Publisher's Perspective

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 source in China. Better yet, I could simply ignore the entire issue.But as a journalist, I would not be doing my job, which is to…”

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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…”
by Seth Mendelson on Mar 1, 2014
“   Seth Mendelson Group Publisher Group Editorial Director     Two years ago, at an awards breakfast at Global Pet Expo, a retailer spoke about how suppliers had to level the playing field for all merchants and Internet retailers. He painted a pretty bleak picture for small and independent retailers, saying that…”