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by Mark Kalaygian on Apr 27, 2015
“It is a jungle out there for pet specialty retailers. Facing more—and stronger—competitors than ever before, many pet store owners find themselves locked in a battle to defend and grow their share of the lucrative pet care market. What is at stake is no less than the very survival of their individual businesses, as well as the long-term viability of the pet specialty retail model as we know it.While pet stores have never been insulated…”

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by William F. Kendy on Mar 30, 2015
“Being an independent retailer in the pet industry is not for the faint of heart.Competition for customer dollars has never been more brutal, with local independents, big-box stores, category killers like Walmart, grocery stores and Internet retailers all trying to carve out their slice of the pet pie. It is…”
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…”
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…”