand identity, as well as its efforts to help the shelter community.

Midterm Election Analysis

PIJAC examines how the 2014 midterm election results may affect the pet specialty industry in the year ahead.

A Breed Apart

The 13th-annual Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards honor the innovative products that are critical to the success of independent pet stores.

Getting Carried Away

Pets are hitting the road more than ever before. Thankfully, the market offers consumers a wide range of pet carriers to meet every need.

Herp Trek: The Next Generation

As more kids take an interest in herp-keeping, it is wise for retailers to tailor their businesses to appeal to children and their parents.

Growing a Retail Brand

Parker's, in Chicago, has evolved from a boutique into an “independent-box store,” meeting the needs of residents in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Stepping Up

No Classroom Left Behind

The success of the Pets in the Classroom program is being measured one child at a time.

Living for Profit

Live and frozen foods can be a major profit center for retailers that choose to devote the time and staff to nurturing this important but delicate department.

Unifying the Pet Industry

Since he became the leader of the American Pet Products Association, Bob Vetere has made it his mission to ensure the continued success of not only the organization's membership, but also the pet industry as a whole.

Natural Chewy Goodness

The market for natural dog chews continues to grow as consumers seek safer products with added benefits.

Herbal Education

Dr. Christine Bessent, DVM, CEO of Herbsmith, Inc., discusses how her holistic veterinary practice and commitment to educating retailers and consumers alike has shaped her company.

Holiday Cheer or Hangover?

Maintain to Sustain

Regular and proper maintenance is the best way to protect valuable grooming tools from wear and tear, and to keep clippers, trimmers and shears in tip-top shape.

Feeding Ferrets

Encouraging ferret owners to buy more than one type of food can have several benefits for ferrets.

Perfecting the Nest

Retailers can offer pet owners the perfect assortment of cage accessories needed to keep pet birds healthy and happy.

West Paw Design Earns B Lab Honor

The Ethical Choice

Jonathan Zelinger, president of Ethical Products, Inc., discusses the newest additions to his company's comprehensive lineup of pet products, as well its efforts to support U.S. veterans.

Growth Potential

Catnip is already a major driver of sales in the cat category-yet with a bit of additional promotion and focus, it still has significant growth potential.
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