Attention Exhibitors: Submit Your New Product in the New Products Showcase at Global Pet Expo!

Some of the industry’s most innovative, new products debut every year at Global Pet Expo in the popular New Products Showcase and this year, yours could too! This is also your opportunity to be considered for a coveted Best In Show Award.

New Product Showcase

Buyers and members of the media make a beeline for the New Products Showcase every year looking for the new, innovative and trendy products to hit shelves in 2017. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world.

New products can be submitted in the following categories:

  1. Aquatic
  2. Bird
  3. Boutique
  4. Cat
  5. Dog
  6. Natural Pet
  7. Reptile
  8. Small Animal
  9. Point of Purchase

To submit your product, please visit our website.

Winners will be announced during Global Pet Expo’s New Products Showcase Awards held on March 23, 2017 at 5pm.

Come One, Come All! Attendee Registration is Now Live!

If you’re a buyer, manufacturer rep, manufacturer or member of the media looking to attend the premier industry event, registration is open!

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Exhibitors:
If you are interested in being an exhibitor, you must be a current member of APPA or PIDA. If you’re already a member, visit our website to access the Exhibitor Space Application & Agreement.

Buyers:
Registration is free for all qualified buyers. If you have previously attended Global Pet Expo, login to your account and register yourself and colleagues. For new buyers, fill out and submit the New Buyer Qualification Form.

Manufacturer Reps:
Registration is also free for all qualified manufacturer representatives. Manufacturer Representatives are defined as independent third-party agents or companies who represent two or more manufacturers in a sales capacity. Manufacturer Reps may qualify and register here.

Members of the Press:
Global Pet Expo also provides press badges to qualified media to cover the Show! Registration is now open and you are encouraged to pre-register, as press who attempt to register on-site may be turned away if proper credentials are not verified. To learn more about who qualifies for a press badge, read our press credential qualifications.

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The Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

We’re Now Taking Submissions for the 2017 Retailer Excellence Awards!

Nominations for the Retailer Excellence Awards, designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores, are now being accepted!

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Nominations may be submitted by retailers, manufacturers, reps and distributors.

All ballots must be received by February 10, 2017.

Independent pet stores can be nominated for the following categories:

  1. Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: Recognizes a single-store retailer that excels in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.
  2. Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer (2-10 stores): Recognizes multi-unit retailers with between two and 10 stores that excel in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.
  3. Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer (10 or more stores): Recognizes multi-unit retailers with 10 or more stores that excel in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.
  4. Best Live Animal Retailer Award: This award recognizes a retailer that excels overall in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service. Nominees should also provide a clean, safe and professional environment for customers and employees while demonstrating care, concern and knowledge of companion animals.
  5. Best Merchandising Award: Recognizes a retailer that demonstrates outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.
  6. Multi-Service Excellence Award: Recognizes a retailer that effectively offers a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.
  7. Best Marketing Award:  Honors a retailer that effectively executes sales and promotional techniques to increase sales and customers including the use of advertising, public relations, social media and more.
  8. BestCustomer Service Award: Recognizes a retailer that provides an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.
  9. Best Store Design Award: Honors a retailer that demonstrates excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.
  10. Best Community Service Award: Recognizes a retailer that demonstrates fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.

To nominate a pet store, download the ballot form here. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

The recipients of the Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards will be announced during the Show’s Pet Industry Breakfast held on March 23, 2017 at 8am.

Top 5: Reasons To Be An APPA Member

While Global Pet Expo is certainly a top benefit of joining the American Pet Products Association, there are a number of reasons membership to APPA can be your best business investment.

Here are the top 5:

  1. Grow Your Business

As a trade association, APPA provides a wealth of services and programs designed to meet its members’ business needs. From discount programs for insurance, shipping and public relations, to import/export services and educational seminars on a wide-spectrum of topics, these programs will help you prosper in the ever-growing global pet product market. For a snapshot of all the benefits members have access to, click here.

  1. Global Pet Expo

Global Pet Expo is the premier industry event presented by APPA and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). As the largest pet products trade show in the United States, the Show has the most qualified pet product buyers in attendance, including independent retailers, distributors, and mass-market buyers, representing 76 countries. In order to exhibit, companies must be a member of either APPA or PIDA.

In 2017, Global Pet Expo will take place March 22-24 in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

  1. Market Research

Since 1988, The Association has been publishing the APPA National Pet Owner’s Survey, the industry’s most comprehensive consumer research study of demographics, buying habits and other traits of owners of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles, small animals and equine. Published every other year, the Survey is the premier resource of its kind and APPA members receive a complimentary copy when a new one is published.

Additionally, APPA publishes the National Pet Market Opportunity Study, as well as its most recent APPA Generational Report, both of which are available to members at a discounted rate.

  1. Government & Regulatory Affairs Advocacy

APPA has an established Government and Regulatory Affairs Department whose activities are directed towards the advancement of its members and the pet industry through member cooperation and advocacy. We provide a comprehensive Products & the Law Library online exclusively available to APPA members, which includes summaries of current bills and proposed regulations that could impact your business as well as the industry as a whole. 

  1. Supporting the Industry. Leading the Way.

As the pet industry’s leading association, APPA strives to grow and support the industry in many ways beyond the direct services The Association provides its members. APPA has played a chief role in driving and developing significant programs designed to strengthen the pet industry while demonstrating the joys and benefits of pet ownership.

For more information on becoming an APPA member, visit our website today.

Mark Your Calendars for the Premier Industry Event

Global Pet Expo | March 22-24, 2017 | Orlando, FL

APPA members, in addition to all of your other exclusive member benefits, you have access to the Premier Industry Event, Global Pet Expo! If you’ve never attended the Show, here are a few stunning facts about last year that will make you want to go:

Global Pet Expo is not only the first trade show of the year, but also the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, and we have the numbers to prove it:

Total attendance in 2016 came in at a staggering 15,478 attendees including 6,170 qualified buyers who walked the 320,000 net square-foot Show floor! With 1,087 exhibitors and 3,218 booths sold, our exhibit space grew by nearly 10,000 feet to accommodate the space needed to share over 3,000 new pet product launches – another Show record!

And to make for a truly “global,” Global Pet Expo, 21% of exhibitors and 24% of buyers this year were from countries outside the United States, a clear indication that once again, Global Pet Expo is a key trading opportunity for companies around the world!

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Did we also mention that more than 220 members of the press were there from magazines and bloggers to national media outlets like The TODAY Show, ABCNetwork and Fox & Friends, as well as celebrities like Lisa Vanderpump, Outkast’s Big Boi, Pit Boss Shorty and Christie Rampone? We welcomed some impressive media to the 2016 Show and are looking forward to more great coverage in 2017.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 11.03.13 AMAnd not to #humblebrag, but we got pretty social on social media as well!

Fans took to Twitter over 5,000 times using the official Show hashtag #GlobalPetExpo to talk about what was new and happening on the Show floor. These tweets generated more than 33 million impressions, reaching more than 5.4 million people. All of this social interaction sent #GlobalPetExpo soaring to the top of Twitter’s most tweeted list, earning a spot in the ‘trending topics’ yet again.

If these numbers aren’t enough to get your tail wagging, we don’t know what will.

So, what are you waiting for? Pull out those smart phones, open your email or grab your planners and mark your calendars for the premier industry event, happening March 22-24, 2017. See you in sunny Orlando!

Retailer Excellence Award Winners Announced at Global Pet Expo 2016

Global Pet Expo and Pet Business are proud to announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. The Awards Ceremony took place during the Show’s Pet Industry Breakfast on Thursday March 17, 2016. The Retailer Excellence Awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. The following retailers received designated awards in each of the 10 different categories:

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All Pets Considered of Greensboro, NC
Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: This award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.
http://www.allpetsconsidered.com

TailSpin of Savannah, GA
Best Overall Retailer (2 – 10 stores): This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with less than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.
http://www.tailsspin.com

Natural Pawz of Houston & Austin, TX
Best Overall Retailer (10 or more stores): This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with more than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.
https://naturalpawz.com

Pet Express of Boston, MA
Best Live Animal Retailer: This award recognizes a retailer that excels in sales, promotion, display and knowledge of the dedicated live-animal category.
http://www.petexpressboston.com

Gorge Dog of Hood River, OR
Merchandising Excellence: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.
http://www.gorgedog.com/Gorge_Dog/Home.html

Woof Gang Bakery of Orlando, FL
Multi-Service Excellence: This award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.
http://woofgangbakery.com/locations/

Brookside Barkery & Bath of Kansas City, MO
Marketing Excellence: This award honors effective execution in sales and promotional techniques to increase sales and customers including the use of advertising, public relations, social media and more.
http://barkerybath.com

Blackbird’s Bowl of St. Morris, IL
Customer Service Excellence: This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.
http://www.blackbirdsbowl.com

Healthy Pet Products of Pittsburgh, PA
Store Design Excellence: This award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.
http://www.healthypetproducts.net

Pet Things of Douglasville, GA
Community Service Excellence: This honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.
http://petthingsstore.com

Entries were judged by a committee consisting of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media staff members. For more information about the Show, please visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

Introducing the New Products Showcase Winners from Global Pet Expo 2016

With nearly 1,000 new pet products entered into this year’s New Products Showcase, the buyers in attendance definitely had their work cut out for them in choosing the most innovative, useful, and groundbreaking products for 2016.

Well, the votes are in, and the winners are…..New Product Showcase

AQUATICS 

Best In Show
Jellyfish Cylinder Nano
Jellyfish Art LLC

Second Place
Finding Dory Aquatic Line
Penn-Plax, Inc.

Third Place
Aqueon NeoGlow™ Aquarium Kits
Central Garden & Pet

BIRD

Best In Show
Eco-friendly Birdhouse
Le Sharma Trading, Inc.

 Second Place
Exclusive Happy Beaks Bird Toys
A&E Cage Co., LLC

Third Place
BLOCKS N KNOTS
Sweet Feet & Beak

BOUTIQUE 

Best In Show
PetCakes Holiday Series
PetCakes by Lucky Paws, LLC

Second Place
Dog is My Zen Collection
Dog Is Good

Third Place
The Original Pup for a Charming Boy & Darling Girl
The Lazy Dog Cookie Co., Inc.

CAT 

Best In Show
Bark-N-Cats- Now cats are really barking up the right tree!
Ware Manufacturing

Second Place
Cat Love Woodland Mouse Hunt Interactive Toy
Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Third Place
Vesper Cat Furniture-Red
Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

DOG 

Best In Show
Humunga Bling
Moody Pet, Inc.

Second Place
Earth Animal No-Hide- All Natural Raw Hide Alternative Chews
Earth Animal

Third Place
iFetch Frenzy
iFetch

NATURAL PET

Best In Show
YakySNACKS’ YakyYUM and YakyCHURRO
Himalayan Corporation

Second Place
WHIMZEES Variety Value Box
Paragon Pet Products USA Inc.

Third Place
Eco-Friendly Natural Pet Toys
Le Sharma Trading, Inc.

REPTILE  

Best In Show
Zilla Turtle Trunk
Central Garden & Pet

Second Place
Exo Terra Small Decor
Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Third Place
Zoo Med Skyscraper Terrerium
Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.

SMALL ANIMAL

Best In Show
Kaytee Crittertrail LED Lighted Habitat
Central Garden & Pet

Second Place
Brown’s® Tropical Carnival® Play Barns with Hay
F. M. Brown’s, Inc.

Third Place
Critter X is back, BUT it is Critter X Connects
Ware Manufacturing

POINT OF PURCHASE 

Best In Show
Dogs are really going Ape for Gorilla Chews, Chomps and Tugs
Ware Manufacturing

Second Place
Treat Planet Ultimate Chew Display
Treat Planet, LLC 

Third Place
TropiClean Fresh Breath Dental Center Floor Stand
TropiClean Pet Products