January 2016

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United We Stand

Next month’s first-ever Pet Industry Leadership Conference will bring together all of the industry’s stakeholders to address the critical issues facing us all.

A Matter of Trust

In protecting the perception of premium and super-premium pet foods in the eyes of consumers, pet specialty retailers shoulder a critical responsibility and gain an unmatched opportunity.

Keeping Felines Fit

As cat parents explore methods of maximizing feline health, retailers must stock shelves with trustworthy products and provide guidance to pet owners.

Keeping It Simple

As more dog owners shy away from complex foods containing unpronounceable ingredients, producers of limited-ingredient diets are keeping it simple, devising natural, recognizable options.

A Treat from Mother Nature

Although there is no single set of industry standards to define natural pet treats, it is clear that many manufacturers are devoted to setting a high bar with their products.

Managing Shelf Space

Independent pet specialty retailers must be relentless in their data-driven pursuit of smarter shelf allocations.

All Hail Kale

Dogs Love Kale is turning the pet treat category on its ear with a lineup of products that harnesses the power of one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on the planet.

Committed to Quality

Mike Thomas, vice president of development for QT Dog, explains how the company has become an important player in the dog treats and chews category while maintaining its position as a leading innovator of pet bowls and feeders.

Crocodile Rock

While the sale of crocodilians in the pet trade is illegal in some places, pet specialty retailers that are not subject to such bans should be aware of the species that make for fantastic pets for capable owners.

Dry Run

Sometimes it is not possible to bathe a pet. However, pet specialty retailers can provide a variety of products to address pets’ between-bath needs.

The Cost of High Prices

Higher-priced pet food could create pushback from consumers who are ready to draw a line in the sand.

Toying with Success

Pet specialty stores are the No. 1 resource for pet owners looking for the perfect collection of toys for their birds.

Toy Talk

There are a wide variety of toys that retailers can recommend for rabbits and guinea pigs to boost sales in the small animal department.

New Leadership, Same Mission

Mike Bober, the new president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, discusses how the organization will continue to address the legislative and regulatory challenges facing the pet industry.

A Better Way to Fly

Neil Werde, managing director of canine development for Worldwise, Inc., explains how the company’s Guaranteed On Board program ensures fewer hassles for traveling pet owners.

Improving the View

Most aquarium décor purchases are dictated by personal aesthetic preferences, but retailers can provide valuable insight into the most appropriate way to decorate a tank.

Oral Care Options

Consumers are seeking oral care products that make it easy to ensure optimum dental health for their pets.

The Next Chapter for Petco

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