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by Jennifer Boncy on Apr 1, 2014
“The cash register is central to the day-to-day operations of every retail establishment—and working that cash register has oft been considered the core competency of anyone hired to work in a store. Pet specialty is no different, but as the market grows in sophistication, retailers have wised up to the fact that the heart of the business cannot beat without the right people. These days, storeowners require skilled employees who can do much more than…”

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by Mark Kalaygian on Mar 2, 2014
“    The future certainly looks bright for the pet care industry. After 20 years of consistent growth, pet-related consumer spending continues to trend upward and seems poised to surpass the $70-billion mark by the year 2020. But even as pet industry growth appears a foregone conclusion, a number of…”
by Jennifer Boncy on Feb 1, 2014
“      On average day, pet specialty retailers may have to put out any number of minor fires. But after the last customer has left and the shop doors are closed, storeowners face an array of challenges that are not easily fixed with an email or a mop in…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Jan 1, 2014
“All hail the mighty pet store chain.During a period in which many retailers of all shapes and sizes are struggling to keep their doors open, a perfect storm of economies of scale, the public’s love affair with pets and a well-honed approach to retail has made pet specialty chains a…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Dec 2, 2013
“    It was another banner year for the pet care industry, which was expected  to surpass the $55-billion mark by the end of 2013, according to the American Pet Products Association. While much of this success can, of course, be attributed to pet owners’ continued commitment to caring for…”