Publisher's Perspective

by Seth Mendelson on Sep 1, 2014
“I received an interesting phone call from a supplier who took issue with my August column on sourcing from China. The article talked about how now may be a good time for retailers and suppliers to communicate with each other regarding concerns about the safety of products made in China or with ingredients sourced from China. Frankly, he said, he did not like the fact that his company, which he says is diligent about its…”

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by Seth Mendelson on Jul 31, 2014
“I could take the easy way out and say let the consumer decide whether they want to continue to purchase Chinese-sourced pet foods and treats. That way, I could avoid any conflict of interest with companies that advertise in Pet Business magazine and either source in China or do not…”
by Seth Mendelson on Jul 1, 2014
“The pet industry is not just hot—it is simply on fire. How do I know? In just the last month or so, I have had a number of conversations with manufacturers and venture capitalists all looking for the same thing: a pet manufacturer or two to acquire. A conversation with…”
by Seth Mendelson on Jun 1, 2014
“The stock price of Whole Foods, the much-ballyhooed natural supermarket chain, took a big hit after the company announced that its quarterly sales grew by a measly $300 million to $3.3 billion. Yes, the numbers are right: $300 million and $3.3 billion in just one quarter of the year. Amazingly,…”
by Seth Mendelson on May 1, 2014
“    It seems that a week does not go by without another major retailer heralding some sort of major consolidation of stores and personnel. In just the last few months, for example, such major chains as Toys ‘R Us, Radio Shack and Staples have announced significant retrenchments in the…”