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8 businesses cashing in on the luxury pet market
CNBC
Few businesses have seen more expansion than the pet business in recent years. As pet owners increasingly treat their cats, dogs and small furry animals like members of the family, sales for luxury pet services, wellness products and apparel are exploding.
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Human food companies muscle in on pet food market
MediaPost Communications
Mergers and acquisitions in the $28 billion U.S. pet food market have dominated the headlines in recent years, especially by companies traditionally known for producing food for humans. "The mature yet thriving outlook for the pet food industry makes a foray into the market a worthwhile venture for just about any food company, especially considering the continued emergence of premium priced and natural and organic pet products that are helping drive sales in many pet retail categories," says David Sprinkle, research director for Rockville, Maryland-based market research publisher Packaged Facts, in a release.
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Global Pet Expo 2015 sets records
Pet Age
Global Pet Expo 2015 experienced record-setting attendance and new product launches during the three-day show. Presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association, the show opened its doors to more than 311,300 net square feet of exhibit space, making it the biggest Global Pet Expo in its 11 years.
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2 strategies grooming salons use to retain customers
Pet Business
There is nothing better for a pet grooming salon owner than having happy customers with happy pets walk out the front door grinning and proud to show off their groomer's handiwork. Nothing, that is, except perhaps having them walk back in for their next appointment. No matter how good a grooming salon is or how well liked its groomers are, once a customer walks out the door, there is no guarantee that he or she will be back.
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How unequal pay issues could affect your business
American Express Open Forum
Take a look at recent headlines when it comes to fair pay in the workforce, and you're likely to see a lot of talk about equal pay between genders. Now the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has even gotten involved. The EEOC recently reviewed the salaries of New York City employees and discovered that the rate of pay for women and minorities was much lower than for white men in similar jobs. The commission is recommending that the city issue $246 million in back pay as a result of these findings.
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Veterinarians vs. the Internet
Lisa Smith-Putnam
It happens every time I get sick. Somewhere between a sore throat and dry eyes, I will dig out my laptop and start checking my symptoms online with one of the hundreds of sites that will diagnose every little pain, cramp and extra pimple. The list of possible conditions varies from rather mundane to insanely catastrophic, depending on the website and the amount of symptoms I input.
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Pet Valu to invest $4 million in Jack’s Pets Conversion
Pet Product News
Thirty-two Jack's Pets stores in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky will convert to Pet Valu stores after the new owner invests in renovations, according to the Dayton Business Journal. Following Pet Valu's acquisition of Jack's Pets, the Canadian company plans to invest up to $4 million to renovate and convert each of the stores to Pet Valu locations, said Scott Brenner, vice president of Midwest Operations for Pet Valu.
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What if you can't afford predictive analytics in your budget?
By Peter Moloney
Twenty years ago, if retailers wanted a marketing piece to look good, they had to go to a professional graphics service to get it typeset and then a printer to get it printed. Now, everybody can do it on a PC. But then again, you can now use purpose-built templates to make your own just-about-anything. For the most part, if you're a retail marketer seeking to take advantage of the data science around predictive analytics, it's just like 20 years ago in typesetting and printing.
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Barkworthies gets a new look
Pet Business
Barkworthies has rebranded its logo, advertising and packaging. The new tagline, "Naturally Healthy, Naturally Happy," that accompanies the logo further reinforces the brand's ideals and commitment to quality. "Barkworthies is an innovative brand with all-natural, healthy products that are deliciously appealing to canines," says Bill Chilian, vice president of marketing at Barkworthies.
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