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May 19, 2009
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How to Work More Like a Start-Up
from Inc.
The first thing you notice when you walk into the Chicago offices of Total Attorneys, which provides software and services to small law firms, is the number of people on their feet. Every morning, the company's 180 employees gather around the office in groups of five to 10. But these meetings, which last for about 15 minutes, are more than mere employee chitchat. They are intended to create what CEO Ed Scanlan calls controlled chaos. More    E-mail article

Why Retailing Will Never Be the Same Again, and What to Do About it
from Forbes
We're all acutely aware that the Internet and the recession are ravaging the newspaper business and raising the possibility of its extinction. But meanwhile a much bigger industry, the $4 trillion U.S. retailing business, is also being radically reshaped by the Web and the economic downturn. It's happening far more subtly, but the ultimate impact will be just as profound, both for retailers and for the manufacturers that sell through them. More    E-mail article

Optimize Marketing Across Multiple Channels
from CIO Today
As contact centers play an important role in the marketing efforts of a company, many struggle to optimize online and offline marketing campaigns across a number of new marketing channels. Aberdeen has published a new study that examines the efforts of Best-in-Class companies. In executing their marketing efforts, companies tend to keep silos of information in separate channel-centric technologies. When combined with distributed marketing efforts, the organization discovers increased challenges to managing multichannel marketing efforts. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: CritterTrail®

CritterTrail® habitats are designed for the health, security and comfort needs of your hamster or gerbil. Innovative features encourage interaction between owners and their pets. CritterTrail® is the only brand with Super Protect™ antimicrobial technology built-in to ensure a cleaner environment. Expandable Fun-nels™ and connectable accessories encourage activity and exercise. More info

Stimulate Your Business
from Entrepreneur
There's $787 billion in the economic stimulus pot, but it can't help you if you don't know how or where to get it. Data on stimulus money is publicly available, but pinpointing what's relevant to your business is a daunting task: $400 billion-plus is being distributed at the local and state levels, and there are more than 89,000 of these agencies around the country. That's where organizations like National Strategies, Inc., Onvia and Business Matchmaking come in. More    E-mail article

Social Media Rises in Pet Pushes
from DMNews
Pet marketers are finding that social media is helping connect owners to pets, pets to owners and pet products to both, in what is expected to be a $45.4 billion industry this year. This year, an estimated $45.4 billion will be spent on pets in the US, up from $43.2 billion in 2008, according to the American Pet Products Association. Those costs include food, supplies and medicine, veterinary care, live animal purchases and grooming and boarding.
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Quarry Capital Acquires Royal Pet Supplies
from Pet Age
Royal Pet Supplies Inc., a wholesale distributor with operations in Brentwood, N.Y., and Pompano Beach, Fla., has been acquired by the private equity firm Quarry Capital Management. "Quarry’s operational and strategic resources and deep experience in the distribution and manufacturing space will enable Royal to improve its cutting-edge, industry-leading programs to maintain the expected high level of customer service for which Royal is known," said Robert Siegel, Royal’s chief executive officer. More    E-mail article

Texas HB 3180 Set for Committee Hearing May 19
from PIJAC
The Texas House of Representatives has passed legislation that would impose broad new restrictions on people breeding and selling pet animals. The Texas legislature is due to adjourn at the start of June, so this bill is on the fast track. Persons concerned about HB 3180 must take immediate action! More    E-mail article

Nestlé Purina’s Goes Green, Gets Press
from The Denver Pets Examiner
At a press conference Nestlé Purina PetCare unveiled a new 467-panel photovoltaic system that will allow the pet food company to manufacture in a more environmentally responsible way. The 100 kilowatt system is the state’s largest privately owned solar array and will provide about 1 percent of the plant’s electricity needs. More    E-mail article

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 36.94   0.00%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 10.05   0.29%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 53.72   0.17%
CLX Clorox Company 55.15   0.27%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 62.19   0.37%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 8.10   0.15%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.89   0.01%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 13.00   0.70%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 25.20   0.33%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 16.38   0.07%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.00   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 17.41   2.02%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 21.43   0.40%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 14.15   0.25%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 50.37   1.20%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 22.68   0.39%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 25.74   0.64%

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