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Oct. 7, 2008  
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Retailer Strategies for a Slow Economy
from Business Know How
This economy has created both winners and losers. The quickest road to bankruptcy is to sit on your hands, do nothing, and wait for the economy to improve. No matter what industry you work in a "business as usual" mindset will sink your ship. You have to be innovative, stand out, and market your products and services in a new way. More

Canadian Vets Group Bans Pet Cosmetic Surgery
from The Daily Gleaner
New Brunswick veterinarians have voted to ban cosmetic surgery such as tail bobbing, dew claw removal and ear cropping by their members. Association members approved the ban at their recent annual general meeting. It's a move that's raising some concerns among dog breeders in the province. But Dr. Jim Berry of the Douglas Animal Hospital said there's no reason for those procedures. He has long counselled customers against putting their pets through the pain of a procedure recommended by some breed standards set by groups. Dwain McLean is a member of Fredericton Kennel Club, and he's also the Canadian Kennel Club's director for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. "Our club was disappointed that the NBVMA even proposed and then passed such a proposal without consulting breeders," he said. More

Survey: Customers Crave Green Nutrition for Pets
from PRWeb
Green nutrition is now the latest way for pet owners to go green, according to a survey of 640 dog and cat owners across America. Kelton Research conducted the study on behalf of Bell Rock Growers, the pet industry's pioneer supplier of green nutrition products. The survey shows consumers are eager to provide their animal companions with more nutrition options from green foods, such as broccoli, spinach and wheat grass. In doing so, they just might inspire themselves to eat more of what they know is good for them. More

Salmonella Scare Closes Mars Petcare Factory
from News Inferno
Mars Petcare, the company that has recalled salmonella-tainted pet food twice since 2007, is shutting down the Pennsylvania factory that was responsible for the contamination. According to a notice dated Sept. 18 that Mars Petcare sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, some of the Everson, PA plant’s 53 workers will lose their jobs as early as Nov. 12. All employees will be out by Dec. 19. More

DogTime.Com Launches Pet Blog
from The Earth Times
DogTime.com, the largest vertical media network in the pet market, has announced the launch of the DogTime Blog Network, the largest network of pet related blogs. This vertical blog network provides a unique platform for advertisers to efficiently reach the most passionate pet owners; more than 106 pet bloggers have signed up. Hand-picked as the most entertaining, informative and knowledgeable pet blogs, they embody the deep passion and love for pets that is shared by the 8.2 million visitors to the DogTime Media Network of 180 pet related sites. More

Living 80/20: Twenty Percent Work, Eighty Percent Reward
from Entrepreneur’s Journey
The good thing about the 80/20 rule is that you don’t have to understand statistics to be a believer. Yes it has foundations in economics and yes, it was “proven” using statistical analysis by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, but it is not meant to be understood only by economics professors. By the numbers it means that 80 percent of your outcomes come from 20 percent of your inputs. As Pareto demonstrated with his research this “rule” holds true, in a very rough sense, to an 80/20 ratio, however in many cases the ratio can be a lot higher -- 99/1 may be closer to reality. More

Five Tips For Getting Online Shoppers to Buy
from eCommerce Times
More consumers than ever are shopping online, but it doesn't mean they all buy online. Studies show that the Internet influences more than US$3 of in-store sales for every dollar spent online. The Internet has given consumers the ability to make more educated purchases and get better deals, but many consumers still prefer to buy a product at a local store. Therefore, retailers need to develop an online marketing strategy that focus not only on selling customers online but also driving them to their retail store. More


Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 34.56   4.4%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 5.00   1.0%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 62.90   0.1%
CLX Clorox Company 62.23   1.3%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 73.88   1.7%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 6.96   1.9%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.95   0.00%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 23.06   0.7%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 31.82   0.3%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 14.98   0.5%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.40   0.00%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.05   0.00%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 14.29   0.1%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 22.15   1.6%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 18.74   1.1%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 69.23   0.9%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 15.89   1.0%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 1.50   1.3%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 27.67   1.0%

from Forbes.com (Stock quotes published at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, Oct. 7, 2008)





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