Publisher's Perspective

by Seth Mendelson on Dec 1, 2014
“How do you judge the effectiveness of a leader?In the case of an industry organization charged with helping to build sales and relationships between all parties, it is all about how well a job the person has done promoting that organization, its members and the overall industry. Fortunately, the pet industry has a leader who has done all of the above and much more. As you will read in this issue, Bob Vetere, the president…”

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by Seth Mendelson on Nov 1, 2014
“Are retailers stocking too many products in their stores? In this time of unparalleled choice, can they minimize inventory—and reduce costs by a boatload—without losing shopper loyalty? Are consumers simply interested in just a few products?Interestingly, a study by a major retail research company finds that consumers are so selective…”
by Seth Mendelson on Oct 1, 2014
“The operator of a New Jersey pet shop was arrested in late August on nine counts of animal cruelty, as well as other assorted crimes, according to an article splashed on the front page of the Newark Star-Ledger recently. Government officials claimed that dogs were lying in cages with feces…”
by Seth Mendelson on Sep 1, 2014
“I received an interesting phone call from a supplier who took issue with my August column on sourcing from China. The article talked about how now may be a good time for retailers and suppliers to communicate with each other regarding concerns about the safety of products made in China…”
by Seth Mendelson on Jul 31, 2014
“I could take the easy way out and say let the consumer decide whether they want to continue to purchase Chinese-sourced pet foods and treats. That way, I could avoid any conflict of interest with companies that advertise in Pet Business magazine and either source in China or do not…”