Publisher's Perspective

by Seth Mendelson on Mar 1, 2015
“What does J. M. Smucker, a company known for its peanut butter, jelly and coffee, want with a pet food and treat company?The answer, of course, is more sales and profits from a category that, by nearly all accounts, is growing by leaps and bounds, with no end in sight. Smucker announced in early February that it is purchasing Big Heart Pet Brands, the manufacturer of such well-known products as Milk-Bone, Kibbles ‘n Bits and…”

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by Seth Mendelson on Feb 1, 2015
“What makes a business magazine worthwhile to its readership?It is a question we ask ourselves at Pet Business virtually everyday. In fact, we spend a lot of time talking to retailers, suppliers and distributors trying to get their take on what they need from our publication in order to get…”
by Seth Mendelson on Dec 29, 2014
“There was quite a bit of noise in the business media when Sears announced its latest financial results in early December. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based company announced that it lost $548 million on about $7.2 billion in revenue during the most recent quarter. Those figures continue a steady trend of…”
by Seth Mendelson on Dec 1, 2014
“How do you judge the effectiveness of a leader?In the case of an industry organization charged with helping to build sales and relationships between all parties, it is all about how well a job the person has done promoting that organization, its members and the overall industry. Fortunately, the pet…”
by Seth Mendelson on Nov 1, 2014
“Are retailers stocking too many products in their stores? In this time of unparalleled choice, can they minimize inventory—and reduce costs by a boatload—without losing shopper loyalty? Are consumers simply interested in just a few products?Interestingly, a study by a major retail research company finds that consumers are so selective…”