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by Seth Mendelson on Oct 1, 2014
“Becoming a larger company is one thing. Managing that expanding company successfully is a completely different issue. For executives at Animal Supply Company, getting a handle on their fast-growing company has become a priority as the Irving, Texas-based distributor expands its territory to much of the country. Animal Supply Company was founded in 1987 and concentrated its initial growth through much of the 1990s on its home turf in the Pacific Northwest. But the company…”

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by Mark Kalaygian on Sep 1, 2014
“PetSmart’s largest investors do not appear very happy. In a recent letter to the company’s board, Jana Partners, which holds a 9.8-percent stake in the big-box pet chain, scolded the company for “years of operational and strategic missteps” and urged “a full review of all strategic alternatives including a sale.”…”
by Lindsey Wojcik on Jul 31, 2014
“The pet industry seems flush with retailers that have mastered the knack of getting customers on the sales floor and keeping their bottom line in the black. However, as the saying goes, no man—or woman—is an island; and the same logic can be applied to pet retailing. After all, behind…”
by Seth Mendelson on Jul 1, 2014
“Officials at Jack’s Pets say it is no coincidence that the chain’s sales started to breakout soon after they changed their name from Jack’s Aquariums & Pets about three years ago. In fact, these executives are quite sure that the minor name change—after all, it was just one word and an…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Jun 1, 2014
“The cat’s out of the bag. The continued success of the pet care market has undeniably caught the attention and imagination of outside investors. As result, the industry is seeing an extraordinary infusion of capital up and down the supply chain. This deluge of funding has, in turn, created a…”