September 2016

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Employee Ownership

An employee stock ownership plan is an option that more pet business owners should consider as an employee benefit, or as an alternative to selling to outsiders.

In Safe Hands

After a tragic wakeup call almost 10 years ago, the pet food industry continues to work at regaining and maintaining pet owners’ trust.

A Safe Approach to Raw Foods

Manufacturers continue to work hard at mitigating the risks associated with raw diets while retailers educate consumers about safe-handling practices.

The New Product Dilemma

Specialty distributors can be an invaluable resource in helping retailers leverage the high level of product innovation in the pet industry.

Adding “Pop” to Pet Stores

Jeff Logan, director of marketing for Dexas International, Ltd., discusses how his company has taken its unique brand of innovation from housewares to pet care.

A Healthy Advantage

Brad Gruber, chief operating officer at Health Extension Pet Care, discusses how his company’s diverse lineup of nutrition, grooming and training products are a perfect fit for independent pet specialty stores.

Pampered Pets

Everyone deserves a spa day—even pets. With high-quality, natural products on the shelf, retailers can help owners keep their pets safe, happy and clean.

Better By Design

With a focus on comfort, style and safety, 2 Hounds Design offers a wide range of high-quality, custom-made collars, leashes and harnesses.

Staying Relevant

Pet retailers need to fine tune their product mix and enhance the overall shopping experience to remain competitive in today’s market.

Capturing the Holiday Impulse

This year’s holiday assortments will feature bold colors, fun and functional gifts, and even something to bring to parties.

Heal the Pet, Educate the Parent

Extraordinary innovation is leading first-aid-supply manufacturers to create healing products to maximize comfort and ensure pet health.

Toying With Sales

By accommodating as many budget levels and feline play styles as possible in their product selection, retailers can find success in the cat toy category.

On the Table

Choosing the best grooming table for the job is critical for many reasons, not the least of which is reducing work-related injuries and pain.

The Crested Gecko

Thanks to its charming nature and delightful appearance, the crested gecko is reigning supreme as the industry’s most popular pet lizard.

Flavor of the Month

Pet specialty retailers can drive livestock sales with some ingenuity and a robust schedule of monthly sales.

Ferret Frolic

Pet specialty retailers that offer as large a selection of ferret toys as possible will give ferret owners lots of reasons to make a purchase for their pets.

Boosting Bird Products

Elevating merchandising and marketing strategies can have a direct impact on a retailer’s bottom line.

Organic Growth

While they still represent a relatively small segment of the pet food market, organic food and treats are becoming more popular as consumers pursue healthier diets for themselves.

Rest Assured

Dog beds offer more than a place to snooze; they can calm anxious dogs, keep those with joint issues more comfortable, and serve as a behavior-training tool.
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