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The low costs and high returns of fresh customer service
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You have probably heard the phrase, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," more times than you can count. Apples are natural, healthy and best of all — cheap. If you aren't eating an apple a day to maintain your health, presumably the cost isn't what's keeping you from doing so. For the same amount of money that you would invest in that daily apple to ensure your physical health, you can also fund a strategy that will ensure the health of your frontline customer service operation: "Fresh Customer Service." More

Ken Oh Elected PIJAC Chairman of the Board
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PIJAC (The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) is pleased to announce Ken Oh, Vice President of Sales for Petmate, as its new Board Chairman. Mr. Oh was unanimously elected to the position, which carries a one-year term, at the Feb. 20 Board Meeting. He has served on the PIJAC Board of Directors for the past two years. More

Why the swipe fee 'settlement' is far from settled
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Craig Shearman, the National Retail Federation's VP of Government Affairs PR, writes, "When I first got 'volunteered' to do PR on swipe fees half a dozen years ago, I thought this was a subject for what my old boss on Capitol Hill used to call 'green eye-shaded accountants.' Who could care about a couple of percentage points on a credit or debit card transaction? It turns out credit card swipe fees add up to $30 billion a year and have tripled over the past decade. Retailers have been fighting these fees for years, but a key turning point in that battle is coming in the next couple of months." More

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One pet distributor to another as Phillips acquires Royal
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Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, a distributor based in Easton, Pa., has jumped into the aquatics sector with the acquisition of a competitor, Royal Pet Supplies. Royal's distribution centers in Brentwood, N.Y., and Pompano Beach, Fla., will join Phillips' six-warehouse network. Phillips operates facilities in Easton; Taunton, Mass.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Plant City, Fla.; Clyde, Ohio; and Indianapolis. More

NOAA announces public hearing, grants extention of public comment period on coral
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On Feb. 25, 2013, NOAA published a Notice in the Federal Register extending the time to submit public comments on NOAA's proposal to list 12 coral species as "Endangered" and 54 coral species as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. While PIJAC requested a 90-day extension and a D.C. public hearing, NOAA granted a 30-day extension until April 6, 2013. NOAA also announced that a public hearing will be held on March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at their Silver Spring, Maryland offices. More

Facebook: Is the free ride over for businesses?
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If you use Facebook to spread the word about your brand, you may have seen a drop-off in the number of interactions your posts receive. Business owners, marketers and others are noticing — and they are not happy. Of course, Facebook does offer paid promotions to increase the visibility of your brand. The price for these depends on the number of fans or followers in your network. But without paying, page owners don't seem to get the same exposure to their followers as they used to. More

Dog-friendly travel trends
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A recent survey conducted by showed that roughly a quarter of all leisure travelers own dogs and bring them on their trips. The survey further indicated that more travelers would probably bring their pets with them if not for the inability to find truly dog-friendly accommodations. With such high interest in traveling with pets, hotels and destinations that don't start catering to the needs of both man and man's best friend will miss out on a growing trend. More

Elements of great storytelling
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Storytelling is one of the first ways modern human beings passed down knowledge from generation to generation, and also disseminated knowledge to those beyond their immediate family and clan. Millennia later, storytelling remains a powerful medium that grabs and holds people's attention and effectively transmits information. Not surprisingly, then, it can be a powerful medium for marketers. More

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