Pet Industry Briefs
Oct. 12, 2010

Don't succumb to inaction
Forbes
Consumers, entrepreneurs, Federal Reserve members — all are befuddled by this economy. Uncertainty leads to inaction. While the future remains cloudy, businesses still have to plan for it. Consider taking this time to invest in existing customers and get more efficient.More

Crowdsourcing effective advertising
Harvard Business Review The Conversation Blog
It does not take a genius to work out that ads for strollers are likely to be wasted on parents with older children or that you shouldn't put a Starbucks ad in front of someone who doesn't drink coffee. But how can you tell who is really looking at your ad? This week Google publicized various innovations it is bringing to display advertising that are designed to generate a better match between what is displayed and what a web surfer might actually want to buy.More

Why bashing millenials is wrong
Fast Company
Lazy. Entitled. Fickle. Freighted with their own inscrutable agendas. These are the kinds of things people say about cats — and millennials. For today's managers, the generation born after 1980 is a favorite punching bag. It's not hard to see why, given that they're the generation of Lindsay Lohan, Jersey Shore, and flip-flops as appropriate office footwear. But the very same characteristics that are frequently maligned are the very qualities that make millennials awesome employees. The trick, of course, is to know how to exploit them.More

How not to be a 'bosshole'
Entrepreneur
Stanford business professor Robert Sutton has made bullies and jerks his niche. Now Sutton is back with a new book, Good Boss, Bad Boss: How To Be the Best and Learn From the Worst, which uses real-life companies and examples to reveal what makes good bosses tick and bad bosses tick people off. Sutton sat down with Entrepreneur to discuss the book and give stressed-out entrepreneurs a few insights into the elusive art of self-awareness.More

Phillips Feed acquires Super-Dog
Pet Product News
Phillips Feed and Pet Supply of Easton, Penn., reported that it has acquired Super-Dog Pet Food Co. of Leola, Penn., a move that will help the new company to "aggressively support" the independent pet channel. The company will operate under the direction of CEO Blaine Phillips and COO Fred Schober, who was previously head of Super-Dog Pet Food.More

Feel like pet food recalls have gone up? You're right
Oregon Live
Doesn't it seem like you're seeing more pet-food recalls recently? It's not an illusion. Nobody's counted how many reports have come in this year, or compared current statistics to past years', but officials agree that the numbers are trending up. More

Blue Buffalo issues voluntary recall on select dog food products
Pet Product News
Blue Buffalo Inc. has issued a voluntary recall on specific production runs of its Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products due to higher than normal levels of vitamin D.More

Pet sales restricted in El Paso
Cat Channel
The El Paso City Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday of last week that will place certain restrictions on the sale of dogs and cats in El Paso, Texas. The ordinance, introduced in July, originally sought to prohibit the sale of all cats and dogs in an effort to reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters.More

Guide to Virtual Petfood Forum: Innovation
Petfood Industry
What innovations are happening in petfood that could help you continue to drive your business forward? Find out by signing up for Virtual Petfood Forum: Innovation on Oct. 21. You can learn from experts, network with industry peers and leading suppliers from around the world — all for free and without leaving your office or home.More

Walmart rolls out upcycled pet products
Triple Pundit
Not all pets are fortunate enough to poach an old sheepskin rug, so there is demand for dog beds, scratching posts, and kitty litter pans and liners. Now Walmart will sell these supplies, along with other products, starting this month through a partnership with Worldwise. The new retail line will the end result of a closed-loop system that takes waste from Walmart's stores and "upcycles" them into new pet products that retail in Walmart stores' pet departments.More

Zuke's appoints John Hart as new president
Zuke's via Pitch Engine
Zuke's, a leader in performance-driven, all natural pet treats and chews, has announced that it has named John Hart as president, effective immediately. Hart brings over 15 years experience in the pet industry; most recently he served as chief executive officer and chief financial officer for Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc., where he successfully led the company through a transition from family to private equity ownership.More