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“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 as valued members of the family, it would be a mistake to overlook the role that product manufacturers have played in keeping the pet care…”

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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…”
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…”
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…”