Editor's View

by Mark Kalaygian on Jun 30, 2015
“After spending several weeks exploring just about every facet of the Mud Bay retail operation, I came away with one burning question. Can they please open a store in my neighborhood?Of course, there is little chance of that happening anytime soon—if ever—given that I’m on the opposite coast from the 33-store Pacific Northwest chain, which is Pet Business’ 2015 Retailer of Year and the subject of this month’s cover story. Despite a relatively aggressive growth…”

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by Mark Kalaygian on May 28, 2015
“Just about every pet retailer is trying to devise a winning strategy for engaging Millennials, but will doing so require them to move away from the brand equity they have worked so hard to build with shoppers over the years? The answer just might lie in the outcome of the…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Apr 27, 2015
“The pet industry may be on the brink of a new round of consolidation, and this time the result could have dire consequences up and down the supply chain.Of course, this industry is no stranger to mergers and acquisitions. Several years ago, it saw a significant amount of M&A activity…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Mar 30, 2015
“Is Walmart paying its employees better than you are paying yours?For the sake of your business—and your staff—I hope not. Walmart made big news in February when it announced that it would increase the entry-level wages of its store associates to $9 an hour this month and up to $10…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Mar 1, 2015
“Forget how the conversation has been framed up until now—tomorrow’s problems are here today. All too often, when members of the pet industry discuss the challenges facing today’s specialty retailers, the conversation focuses on some undefined period down the road. In this future, say the experts, Baby Boomers will slow…”