Publisher's Perspective

by Seth Mendelson on Jun 1, 2013
“      Seth MendelsonGroup PublisherGroup Editorial Director     No one said being a pet retailer would be an easy job. Rewarding and interesting? Perhaps. But definitely not easy. We have always known that owning a pet store or chain comes with its own special set of challenges, ranging from simple things like having enough money to make payroll and pay the electric bill to more complex issues such as dealing with local government…”

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by Seth Mendelson on Apr 1, 2013
“    Seth MendelsonGroup PublisherGroup Editorial Director     Did we just discover Amazon.com’s Achilles heel? The answer may be yes, and it may stem from the fact that many state governments have had such a tough time balancing their budgets that they are looking under every rock for more…”
“Seth MendelsonGroup PublisherGroup Editorial Director     In editing our cover story this month, I was taken with a section deep in the article that talked about how important it is to find a store manager who has a passion for the job at hand.  Frankly, there is no substitute…”
by Seth Mendelson on Jan 1, 2013
“What do you do when all that you do is no longer allowed?That is a question a lot of pet retailers are asking themselves as they are forced—usually by government regulations or local pressure—to stop selling live animals at their stores. As we discuss in this month’s cover story, retailers…”
by Seth Mendelson on Nov 1, 2012
“Have pet industry trade shows outlived their usefulness?The answer is a definite no. Fresh off of the annual Backer Christmas Show in Rosemont, Ill., last month, I can tell you that if you are not attending at least one pet industry trade show each year—you should probably be going to…”