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by Mark Kalaygian on Feb 1, 2013
“The toll that the latest Great Recession and lingering post-recession economic malaise has taken on a broad spectrum of retailers is undeniable. Specialty stores, in particular, have felt the effects of tightening consumer pocketbooks over the past five years, as price-focused mass retailers like Walmart have tried to leverage this trend to capture a larger slice of the pie in a variety of product categories.While the pet specialty channel is often considered to be recession-resistant,…”

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by Jennifer Boncy on Jan 1, 2013
“In the span of one average American lifetime—approximately 75 years—the puppy-in-the-window business model has gone from being a beloved Main Street staple to being an oft-scorned and visible reminder of the dark side of puppy sales.That’s not to say that there aren’t successful pet shops out there thriving on puppy…”
“  When discussing the ongoing success of the pet care market, even in the thick of a troubled economic climate, many industry observers are quick to point to the love that pet owners have for their companion animals as the primary driver of this trend—and rightfully so. Pets continue to…”
by David Gill on Nov 1, 2012
“One pet retailer says that he first realized that Amazon.com was a threat to his business when his wife came home about two years ago and said that she saw the perfect television for their newly-remodeled den. “Why didn’t you buy it?” he asked her, knowing that she usually made…”
by Jennifer Boncy on Nov 1, 2012
“Perhaps to the regret of every brick-and-mortar retailer in the country, if not the world, Amazon.com is not going anywhere, anytime soon. The fact is that the giant e-commerce site will only get larger and get involved with more categories, including the various pet segments over the next few years,…”