GREENWICH, Conn.–The second annual Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards, which will be presented at the 2013 show, will feature three new categories. The new categories include Best Overall Single-Store Retailer, Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer and Best Overall Animal Specialty Store. Two awards will recognize multi-unit retailers with between two and 10 stores, and 10 or more stores.
“The new categories were added to honor stores that didn’t quite fit into last year’s categories, and we wanted to make sure everyone was considered,” said Andrew Darmohraj, senior vice president of the American Pet Products Association. “There are so many well-deserving retailers across the country, and we look forward to awarding them for their excellence in service and dedication to the pet industry.”
The awards honor outstanding independent pet stores in 10 different categories. Other categories include: Merchandising Excellence, Multi-Service Excellence, Marketing Excellence, Customer Service Excellence, Excellence in Store Design and Community Service.
Nominations will be accepted from manufacturers, retailers, distributors and members of the press until Dec. 21. Submission forms can be found at globlapetexpo.org or petbusiness.com.
Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media will present the winners during the show’s annual breakfast on Feb. 21, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.