Poll Archives

How do you get the most from your supply chain?

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  1. Exclusively buying direct from manufacturers (26.7%)
  2. Utilizing as few distributors as possible (40.0%)
  3. Utilizing as many distributors as possible (33.3%)

How has your retail business performed over the first half of 2014?

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  1. sales were up 5% or more (41.4%)
  2. sales were up less than 5% (20.7%)
  3. sales were flat (24.1%)
  4. sales were down less than 5% (3.4%)
  5. sales were down more than 5% (10.3%)

Which area holds the most potential for growing a pet store’s bottom line?

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  1. natural/eco-friendly products (14.3%)
  2. made-in-the-usa products (47.6%)
  3. grooming services (14.3%)
  4. boarding/pet sitting services (14.3%)
  5. supplements (0.0%)
  6. raw food/treats (9.5%)
  7. private-label products (0.0%)

What is the key to attracting and retaining high-quality staff?

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  1. High Pay Rates (39.3%)
  2. Empowering Staff to Make Decisions (17.9%)
  3. Creating a Family Atmosphere (28.6%)
  4. Good Fringe Benefits (7.1%)
  5. Promoting from Within (7.1%)

What will the pet retail landscape look like in 2020?

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  1. The industry will remain a diverse collection of retailers (39.1%)
  2. The market will be completely dominated by big-box specialty retailers (13.0%)
  3. Mass and grocery stores will overtake specialty retailers (4.3%)
  4. Online retailers will make brick-and-mortar stores obsolete (8.7%)
  5. Independent pet specialty stores/chains will grow more prominent (34.8%)