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by Doug Poindexter on Nov 1, 2014
“The busiest shopping day of the year—that post-Thanksgiving frenzy known as Black Friday—is upon us once again, marking the official start of the U.S. holiday shopping season. The final month of the year can represent 20 to 40 percent of a retail business’s annual sales, so pet stores should be doing everything possible to keep their cash registers busy during the holidays. The opportunity is ripe—the National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1-percent increase in holiday…”

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by Nora Caley on Nov 1, 2014
“Made in the USA is still a favorite product feature among consumers, especially among pet owners who equate the phrase with safety. That is good news for retailers that hope to attract and maintain customers who do not mind paying a premium for these items. More good news is that…”
by Stephanie A. Kaplan on Nov 1, 2014
“Enthusiastic but inexperienced young employees make up an important part of the workforce for many independent pet retailers. Helping these new hires move through the learning curve as quickly as possible is fundamental to their success—and to a pet store’s.For high schoolers starting what may be their very first job,…”
by Maria Lange on Oct 1, 2014
“Who would have guessed? Neighborhood pet shops and superstores alike have been installing refrigerators to stock the latest pet pampering craze: Raw and frozen products that bring cat and dog food ever closer to what humans eat.According to GfK’s panel representing 11,000-plus pet retail outlets, growth in refrigerated and frozen…”
by Steve King on Oct 1, 2014
“Consolidation among the ranks of pet product distributors has been going on for more than three decades. Where once local distributors—each with a handful of lines—dotted the map, regional firms grew to dominate the landscape. This first wave of consolidation was driven by economies of scale and the need to…”