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by Mark Kalaygian on Apr 1, 2014
“For three days in March, Global Pet Expo may have supplanted Disney World as the happiest place on earth, or at least in Orlando, Fla. There was a palpable sense of optimism among attendees and exhibitors alike across the four miles worth of pet product exhibits. The pet industry has enjoyed something of a golden age over the past decade, and indications are that the category’s good fortunes will not be changing anytime soon. This…”

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by Mark Kalaygian on Jan 1, 2014
“       Mark Kalaygian   Editor in Chief     “When you reach the top, keep climbing.” This Buddhist proverb is a great reminder that one should never rest on past success, a sentiment that is apparently shared by the members of the 2014 Pet Business Top 25 Retailers List.…”
“      Mark KalaygianEditor in Chief     Showrooming may have finally met its match: Webrooming. Showrooming, the term used to describe the shopping tactic where consumers visit a brick-and-mortar store for product and prices and then buy it for less online, has definitely caused havoc with many merchants…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Oct 1, 2013
“    Mark Kalaygian     Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear. Much like the rearview mirror in a car, a business owner’s self-reflection can often provide the viewer with a picture that is, at best, skewed. Being too close to a situation that you are…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Aug 1, 2013
“    Mark Kalaygian   Will consolidation among the pet industry’s distributors end up irrevocably harming independent pet stores? As you will read in this month’s cover story, many small mom-and-pop pet retailers are concerned that distributor consolidation could limit their access to the specialty items that help independents stand…”