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by Mark Kalaygian on Nov 1, 2014
“Aquatics-focused, independent pet stores have become the latest endangered species in the aquarium trade, and the at-risk status of these retailers threatens extinction for the aquarium hobby altogether. As you will read in this month’s cover story, pet stores that are heavily involved in the aquatics category today are facing unprecedented challenges, including reduced interest in aquarium keeping among the electronics-obsessed public and ongoing pressure from a U.S. economy that cannot seem to fully escape…”

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by Mark Kalaygian on Oct 1, 2014
“After spending three days at last month’s Total Pet Expo in Chicago, I can’t help but wonder, “Where was everyone else?”It was disheartening to see that the number of exhibitors at the 2014 edition of Total Pet Expo was less than half of what could be found there just five…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Sep 1, 2014
“Suddenly, independent pet retailers are not so afraid of the big box retailers. In fact, as you will read in this month’s cover story, these retailers are starting to stand up to the big chains in the pet industry and are fighting back with innovative merchandising and marketing. This is…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Jul 31, 2014
“Everybody loves a bargain. For some, saving a penny here or there might be a necessity. Others simply enjoy hunting for the best price. However, regardless of their position on the financial spectrum, all shoppers appreciate getting a great deal. Independent pet specialty retailers should keep this in mind when…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Jul 1, 2014
“In today’s increasingly technology-driven world, pet specialty retailers large and small must ask themselves, “Are we doing enough to harness the power of the Internet to grow our business?”Unfortunately, in many cases, the answer is probably no.While just about every modern retailer has at least some token presence on the…”