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Apr 14, 2022 9:56:00 AM

4 Reasons You Should Attend PFEXPO 2022 (Number 3 is Our Favorite)

Last September, after what felt like forever apart, retailers, vendors, and PFX team members reconnected at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, for PFEXPO East. Two jam-packed days where our industry comes together to deepen connections, take advantage of incredible deals, and, most importantly...have fun! 

Apr 8, 2022 12:12:24 AM

Pet Food Experts Announces Two Major Distribution Center

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — February 21, 2022 — Pet Food Experts announced today the retirement of James Bettencourt, Chief Operating Officer, after over four decades of devoted service effective this month. Effective immediately, William May has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. The announcement of Mr. Bettencourt’s retirement honors his impressive career with the company and remarkable leadership to Pet Food Experts. He first joined the Baker enterprise in 1974 as a clerk, working under his father George Bettencourt at Rumford Aquarium.

Apr 8, 2022 12:10:43 AM

New to Pet Food Experts: Beg & Barker!

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — February 21, 2022 — Pet Food Experts announced today the retirement of James Bettencourt, Chief Operating Officer, after over four decades of devoted service effective this month. Effective immediately, William May has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. The announcement of Mr. Bettencourt’s retirement honors his impressive career with the company and remarkable leadership to Pet Food Experts. He first joined the Baker enterprise in 1974 as a clerk, working under his father George Bettencourt at Rumford Aquarium.

Apr 8, 2022 12:09:15 AM

Pet Food Experts Hires New VP to Lead Supply Chain Operation

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — February 21, 2022 — Pet Food Experts announced today the retirement of James Bettencourt, Chief Operating Officer, after over four decades of devoted service effective this month. Effective immediately, William May has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. The announcement of Mr. Bettencourt’s retirement honors his impressive career with the company and remarkable leadership to Pet Food Experts. He first joined the Baker enterprise in 1974 as a clerk, working under his father George Bettencourt at Rumford Aquarium.

Apr 8, 2022 12:07:53 AM

Pet Age Names Michael Baker On The Inaugural Power 50 List

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — February 21, 2022 — Pet Food Experts announced today the retirement of James Bettencourt, Chief Operating Officer, after over four decades of devoted service effective this month. Effective immediately, William May has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. The announcement of Mr. Bettencourt’s retirement honors his impressive career with the company and remarkable leadership to Pet Food Experts. He first joined the Baker enterprise in 1974 as a clerk, working under his father George Bettencourt at Rumford Aquarium.

Apr 6, 2022 6:14:47 AM

James Bettencourt Retiring as Chief Operating Officer

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — February 21, 2022 — Pet Food Experts announced today the retirement of James Bettencourt, Chief Operating Officer, after over four decades of devoted service effective this month. Effective immediately, William May has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. The announcement of Mr. Bettencourt’s retirement honors his impressive career with the company and remarkable leadership to Pet Food Experts. He first joined the Baker enterprise in 1974 as a clerk, working under his father George Bettencourt at Rumford Aquarium.

Mar 29, 2022 9:03:00 AM

Pet Industry Leaders Join Forces to Support The Pets of Ukraine

PAWTUCKET, RI â€” Pet Food Experts, along with fellow industry leaders Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, American Pet Products Association, Pets Around the World, Matrix Partners, Animal Supply Company, Central Garden & Pet, and Southeast Pet, has partnered with Greater Good Charities to support the Save Pets of Ukraine initiative spearheaded by Kormotech, the largest pet food manufacturer in Ukraine. The emergency initiative provides pet food and critical supplies to Ukrainian animal welfare organizations and pet parents devastated by the Russian invasion beginning February 24, 2022.

Mar 8, 2022 9:28:00 AM

Pet Food Experts Accelerates Growth With Investment From Dot Family Holdings

Dot Family Holdings Joins Pet Food Experts in Igniting the Future of Pet Specialty Distribution

PAWTUCKET, RI — Pet Food Experts (PFX), a leading distributor of pet food and supplies, announced today an investment from Dot Family Holdings (DFH), the investment office of the Tracy Family, owners, and operators of Dot Foods, Inc., the largest human food industry redistributor in North America. 

Feb 21, 2022 9:33:00 AM

James Bettencourt Retiring as Chief Operating Officer of Pet Food Experts; William May to Become COO

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — February 21, 2022 — Pet Food Experts announced today the retirement of James Bettencourt, Chief Operating Officer, after over four decades of devoted service effective this month. Effective immediately, William May has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Feb 9, 2022 9:36:00 AM

New to Pet Food Experts: Beg & Barker

There is one thing all pet parents know is true; our pets love receiving a good treat. For pet owners, switching up treats and chews is a fun opportunity to spice up the life of their four-legged friends, which is why it is no surprise that pet treats are one of the highest-grossing product categories in the pet space. At Pet Food Experts, our carefully curated brand portfolio offers pet specialty retailers and the communities they serve trusted brands and high-quality products that keep consumers happy and their pet's tails wagging.

Jan 31, 2022 9:51:00 AM

Pet Food Experts Announces Two Major Distribution Center Expansions

TACOMA, WA/DENVER CO – Pet Food Experts announced today the expansion of two new distribution centers in Washington and Colorado over the next two months to support the growing demand for natural pet food and supplies. The expansion allows Pet Food Experts to better serve the pet specialty businesses of the Pacific Northwest and Mountain Region.

Jan 5, 2022 9:40:00 AM

2021: A Look At Trends in the Pet Industry

Across industries, the past two years were marked by rapid growth and transformation, even in the face of global supply chain challenges and widespread staffing shortages. The pet industry is not excluded from these challenges or tremendous growth. According to the APPA, an estimated $109.6 billion will have been spent on pets in the U.S. in 2021.

Nov 2, 2021 9:02:00 AM

Pet Age Names Michael Baker On The Inaugural Power List

Over time we've seen the pet industry transform and grow into what it is today. It is crucial to have leaders we can count on through all this change, especially when our world is thrown into chaos by a global pandemic. This year, Pet Age Magazine has launched the Power 50 List to recognize and highlight our industry's incredible leaders and influencers.

Jul 20, 2021 9:06:00 AM

Pet Food Experts Hires New VP to Lead Supply Chain Operations

William May joins Pet Food Experts as Vice President of Supply Chain Operations

May 7, 2021 9:20:00 AM

The Top Three Distributors Join Forces to Accelerate Sustainability

It's no secret that the challenges our world faces today are too big for any individual or individual organization to tackle. The Pet Sustainability Coalition is helping pet industry organizations and individuals turn their collective motivation and shared vision into action. As purpose-driven leaders, working together is the only way to make a real difference and tackle systemic change. In a short amount of time, the coalition has made a profound impact in helping to shape and activate sustainability efforts across this great industry. We’re pleased to announce this collaborative commitment and invite others to help drive further transformation.

Apr 22, 2021 9:28:00 AM

Every Day is Earth Day for these Pet Sustainability Accredited Brands

On this 51st Earth Day, four Pet Sustainability Accredited brands are taking extra steps in celebration and action to advance their communities' wellbeing. While we're of the mindset that Earth Day is every day, this annual holiday prompts us all to take an extra step to protect and preserve this beautiful planet we all call home. Our amazing planet not only provides a bountiful place for our families to work and play, but it also generously provides the natural resources needed to successfully run our businesses.

Apr 6, 2021 9:29:00 AM

Findings from the First Round of Flex Forward Recyclability Testing

At the Global Pet Expo in March of 2020, the Pet Sustainability Coalition, Earth Animal, and Pet Food Experts announced a unique Flex Forward Pilot Program. Since August 2020, retailers from across the nation have been working toward a collective mission to gather 5,000 pounds of pet food packaging in an effort to identify sustainable alternatives to the packaging disposed of in landfills.

Mar 31, 2021 9:39:00 AM

Key Takeaways from 2021 Global Pet Expo Digital Access

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about our way of life. Undoubtedly one of the most significant changes is the way in which we gather. As a result, we have seen many of our treasured industry shows, including PFEXPO, either canceled, postponed, or testing virtual formats to keep attendees, exhibitors, and workers safe. If you attended Global Pet Expo 2020 just weeks before the world shut down, then you can remember the feeling of impending change. Empty booths, quiet whispers, and the questioning looks when you saw someone sporting a mask as they walked through the aisles. We didn't know at the time, but everything was about to change.

Mar 9, 2021 9:41:00 AM

Unpacking Pet Sustainability Coalition's UnPacked21

Over the past year, we’ve seen nearly every industry event pivot to a virtual platform. I’ve had the pleasure of attending several virtual conferences and recently participated in the first-ever Pet Sustainability Coalition’s UnPacked21 event. UnPacked brought together over 400 attendees, including sustainable packaging experts and suppliers, as well as pet industry brands, manufacturers, and retailers, to shed light on one of our industry’s largest issues.

Nov 13, 2020 9:49:00 AM

Tips and Tricks to Gain and Maintain Customers In A Competitive Market

Local neighborhood pet stores have accounted for approximately 4-5% of the estimated $38 billion dollars spent on pet food and treat sales sold so far in the U.S. in 2020. However small that might seem, independent pet stores still represent the best source for information, premium products, and services for consumers and their pets. One of the biggest challenges in growing independent pet’s share of the industry pie is customer acquisition. Meaning, how many customers businesses are able to gain and maintain walking through their doors, or shopping online with them on a regular and prolonged basis.

Jul 20, 2020 9:04:00 AM

Flex Forward, Helping Solve The Problem With Pet Food Packaging

"Multi-laminate packaging" its a term you may or may not be familiar with, yet it is a very big part of your life. This term can be used to describe most if not nearly all of the packaging we see on pet store shelves. Although this packaging looks sleek, is eye catching on the shelf, and better protects product from being damaged during shipping, it is also much more difficult to recycle. So, what exactly is multi-laminate packaging? And how do we deal with its negative impact on the environment? Well, it just so happens that there is a new pilot program, finally rolling out in early August that aims to help consumers (and pet stores!) make a big impact when concerned with the issue of recycling in the pet industry. Let's take a look at what to expect!

May 18, 2020 9:02:00 AM

What Retailers Need To Know To Up Their Recycling Game

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s the mantra we’ve all heard, and while the first two are words in the mantra may be easy to understand, recycling just feels…gosh... so much more complicated. What can be recycled, and what cannot? And if not, why the heck not? We’ve seen headlines that China is rejecting recycling from around the world, that municipalities are cutting can we still recycle? Is it just wishful thinking if we do, or are we really making a difference? And since COVID-19 has basically infiltrated every single snapshot of our lives today, how has it impacted recycling?

Mar 21, 2020 9:08:00 AM

Now is the Time to Take the Leap Into Online Sales with eTailPet

As the local neighborhood pet store, you know that the pet parents in your community count on you for all of their pet’s needs. With the recent surge in pet food buying, it is more vital than ever to give your faithful customers the opportunity to support your business both in store and digitally, if they so choose. Having a solid e-commerce option to give customers an omni-channel buying experience increases the chances they will choose to shop with you over big box stores and online retail giants. It also opens up the door for curbside pick-up and local delivery options as your community and communities everywhere navigate through the coming weeks.

Jan 2, 2020 9:13:00 AM

Pet Industry Trends for 2020: What's New in the New Year

2019 has come to an end, it’s time now to look ahead to the new pet industry trends and opportunities that will be brought by the new year. Since 1994, American pet spending has continued to rise every single year – even during the 2007-2009 recession – reaching an estimated $72.13 billion in 2018 and is now projected to hit almost $100 billion by the end of the decade. which is, well... now. This continued increase in industry growth means an increase in opportunity for your pet business to grow as well. It also means lot more new innovation and more competition to keep customers happy and shopping with you all year long.

Nov 21, 2019 9:28:00 AM

Meet Lydia, Our Voice Activated Picking Solution

At Pet Food Experts, we are always focused on ways to improve our services for our vendors and customers. One way that we do this is by keeping up with the latest trends and technologies in warehousing and distribution of goods. Our goal is always to make the order and delivery process as seamless and stress-free as possible not only for our customers but also for our internal teams. That’s why in the summer of 2018, we invested in the Lydia voice-activated picking solution. This ground-breaking software helps us streamline our process and increase efficiency in our distribution centers across the country. It took our team months of strategic planning, strong teamwork, and rigorous training to get things just right, but the rewards for both our operations teams and independent pet retail partners have been worth the wait.

Nov 17, 2019 9:35:00 AM

The Ultimate Guide to Store Layouts for Your Pet Retail Business

You may not realize it, but the cleanliness and organization of your store are not the only important things when it comes to the physical state of your store. Layout and design of your retail space plays an crucial role in your customer’s journey especially with first time customers. The  ultimate goal of a store layout is to guide the customer through the store and expose them to new products. You can use store layout design to influence the buying behaviors of your customers. There are some things in your retail space that cannot be easily moved like doors and registers. So, it's important that you choose the right layout for your store. 

Nov 11, 2019 9:31:00 AM

Grain-Free Diets and DCM: Some Truths Behind the Hype

Original Post by: NorthPoint Pets & Company

A few months have passed since the FDA released a report about a potential relationship between grain-free pet foods and Dilated Cardiomyopathy or, DCM. We've all had customers walk through the door with concerns, some even have those same concerns shared with their veterinarian. However, very little research and data are available surrounding this potential relationship, and some within the industry have failed to recognize a greater problem. DCM is just one of many concerns pet owners have to face, along with cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and allergies just to name a few. The reality is that hyper-focusing on avoiding any one of these can increase the risk for the others. 

Oct 7, 2019 9:44:00 AM

6 Holiday Promotion Ideas to Drive Sales to Your Pet Business

It's here, the sprint toward the end of the year! That's right, believe it or not, the holiday season is nearly upon us and it is time to start planning. This holiday season, 94.2% of consumers are set to purchase a gift for their pet. This is a huge selling opportunity for an independent pet retailer like yourself. Besides stocking up on inventory and creating attractive displays, there’s another tactic you can use to attract customers during the holidays and throughout the year. Promotions. Should be easy enough right? Fortunately, everybody loves a sale, and this super simple idea appeals to new customers while also rewarding loyal ones. All you need to do is get creative with your promotions and help create a seasonal customer experience that will draw them into your store during these peak retail shopping months.

Sep 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Probiotics vs Prebiotics and How They Impact A Pet's Gut

Original Post by: inClover Research

In both the human world and the pet world, probiotics and now prebiotics are all the rage. We hear talk about probiotic and prebiotic foods and supplements that will help keep our pets' digestive health in peak condition. When working in pet retail, pet parents will come to you looking for a solution when their pet has an upset tummy. It is in the best interest of you and the pet parents you serve to provide them with a solution that will continuously support the gut health of their pets and not just provide them with a quick fix. 

Sep 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

How Uncovering Your "Why" Can Help Your Pet Business Succeed

Providing pet parents with the products and services they need to make sure that they come back for more will always be one of your main goals as an independent pet retailer. It’s easy to learn about your customers by asking them questions while they are in your store; however, we often forget that to build a truly valuable relationship it has to go both ways. In order to make lasting connections with your customers and your community, you need to prove your value. Sharing the story behind your business, not only the what and the how you do it, but more importantly the why you do what you do, and most importantly why pet parents should shop with you over your competition is the value proposition you need to succeed.

Aug 29, 2019 9:05:00 AM

Creating Merchandising Magic in Your Pet Retail Store

It is no secret that creating a memorable in-store experience is one of the biggest ways independent pet retailers can compete with big-box stores and boost their sales.Several factors contribute to a customer’s experience in your store such as interactions with knowledgeable staff, engaging events, and an inviting store layout. The look and design of your store is one of the things that will make a lasting impression on customers both old and new. Taking a strategic approach to merchandising your store will not only improve the customer journey but ultimately boost your bottom line.

Aug 15, 2019 9:08:00 AM

The Pet Retailers Quick Start Guide to Instagram Marketing

Instagram is no longer just a social media platform for personal use, in fact, there are more than 25 million business profiles on Instagram. For businesses, Instagram can be an excellent tool to help humanize your brand, engage with customers, showcase products and services, and most importantly boost sales! As the fastest-growing social media platform, it is more important than ever that small businesses have a presence on Instagram. As a busy pet retailer, it may be overwhelming to try and figure out how to use all of Instagram's features to your advantage but our quick start guide can help you get a jump on it. 

Aug 2, 2019 9:13:00 AM

Reasons to Start Blogging & 10 Quick Topics for Pet Retailers

As a pet store owner, you have a ton of pet-related knowledge. That knowledge (along with your stellar inventory of products) makes a big difference when it comes to attracting and retaining customers but in this growing industry beating your competitors requires more than just excellent customer service. As a small business owner it can sometimes be difficult to find new ways to market your business, connect with customers, and bring them more value. That's where blogging comes in. Blogging is a great and affordable way you can market your business and share your wealth of pet-related knowledge effectively establishing yourself as the local 'pet expert' and connecting directly with your customers.

Jul 3, 2019 9:22:00 AM

Understanding the Meaning of  "Made in the USA" Claims

The term "Made in the USA" has become a label that consumers trust and seek out when searching for the perfect food or treat for their pet. After all, the horror of the 2007 melamine debacle still resonates with pet parents and subsequent pet food recalls remind us that it’s important to know the source and manufacturing of our food sources. A "Made in the USA" stamp on the packaging is one way to alleviate fears of off-shore (and often less standardized) sourcing. But can you trust it? Just because a product says it’s made in the USA, is it? Does it matter? Who decides this? What rules do they follow? As the trusted resource on everything pet you'll need to be ready to answer these questions for pet parents in your community. 

Jun 24, 2019 9:24:00 AM

Train Your Staff to Keep Customers Coming Back for More

In the age of online retail, it is more important than ever to have a reliable customer base. When you have the same consumers repeatedly return to your store for expert advice and products that they can only receive from you and your staff, this creates a bond of respect, trust, and cash flow for your business. The goal is to be continually assisting and educating the customer on their journey with their pet. In terms of pet health, there is always something to be focusing on that you (the local pet expert) have solutions for.

Jun 19, 2019 9:28:00 AM

Eye-Catching Display Ideas to Help Boost Sales in Your Pet Business

When a customer enters your pet retail store their first impression will be based on what strikes them visually. Displays play an important role in nurturing the customer experience in your pet business. Having interesting and eye catching displays will immediately make your store stand out from your competitors. A great display may make a customer stop and take notice of a product they do not typically buy. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to make a display look like more than just products laid out on a table or sitting on some shelves. Oftentimes the simpler the display design idea the greater the impact it will have. 

Jun 5, 2019 9:57:00 AM

5 Ways Online Reviews Drive Customers to Pet Businesses

Original Post by: NextPaw March 4, 2019

Local pet shops face many unique challenges. For one, how do you stand out from the pack of other independent pet retailers in your area? Or even more challenging, how do you get noticed more than big box stores with their big marketing budgets? Getting a pet owner’s attention is the first step to driving more business to your store. The act of enticing customers has become increasingly difficult as consumers choices have drastically multiplied. “The paradox of choice,” states that when people are presented with a wider selection of options, the time that a person takes to make a decision increases rather than decreases.

May 21, 2019 9:30:00 AM

A Comprehensive Guide to Reading Pet Food Labels [Infographic]

As a pet store owner, you’re well aware that there’s no shortage of food options. In fact, every month sees new pet food releases each of them designed to be the healthiest and more palatable than the rest. Where there used to be adult food and puppy/kitten food; now there’s breed specific foods, novelty proteins, vegan, gently cooked, fully cooked, raw, frozen, etc. It’s no wonder your customers are confused about what to feed their pets! Part of that confusion stems from the idea there’s one best food to feed your pet. Of course, there isn’t. There are many brands that can provide pets with top-quality nutrition and variety they need to thrive.

May 8, 2019 9:35:00 AM

Show Your Pride this June by Celebrating Unconditional Love

During the month of June, millions across the globe will gather to celebrate LGBT Pride. Pride parades range in size from 5 million attendees in Sao Paulo, Brazil to only a 100 in Sligo, Ireland. No matter big or small there will be parades and parties held in every major city across the US and even in some small towns during June. The month of June is an opportunity to show your support for the LGBT members of your community whether they are customers or not. By celebrating pride in your business you can let your customers and the community you serve know that you believe in unconditional love for both pets and people everywhere.

Apr 22, 2019 9:43:00 AM

Help Support Sustainability as a Beta Positive Impact Partner

Within the past few years, there has been a major shift in the pet industry towards more sustainable practices. With the fast growing concern for our planet’s welfare, many companies within the pet industry (and beyond) are taking a long hard look at their personal effect on the environment and are beginning to change how they do business. Not only that, but as consumers become more aware of their impact on the planet they are seeking out sustainable brands and products more than ever before. As a retailer, you play a huge role in helping promote sustainability to this growing number of concerned consumers. Today on Earth Day it is the perfect time for you to begin taking steps towards the sustainable future consumers want. 

Apr 12, 2019 9:50:00 AM

Maximize Your Frequent Buyer Programs by Using Astro Loyalty

Creating a unique shopping experience and building customer loyalty is the most surefire way to beat out big box stores and online retail giants. You can offer insights and advice to pet parents that they can't get anywhere else and by doing this you offer a more personalized shopping experiencing. Manufacturer frequent buyer discounts paired with your own rewards program is another great way to improve the customer experience and grow customer retention. Research shows that acquiring new customers can cost 5x more than retaining current customers and by increasing retention by just 5 percent through customer loyalty programs you can boost revenue by 75 percent. Wow!

Mar 28, 2019 9:38:00 AM

Why Global Pet Expo was the 'The One Show to Attend' in 2019

This year's Global Pet Expo marked its 15th year and was the biggest event to date. In fact, with just over 352,300 square feet of exhibiting space,1173 manufacturer booths, 1000 new products, and over 30-plus hours of free educational seminars it has just about everything you need to learn and grow your pet retail business. We did the math, and with a total of 29 hours of showtime and approximately 1173 booths to explore that would give the average person roughly 1 minute and 28 seconds respectively at each booth. That is with no breaks at all. No lunch, no sitting, just one booth to the next. It's almost hard to comprehend!

Feb 28, 2019 9:22:00 AM

Cat Not Using Its Litter Box? Tips for Solving Litter Box Aversion

Litter boxes are a great indication of your cat’s health. The size and frequency of urination and the smell and color of feces can tell you a lot about the health of your pet. Keeping an eye on your litter box can clue you into your cat’s gut health, level of hydration (or level of dehydration) and even show early signs of urinary tract issues. All too often, cats stop using their litter boxes to the confusion and dismay of their human counterparts. They could be urinating in the sink or tub, defecating in the bed sheets, or going to the bathroom anywhere but the litter box.

Feb 13, 2019 9:19:00 AM

Grow Your Pet Retail Business By Offering Services

In the fight to compete with online and big box retailers, one of the strongest tools for the independent pet retailer is offering services. A groomer, daycare, training, self-service wash, or boarding will help increase traffic and widen your customer base. However, just getting them in the door doesn’t mean that they will also shop your shelves. There is some work and selling required. So take the time to get your team on board so you can tackle services in your store.

Jan 30, 2019 9:18:00 AM

Top Pet Industry Trends to Tackle in 2019

If you’re a pet retailer, you know how confusing the world of pet food can be for your customers. Should they buy canned food, dry food, or fresh food? What about grain-free foods? Should they go raw? The list goes on. You have to keep your finger on the pulse of new pet trends so you can stay ahead of the curve and be the “go to” source for your customers. In the ever-expanding area of pet food, it’s never been more important. According to industry publication, PetFood Industry, we’ll continue to see the humanization of pet food in the coming year. Probiotics, PCR, and preventive foods are just some of the crossover trends that have gone from the human market to the pet market.

Jan 17, 2019 9:15:00 AM

National Pet Dental Month is Your Chance to Keep Pets Smiling

One of the biggest threats to a pet's health is dental disease. This common issue among pets can have a very serious impact on their well being. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will develop some form of oral disease by age three. Untreated oral disease can lead to serious conditions such as kidney disease, lung disease, and heart disease. In order to bring awareness to the dental health of our pets, February has been named National Pet Dental Month. Now is your chance to help pet parents improve their pet’s dental health and create good habits for year-round care. 

Jan 3, 2019 9:25:00 AM

Tips for Boosting Sales During National Train Your Dog Month

While it’s not necessary for dogs to perform circus tricks, having good manners is always appreciated. Dogs have to be taught that you don’t want them jumping on people, that the couch isn’t a chew toy, and that sitting in place will earn them praise. Despite what many think, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, whether the dog is 10 weeks old or 10 years old it is never too late to start training. This is why the Association of Professional Dog Trainers dedicates the month of January to educating pet owners on why dog training is important. Now is the time to be prepared for customers looking for all the tools they need to train their four-legged family members.

Dec 27, 2018 9:27:00 AM

Begin 2019 by Making a Resolution for Your Store

The New Year is almost here and as we all settle in for winter, with our own resolutions, why not throw one in for our pets? It’s easy in the pet food industry to forget that fresh is best when it comes to nutrition for ourselves and for our pets. We make resolutions to eat more salads, grab more greens, ditch fast food but what about our companions? Integrating raw foods into dogs and cats’ diets can make a huge difference in their health. Treating the freezer section of your store as an exclusive space, only for those committed to a 100% raw diet is the wrong approach.

Dec 12, 2018 9:56:00 AM

7 Proven Marketing Strategies for Independent Pet Retailers

Not every small business has the resources or marketing budget that bigger companies have. In fact, I find that most pet retailers are not even sure where to start when it comes to building their brand and telling their story. Even if you have a wealth of ideas you might not have the team to help put things into motion. Because of this, marketing can fall by the wayside as you tend to the more important tasks in your store. Maybe the answer to your marketing troubles is thinking smaller. Besides, sometimes it is the simple things in life that have the biggest impact. 

Nov 28, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Healthier Pets and Higher Sales with Alternative Foods

As we all know the pet industry continues to grow with pet parents spending $69.5 billion on their pets in the U.S. just last year. For many people, their pets are like their children and therefore pet parents now more than ever truly care about what they are feeding their animals. Research shows that 55% of American pet owners are concerned about filler ingredients in pet food, such as grains and meat-by-products which often are not found in alternative pet diets. This concern has made a huge impact on the growth of the alternative pet food market. 

Nov 16, 2018 9:53:00 AM

Reducing Your Store's Carbon Footprint with Sustainability

Despite what some may think, sustainability can be much more than recycling and reducing your carbon footprint. In the pet industry, sustainability concerns play a major role in the production of many of our favorite brands. Research has found that cats and dogs make up 25 to 30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the United States each year. With this in mind, more and more members of the pet industry are making the effort to move towards more sustainable practices to protect and ensure the future of our planet.

Nov 8, 2018 9:17:00 AM

Kick Off the Holiday Season on Small Business Saturday

Across the country the frenzy of Black Friday has taken over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. As a small business owner it can often be difficult to compete with big box stores and online retail giants on these days. In response to this, small business owners have joined together to claim a day of their own. Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday there is now Small Business Saturday. The movement has grown into a holiday shopping staple aiming to support small businesses just like you.

Oct 26, 2018 9:34:00 AM

PFX Expands Territory into the Mountain Region

Pet Food Experts is pleased to announce that we have acquired Monarch Pet Products. Monarch Pet Products located in Denver, CO has been servicing independent pet retailers in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming since 2009. This acquisition means we will be gaining over 365 new independent pet retail partners in the Mountain Region and expanding our distribution footprint from 29 states to 32 states.

Oct 18, 2018 9:06:00 AM

Keep Sales Rising As The Temperature Starts Dropping

As the temperatures outside steadily drops and the sun sets earlier in the evening sky it's a sure sign that winter is creeping up on us. Humans are not alone in suffering from the harsh effects of winter; our four-legged friends are also feeling the effects. Make sure your furry friends are safe and warm this winter. From apparel all the way to diet you can find ways to help your customers' pets survive the winter and make your store thrive.

Oct 11, 2018 9:55:00 AM

Why Email Marketing is a No-Brainer for Pet Retailers

Email marketing gets a bad reputation, some even say the practice is a form of antiquated marketing with little return on investment. Well I am here to tell you this just is not true. In actuality, research supports that people do read most of their emails and don't mind them from companies they do business with as long as they are interesting and relevant. In fact, with the proper strategy any business can succeed with email marketing, even pet retailers.

Oct 4, 2018 9:09:00 AM

5 Ways to Observe Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

Halloween isn’t the only thing to celebrate this month! The American Humane Society established the month of October as National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month in 1981. Since then, pet lovers everywhere have celebrated shelter dogs and rescues during this month. Each year, there is an estimated 3-4 million animals in shelters looking for their forever home. Join in the celebration by observing Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month in you store this October.

Sep 26, 2018 9:12:00 AM

Forget What You Know, Flea Season is Every Season

Summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean flea season has ended. There is a common misconception that fleas and ticks are exclusively a seasonal concern; they come out in the warmer weather and die off in the colder seasons. We look forward to that first drop in temperature that signals the pests are heading south for the fall/winter months, but are they? Many aren't aware that the dropping temperatures can make the perfect environment for the flea population to surge.

Sep 21, 2018 9:41:00 AM

What to Consider When Getting Into The CBD Game

It's official, CBD products are here to stay. Google the term “CBD”, and you’ll find that it’s projected to be a $2.1 Billion industry by 2020, an astronomical jump compared to last year's CBD market of around $202 million. When it comes to CBD brands and their products, it can feel like you’re swimming in a sea of options. With so many brands coming out with their own CBD line and making claims about their product being the most effective and the best priced on the market it can feel overwhelming to know exactly what to stock your shelves with.

Sep 18, 2018 9:44:00 AM

Using National Cat Day to Draw in More Customers

This month we can celebrate more than just Halloween we can also celebrate National Cat Day!  National Cat Day is October 29 and is the perfect excuse for spoiling the felines in your life. By now we all are well aware how much people love their pets, but did you know that half of them are proud cat owners? Take this as an opportunity to draw cat owners into your store. 

Sep 14, 2018 9:03:00 AM

Throwing Store Events Customers Are Excited to Check Out

Do you find it difficult to draw in new customers while maintaining a strong connection with your current customers? Now, there are many ways you can build customer loyalty and promote your business, but holding a successful store event is a sure way to show customers you are grateful for their business and engage new customers that stroll in.

Sep 12, 2018 9:47:00 AM

How You Can Create Loyal Customers

Word-of-mouth is an independent retailer’s best friend. One happy customer tells another and now you have two happy customers and so on. Customer advocates help keep your marketing costs down and let you provide better customer service.

Sep 5, 2018 9:50:00 AM

How Pet Stores Can Beat "First Bag Syndrome"

When customers enter your store looking for pet food, they’re often confused. Is limited ingredient best for their precious pet or should they go with one of those pre-packaged frozen raw diets? Some pet lovers ask outright which is the best dog food for their pooch? Others might not let up they are confused unless asked.

Aug 27, 2018 9:48:00 AM

Are You Connecting with Your Digital Shoppers?

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to managing your digital presence. The good news is, you have multiple ways to connect with your customers including social media, reviews, emails, and even online chat functions. The bad news is that you have multiple ways to connect with your customers which means more platforms to pay attention to and learn how to use. 

Aug 16, 2018 9:57:00 AM

5 Revenue Generators that Won't Cost You a Penny

Did you know 80% of your sales come from 20% of your customers? That’s right! So while your competition worries about getting new customers in the door, you can take advantage of the more lucrative opportunities already walking in. Here are five easy strategies you can implement today to strategically sell more to your top 20%. We will call these your "all star customers", the ones who faithfully come back for more. 

Aug 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

4 Ways Supplements Help Improve Pet Health (And Sales Too!)

Let’s face it: despite the high quality food brands you sell at your store, many pets could benefit from supplements. Pets experiencing symptoms like lack of energy, dull coat, upset stomach, bad breath, and even cancer can benefit from the right supplement recommendation. Even better, you have the opportunity for an add-on sale for nearly every customer that walks through your door.

Apr 30, 2018 9:59:00 AM

Start Spring Cleaning Your Pet Store

Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, puppies are prancing! This is a great time of year to take a look around your store with fresh eyes. There are things every store owner or manager can do to improve your customer’s shopping experience and increase sales.

Jul 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Changing Things Up: Benefits of Rotational Feeding

Let's be honest, the monotony of the same old, same old kibble routine doesn’t provide enough of a variety to meet a dogs’ nutritional needs. Enter, the rotational diet. Rotational feeding involves varying the menu on a periodic basis so dogs can broaden their palates and experience a wider range of nutrients and ingredients, giving them a full and balanced diet.