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by Mark Kalaygian on Mar 1, 2015
“It is a great time to be in the pet business. Not only are consumers continuing to display an unwavering commitment to providing the best possible care to their beloved companion animals, manufacturers have stepped up with an ever-expanding assortment of innovative products to meet the demands and preferences of these discerning shoppers—all of which added up to an estimated $58.5 billion in U.S. pet industry spending in 2014.However, even as the pet care category…”

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by Lindsey Wojcik on Feb 1, 2015
“For independent pet retailers, the ability to quickly identify and respond to emerging product trends has always provided an edge in competing against mass merchants and big-box retailers. But while in the past, independent retailers could count on having some time to capitalize on these moneymaking trends before seeing them…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Dec 29, 2014
“In the independent pet specialty retail channel, price is often spoken of as almost a non-issue. Seemingly insulated by a product selection that typically has little to no overlap with big-box retailers, which wield low pricing as their main competitive weapon, many pet store owners and operators do not appear…”
“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 their animals…”
by Jennifer Boncy on Nov 1, 2014
“Ambition, drive and, perhaps most importantly, passion are all hallmarks of the entrepreneurial spirit that propels so many pet specialty retailers today—but none more so than those specializing in aquatics. Yet, unfortunately, passion will not pay the bills. Aquatics retailers have been facing a torrent of challenges since the start…”