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Restoring Confidence

Today's shoppers are approaching the pet food aisle with a healthy dose of skepticism, so pet retailers must go above and beyond to ensure confidence in this important segment of their business.

Designed for Success

Retailers know that differentiation is the key to standing out in an increasingly competitive retail environment; but they often overlook design as one basic way to shine.

Investing in the Future

Without a concerted, wide-scale effort, the pet industry risks losing ground with today's technology-driven kids-and tomorrow's customers.

Going Exclusive

A focus on stocking only products that are unique to the independent pet specialty channel is not necessarily the right choice for all mom-and-pop pet shops.

A Healthy Debate

While health and wellness products clearly represent a great growth opportunity for pet specialty retailers, the jury is still out on the best way to make the most of this burgeoning market.

A Model of Efficiency

Pet stores that can improve their performance in category management, product sourcing and staffing will be able to counteract some of the profit margin erosion that has plagued specialty retailers over the past few years.

What Recovery?

A turbulent year for the economy has raised some serious questions about what we can expect in terms of a post-recession rebound. What does this mean for pet specialty retailers as the calendar flips to 2012?

Diversity in Decline

Even as dog and cat ownership continues to rise, other pet categories are dropping off. What does this mean for the pet industry, and can the trend be reversed?

Guarding the Food Supply

Pet retailers must do everything they can to ensure that the food products they sell are safe or risk putting the lives of pets, and their stores, in jeopardy.

Riding the Next Wave

Pet product marketers must prepare for the inevitable end of the baby-boomer boom by reaching out to emerging consumer demographics.

Natural Progression

The retail pet industry’s trend toward natural and eco-friendly products has quickly gained momentum over the past several years, and pet specialty stores are positioned to profit from this movement.

Fighting for a Share

As mass retailers get more involved with the pet category, the onus is on pet specialty chains to come up with ways to survive and thrive in this increasingly crowded marketplace.

On the Rebound

Whether or not the U.S. economy goes into a full-fledged recovery, next year is sure to present a variety of challenges and opportunities for pet specialty retailers.

The Road to Success

The close relationship between independent pet specialty retailers and their distributor partners has long been–and continues to be–the cornerstone of a healthy pet industry.

License to Thrill

Products connected to highly recognizable personalities, organizations and even cartoon characters can generate excitement and drive profits in the pet store.

Blueprint for Success

If done properly, a store redesign can greatly enhance a pet retailer's brand and ultimately result in increased sales.

Building a Better Shopping Experience

There are nine areas that pet specialty retailers should focus on to give their customers a more convenient, and thus more attractive, shopping experience.

A Portrait of Our Shoppers

A Pet Business survey found that consumers are concerned about the economy and are holding back on non-essential pet purchases. The good news is that the bad times may not last much longer.

Hedging for the Holidays

To ensure a joyful yuletide season, pet specialty retailers will need to do a lot of careful planning, yet stay flexible enough to respond to what may still be an unstable economy.

A New Breed

Pet specialty retailers can cultivate the next generation of pet owners by reaching out to kids inside and outside the store.
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