December 2017

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Celebrating Innovation

Pet Business honors the ground-breaking products that are driving growth in the pet specialty channel with the 16th-annual Industry Recognition Awards.

The Right Way

A growing chain, Petsway has proven its value as a pet retailer through its excellent service and unbridled compassion.

Performance-Enhancing POS

Pet specialty retailers should be sure to take full advantage of the business-boosting features available in today’s leading point-of-sale systems.

Pet Health Is Serious Business

The supplement aisle has become a big profit center as shoppers increasingly turn to pet stores for solutions to common health conditions in dogs and cats.

Traveling in Style and Comfort

Innovations in pet carriers include everything from enhanced safety features to fashionable colors.

Rawhide Rundown

Dogs will salivate over these tasty treats that provide both entertainment and health benefits.

A Bonding Experience

The LADS Pet Supplies open house event fostered valuable industry connections between retailers and their suppliers.

2017 Legislative Year in Review

The pet industry experienced both success and failure in fighting harmful legislation this year while building strong foundations for the future.

The Perfect Partners

A new study conducted by the Pet Industry Distributors Association is revealing what retailers want from their pet product distributors.

Savory Snax

Fabrizio Perez, marketing director at Snif-Snax, discusses the company’s commitment to producing only the highest-quality salmon treats.

Room to Grow

Although many dogs have gone grain-free, there are still pet owners who have not yet jumped on board, giving pet specialty retailers plenty of opportunity to tap into this profitable category.

The Upside of Downsizing

For reasons of ergonomics and precision, groomers should consider the value of adding smaller clippers, trippers and shears to their toolboxes.

Back to Basics

Manufacturers are succeeding in the natural grooming category by taking an innovative approach to simple formulas for comprehensive pet dermatologic health.

Catnip to Please Finicky Felines

Great selection and smart marketing can help retailers take advantage of cats’ recent popularity boost to drive sales in catnip products.

Fine Dining

Carrying a wide selection of high-quality live and frozen foods unmatched in your area can drive sales across your store’s inventory.

Homey Touches

Herptile retailers should be ready and able to help aesthetics-minded customers transform a bare-bones enclosure into an attractive piece of décor.

Playing Favorites

Retailers should offer a wide variety of toys to help bird owners keep their clever pets happy, entertained and well-behaved.

Food Science

Knowing the fundamentals of nutrition can help retailers better understand food labels and evaluate a diet’s suitability for the different life stages of small pets.
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