Publisher's Perspective

by Seth Mendelson on Jul 1, 2012
“Which way is the wind blowing now?For the second time in eight months, the economy appears to be at a crucial juncture, one that could determine the fate of the retail pet industry during the vital holiday selling season. Late last year, the economy was at a similar position. Gas prices were heading down­­—below $3 per gallon, in some cases­—and there was talk among economists that the dreaded double-dip recession seemed to have been avoided.…”

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by Seth Mendelson on May 1, 2012
“Think small.That is what more and more retailers are doing in response to changing consumer shopping habits, which are proving that bigger is not always better. Merchants ranging from Walmart and Best Buy to Petco are moving away from their traditional big-box approach to introduce store formats that cut the…”
by Seth Mendelson on Mar 1, 2012
“At the Global Pet Show this month, suppliers need to take a look at their neighbors in the booths right next to them. If many of your neighbors’ products seem too familiar, it may be time to re-evaluate your merchandise mix and come up with a product assortment that is…”
by Seth Mendelson on Dec 31, 2011
“The great debate continues. With more and more manufacturers introducing products that they claim are “natural,” the pet industry is being compelled to determine what exactly constitutes a natural product and how to make shoppers aware of these items and their benefits.This discussion rages as natural products become the buzz…”
by Seth Mendelson on Nov 1, 2011
“Continental Airlines was kind enough to upgrade me to first class a few weeks ago. It gave me the opportunity to sit down next to a leading economist who schooled me on a few things about the retail world as we traveled from one coast to the other. First and…”