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March 3, 2009
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A Shiny Coat (of Paint)
from Pet Business
We don’t know how deep the economic recession will cut or how long it will last, but one thing is certain: This is no time for pet retailers to hunker down and adopt a bunker mentality. Do that and risk losing the edge that can make your pet store competitive when good economic times return. That’s what retail and pet industry consultants are advising pet retailers. “It’s like the old adage: when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” says Jim Dion, president of Dionco. Inc., a Chicago-based retail-consulting company. Now is the time for pet retailers to get aggressive and try things that can push them ahead of their competitors, and improving your store’s look and the image it projects is a great place to start. More

How Some Companies Are Finding Alternatives to Layoffs
from Fast Company Expert Blog
On the “Using Workplace Flexibility as Part of a Downsizing Strategy” Flex Options teleconference for the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, Fast Company blogger Cali Yost announced that she was going to start a list honoring organizations that used workplace flexibility to manage costs and minimize layoffs. Whether it’s reducing pay and schedules, telecommuting to save real estate costs, adding unpaid vacation days to the calendar, job sharing, having former employees consult on a project-basis or offering sabbaticals/furloughs, there are many creative applications of flexibility as part of a downsizing strategy. More

Small Business Administration Readies Emergency Loans
Small businesses owners struggling to keep up with their bills may see some relief from a new $255 million emergency loan program authorized this week as part of the economic recovery bill. Congress is pushing for the money to start flowing fast: It gave the Small Business Administration just 15 days to issue guidelines for the brand-new program. More

How to Foster Healthy Conflict
from Forbes
If entrepreneurs want to survive this recession (and, with any luck, emerge stronger on other side), what they really need right now is honesty. As Abba Eban, the former Israeli foreign minister, once said, "consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually." More

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FDA Red-Flags Dog Treats with Tainted Peanut Butter
from Pet Age
Recent warnings related to tainted peanut butter and chicken jerky used in some dog food and treats must have left thousands of pet owners with a familiar, sinking feeling in the pits of their stomachs. More than 30 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut paste distributed to at least 70 manufacturers for use in everything from crackers to candies to pet products were recalled as a result of a mid-January salmonella outbreak linked to a Blakely, Ga., processing plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America, according to published reports. At press time, at least 130 products had been pulled from store shelves. More

Some Skeptical of China’s New Food Safety Law
from USA Today
Following recent tainted milk and pet food scandals that damaged the "Made in China" brand worldwide, some Chinese experts and consumers are worried that the country's first food safety law may not be enough to prevent a repeat. The new law, which China's legislature passed Saturday, toughens penalties against makers of tainted food. It also establishes a Cabinet-level food safety commission to improve monitoring, beef up safety standards, and recall substandard products. More

NavStar and Telepet Announce Partnership to Develop Pet Tracking Products, Services
NavStar Technologies, Inc., a GPS navigation company focused on vehicle, asset, and personal tracking, announced today it has signed a Letter of Intent with Telepet USA, Inc. to develop products and services to be sold into the pet market in the US. Telepet is owned by Salco Enterprises, an industry leader in the pet identification market. Salco products are currently sold at 23,000 retail stores and veterinary offices and at More

Dogs Allowed: Creature Comforts at the Work Place
from USA Today
Dog-friendly policies that allow employees to bring well-behaved pets to work are popping up in many offices and, by all accounts, the downsides are minimal. "We always say around here that dogs have never broken anything. People have, but dogs, never," says Jeanine Falcon of Replacements Ltd., the Greensboro, N.C., company that warehouses more than 13 million pieces of china, crystal and silver and ships out thousands of items every day. More

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 36.94   0.00%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 6.86   0.48%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 47.10   1.82%
CLX Clorox Company 47.34   1.26%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 58.14   2.04%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 7.15   0.0%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.16   0.09%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 11.87   0.80%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 22.12   0.66%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 14.03   0.52%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.00   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 13.55   0.23%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 18.75   1.29%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 11.66   0.65%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 46.87   1.30%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 16.47   0.92%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 19.58   1.21%

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