To make the most of another unconventional holiday season, retailers are as prepared as possible while staying flexible. 

Licensed products can be a powerful sales driver, but only if retailers find the right products to connect with their specific customers. 

In many ways, the EarthWise Pet retail and service chain has been more than 40 years in the making, but its leadership has its sights firmly set on the forces that will shape the future of neighborhood pet stores.

There aren’t many pet retailers who would have guessed that a worldwide pandemic would turn their world upside down and make e-commerce a requirement for staying in business. EarthWise Pet, however, was prepared for the turbulence. 

Trusting individuals to represent your brand in a positive and impactful way is no small task, but with the right business model and the right franchisees, it can exponentially grow your business. This has been EarthWise Pet’s experience, as the pet retail and service brand first started fra…

For the holidays, or for special occasions year-round, retailers should stock useful, fun products for consumers looking to celebrate a special pet or pet lover in their lives. 

The pandemic forced everyone to alter their lifestyles, and now retailers need to think about the lasting effects it’ll have on pet owners’ lives moving forward. 

With a solid understanding of their customer demographics, retailers can make better decisions about everything from merchandising to community engagement.

No two neighborhoods are the same, so retailers must tailor their selections to match the wants and needs of pet owners in their area.

Raw foods and treats are moving more towards the mainstream, but there is still more work to be done if this category is truly going to heat up. 

To be successful with today’s pet parents, manufacturers and retailers need to keep up with consumers’ changing perceptions of what natural pet foods can do. 

Gordon Dumesich, chief growth and marketing officer for Instinct pet foods, discusses how the brand continues to innovate pet nutrition after nearly two decades at the forefront of the raw food movement.

In an increasingly eco-conscious world, pet specialty retailers can more deeply resonate with customers by boosting their sustainable business practices. 

Providing eco-friendly, more sustainable foods and treats to customers may help pet specialty retailers stay relevant in an increasingly eco-concerned world.

Cats and dogs are known for being meat eaters, but pets actually need many of the nutrients found in fruit and vegetables for a healthy, balanced diet.