September 2018

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Making the Holidays a Hit

To make the most of the opportunities that come with the holiday season, retailers must build the right selection of fun holiday-themed and giftable products, and have their merchandising and marketing strategies in place early.

Holiday Hustle

How stores are preparing displays for the holiday season.

The Rise of Pet Food Toppers

With their great taste, high palatability and nutritional benefits, pet parents and their finicky masters are saying “bon appétit!” to pet food toppers.

The Icing on the Cake?

Baked and gourmet treats appeal to consumers’ desire to give their pets something fun and indulgent.

First-Rate Rawhide

These tough and tasty chews keep dogs occupied and their teeth clean.

True Partners

Pet industry distributors’ growth is inextricably tied to independent retailers’ success.

A Unique Twist on Dog Chews

Glenn A. Novotny, vice president of sales and marketing at Emerald Pet Products, discusses the company’s approach to innovating the dog chew category.

Engaging Customers

Connecting with shoppers can be a great way to ensure they continue visiting your store.

Herp Hype

PIJAC is sponsoring a symposium to promote continued conversation within the herptile community.

Groom With Love

Carmen Slaven, product marketing manager for ConairPRO Pet, discusses the latest innovations from one of the most familiar and trusted brands in the home grooming category.

Not Yesterday's Bowls

With pet owners paying more attention to their dog’s eating habits, bowls and feeding systems are evolving to include sophisticated and attractive options that are changing the category.

Protecting Pups From the Elements

New winter products are making it easier for pet parents to have snow-covered fun without risking their dog’s safety.

Whole Body Wellness

Pet health is a major concern, and the more retailers understand what pet parents are looking for, the more products they will sell.

Think Outside the Box

The litter box category is home to innovative solutions that make cleaning up after cats more convenient.

Healthy Habitats

This collection of habitats offers a variety of features designed to keep small animals happy and safe, while making it easier than ever for pet owners to care for their critters.

Playtime for Parrots

Toys and mental stimulation are imperative to ensuring the neurological health of pet parrots.

Holiday Herptiles

With the holidays approaching, retailers should figure out the best method for marketing kits to potential shoppers.

Festive Fish

Decorating and merchandising your store properly during the holiday season will lead to greater sales.

The Wholesome Approach to Rawhide

Steve Duensing, owner of Wholesome Hide, Inc., discusses how his company continues to prove that rawhide products can be a healthy, delicious way to satisfy a dog’s natural urge to chew.
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