Cover Story

by Melissa Breau on Sep 30, 2012
“The idea of a product having a unique story goes back to a time before there were retail stores. Back then, customers bought new products by visiting whichever family was the local expert and trading their own wares for something new. “You would go into a village and ask where to get some bread and you’d be told, ‘Go see Martha, down by the weeping willow by the stream; you’ve got to get there before…”

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by Seth Mendelson on Sep 1, 2012
“The owners at Pet Club are betting that more and more shoppers will want to feed their pets the same type of ingredients that they are consuming themselves and giving to their other family members. Considering the Mesa, Ariz.-based company’s amazing growth over the last five years, it seems that…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Aug 1, 2012
“There is no arguing that the independent pet specialty channel has fared quite well over the past few years, even as other retail segments have been decimated by a still-lagging economy. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Pet Business, more than 60 percent of pet store owners reported…”
by Jennifer Boncy on Jul 1, 2012
“Pets and kids are a match made in heaven. Advertising agencies and manufacturers certainly know it—and always have—and so have the producers of countless children’s educational programs through the years. Want to sell a box of cereal that neither smells or looks particularly tempting? Put a tiger on the box,…”
by Melissa Breau on Jun 1, 2012
“Pet stores have always faced a unique set of challenges in the aquatics category due to the level of complexity, evolving technology and relatively high price tags involved in this segment of the pet industry. However, aquatics retailers have faced new obstacles in recent years as a weak economy has…”