Put Your Best Paw Forward

Time flies when you're having fun. While it seems like it was just weeks ago that the industry assembled en masse in Orlando, Fla., for Global Pet Expo 2013, next year's edition of the show—the industry's largest annual event—is practically right around the corner (the show takes place March 12-14).

As the event's exclusive publishing partner, the staff of Pet Business has already gotten the ball rolling in its preparation for Global Pet Expo 2014. Our first order of business—and one of my favorite features of the show—is the Retailer Excellence Awards, where Pet Business and the organizers of Global Pet Expo honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. I am happy to announce that the nomination ballot for next year's awards program is now available. Nominations may be submitted by retailers, manufacturers, reps and distributors until Jan. 31.

The winners will be determined by a committee made up of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media staff members, as well as a panel of select retailers. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony during the Global Pet Expo annual breakfast.

I invite all of our readers, from every level of the pet industry, to make themselves heard by nominating a deserving retailer in one or more of the following categories (please limit nominations to three categories):

• Best Overall Single-Store Retailer

• Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer (2 to 10 stores)

• Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer (more than 10 stores)

• Best Overall Live-Animal Specialty Store

• Merchandising Excellence

• Multi-Service Excellence

• Marketing Excellence

• Customer Service Excellence

• Excellence in Store Design

• Community Service

Of course, everyone attending Global Pet Expo 2014, whether as an exhibitor or attendee, is invited to join us in honoring the Retailer Excellence Award winners at the breakfast on March 13 at 7:45 a.m. I look forward to seeing you there.


To download a copy of the nomination form, click here.