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The successful optimist
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Glass half-empty or half-full? Does it really matter? As it turns out, it does matter how you explain that glass and the world around you. Those who explain things one way are better salespeople, have less depression and are more motivated than those who see things the opposite way. The good news is that if you can recognize your language pattern, you can do something about it and actually change how you respond. It's about a thing called your explanatory style, and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman has conducted more than 600 studies that prove that optimistic explanations get you the good stuff, while pessimistic ones will often end exactly how you predict them to — badly. More

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The integrated marketing mess
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More and more businesses are relying on multiple firms for their marketing needs in this digital age, particularly smaller companies that want a sophisticated plan but don't have the big bucks to hire a huge agency. They may have to look beyond their immediate geography to get their unique needs met, and they're increasingly able to do so as technology continues to shrink the distance between clients and contractors. There is, however, a downside, from which many company leaders are suffering — the integrated marketing mess. More

Retailers 'will invest in technology' as economy improves
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Retailers' investment in IT remains stagnant this year, with the sector planning to spend more on technology as the economic situation improves, according to the latest IT in Retail report of the top 100 companies, surveyed by Martec International. The anticipated growth is due in part to the likelihood of retailers investing in replacement or new technology in the near future. More

WildSideSalmon anounces expansion in New Zealand & USA

FDA approved facilities will produce the NEW line of WildSide treats including Kangaroo, Lamb and Salmon. All the treats are RAW, Grain Free and 100% Natural.

Irving Place Capital agrees to acquire Pet Supplies 'Plus'
BusinessWire via Street Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Irving Place Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, announced today an agreement to acquire Pet Supplies "Plus," the third largest pet specialty retailer in the United States. Irving Place Capital will be investing in partnership with PSP's CEO Harvey Solway, COO Dominic Buccellato and CFO Richard Valade. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010. More

Pets at Home hires Wilkinson buying boss
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Pets at Home has poached Wilkinson's head of buying Peter Pritchard as its new trading director. Pritchard, who joins in January, will replace Catriona Marshall who is leaving the business to "pursue other opportunities and challenges." She has been seen as a key figure in Pets at Home's growth and will leave at the end of December after being with the retailer for seven years. More

Insect virus creeps into North America, shuts down Portage commercial cricket grower
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An obscure virus studied by only a handful of scientists is sending ripples of alarm through this country's zoos and reptile-breeder communities. The virus doesn't hurt reptiles or any other animals. But in Europe, it wiped out a staple of the captive reptile diet. Now it's here. More

Jacksonville, Florida City Council proposes animal care ordinance
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The Jacksonville City Council has proposed an ordinance dealing with a wide range of pet animal issues. The ordinance amends a current city ordinance already in place and covers everything from defining dangerous dogs to spay/neuter requirements to limit laws. From pet owners to pet stores to animal dealers almost all segments of the pet industry are affected by this proposal. The ordinance is set to be discussed at the Aug. 17, 2010 Council meeting. More

Senate reaches bipartisan compromise on pet and human food safety
Sacramento Cat Rescue Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Food safety is serious business and the U.S. Senate has announced that they're working to improve it. Although the House passed a food safety bill last year, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act stalled before making it through the Senate. No firm date for a full Senate vote has been set. More
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