Publisher's Perspective

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 have a short list of options once it is decided that they will no longer sell animals—specifically, dogs—in their stores, but completely going out of…”

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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…”
by Seth Mendelson on Sep 1, 2012
“Watch out world. Here comes Pet Club. That was the feeling one got from talking to the partners of the privately held pet retailer as they discussed their current place in the market and where they expected to be in just a few years. These guys have big plans. And…”
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…”
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…”