Mark Your Calendars for the Premier Industry Event

Global Pet Expo is happening March 21-23, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

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In addition to the many exclusive member benefits you receive as an APPA member, you also have access to Global Pet Expo, the Premier Industry Event. If you’ve never attended the Show, here are a few incredible facts about last year’s event: 

The thirteenth annual Global Pet Expo featured 343,700 net square feet of exhibit space, nearly 24,000 feet larger than 2016 to accommodate the growing number of exhibiting companies. That’s a lot of space to cover in three days – bring your walkin’ shoes!

Attendance at the premier industry event included 6,761 qualified buyers from 79 different countries – making Global Pet Expo a key trading opportunity for companies around the world. There were also 1,130 exhibiting companies, including 270 first-time exhibitors, covering more than 3,437 booths, giving buyers thousands of new products and trends to choose from!

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The 2017 Show also marked the debut of country-specific pavilions. Previously, multiple countries exhibited together in one space on the Show Floor, but the new international model allowed participating country delegations dedicated space throughout the exhibit floor.

Global Pet Expo is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show.  The 2018 Show will be bigger and better than ever and will have everything you need all under one roof, so make your plans to attend today!

The 2018 booth application is available online, and buyer registration and qualification is now live.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Show!

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The Premier Industry Event will take place March 21-23, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) for Buyers

We know that there’s a lot of planning that goes into preparing for Global Pet Expo, which means that you likely have a question or two about the Show. Don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions to get you started. For a list of all of the FAQs, click here.

  1. What are the qualification requirements to attend Global Pet Expo? How do I qualify?

A complete list of qualification requirements is available here. To access the Qualification form please click here

  1. I do not meet the qualification requirements. Can I still attend the show?

If you do not qualify as a buyer, you may still be able to attend the show as an Industry Visitor. There are two options:  Friday only ($250/person); or Thursday and Friday ($600/person).  If of interest, please contact Annie Rotberg at annie@americanpetproducts.org.

  1. I attended previously but do not remember my Username and Password.

Previously qualified buyers should go to www.globalpetexpo.org/register.  Click the LOGIN link after YES.  Then, use the “I forgot my Password” option below the “Username” box.  The trick is that we must have your current email address in our records. If you do not receive a response after entering your email address, we may not have your current email address on file.  To update or confirm your email address, send an email to cbonifati@americanpetproducts.org.

  1. I did not receive the email with my login credentials, my registration confirmation or show updates even though I have given you my current email address.

First check your spam and junk mail folders. Some email providers filter emails from globalpetexpo.org and americanpetproducts.org unless you have identified them as “safe senders”. This can usually be done by simply highlighting the email address and using the drop-down menu to specify the sender as safe. Different email providers may use different techniques for this.  If the problem persists, please contact Chris Bonifati (cbonifati@americanpetproducts.org) to confirm the email address that we have on file.

  1. I need to apply for visa and require a letter of invitation.

Global Pet Expo will provide a Letter of Invitation to qualified buyers who are registered for the Global Pet Expo. To complete the request form, click here (http://globalpetexpo.org/buyer/letterofinvitation.asp) . Login is required. Username and Password available only to qualified buyers. Forgot your usename and password? See #3 above.

  1. Can I register on-site?

Pre-registration is recommended, but on-site registration is available. Companies qualifying for the first time must be prepared to stand in long lines and must be sure to bring the two required proofs of business. One of which must be a wholesale invoice from a manufacturer or distributor. No one is permitted into the show without the required two (2) proofs of business. Please click here for acceptable options. RETURNING qualified buyers must have company ID and personal photo ID.

  1. Is the show open to the public?

No, Global Pet Expo is open to the trade only, to qualified buyers or qualified representatives.  Click here for more information regarding qualification and requirements.

  1. How can I get a list of exhibitors and their booth numbers?

The 2017 Exhibitor List is available by using drop-down menu options under the blue BUYER tab on www.globalpetexpo.org.   Qualified buyers are able to view the expanded Exhibitor contact information (products,contact information,etc) by logging in with their Username and Password. Forgot your username and password? See #1 above.

  1. Is there a cost to attend the seminars?

Pre-registration is recommended but seminars are free to attend for registered attendees. To see the seminar schedule please go to http://globalpetexpo.org/seminars.

  1. Are children permitted on the show floor?

No children under the age of 16 are allowed onto the show floor at any time. There are NO exceptions. ID may be requested. A professional Day Care service will be available during show hours for children under the age of 16. More information is available at https://www.kiddiecorp.com/appakids.htm

  1. Are there travel and hotel discounts available?

OnPeak is the Official Travel Agency of Global Pet Expo and is your best resource for the lowest rates offered at participating hotels near the Orange County Convention Center. Due to the large volume of rooms reserved for Global Pet Expo attendees, OnPeak is able to negotiate the lowest rates available. Many of the hotels offer complimentary shuttle bus services to and from the convention center. Go to http://globalpetexpo.org/hoteltravel.asp for more information.

 

For a list of all of the FAQs, click here.

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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.

Announcing: Country-Specific Pavilions for International Exhibitors

With impressive growth at the premier industry event, the 2017 Show will feature for the first time country-specific pavilions for international exhibitors.

Pavilions from the United Kingdom, Canada, China and Taiwan will replace the International Pavilion, where previously multiple countries exhibited together in one space. Global Pet Expo officials also expect more than 100 additional international exhibitors to have a presence in the special sections and general Show Floor area where they will feature products that showcase international trends.

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The overall success of the Show is influenced by international participation and we’re happy to offer this exciting new opportunity to cultivate that influence.

Take a look at our floor plan to see the location each of the country-specific pavilions and plan to stop by during the Show in March.

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.

For Buyers: Global Pet Expo’s Special Sections Make Finding What You’re Looking for Easy

Consider it a treasure map with everything you want marked with an X, or in Global Pet Expo’s case, a giant sign. Global Pet Expo Special Sections make navigating the vast Show Floor (equivalent to the size of 13 football fields) easier than ever!

Sections

IMG_3344Although we do recommend visiting every booth if you can, our color-coded floor plan and hanging Special Section signage helps to point you in the direction of products and companies that fit the genre of your interest.


What’s New!
is THE place to visit if you’re looking for first-time exhibitors with products brand new to the Global Pet Expo market

The Natural Pet
is one of the fastest growing specialty sections at Global Pet Expo and across the industry. Located in a new area in the far left of the show floor, this section is reserved for exhibitors who focus on holistic and natural pet products. If you’re interested in green, organic or environmentally friendly pet products, we suggest you add this to your list of destinations on the show floor.

The Boutique is designed with fashion-forward buyers in mind. Now in a new location on the show floor, buyers should head to the right of the entrance to take a walk on the trendy pink carpet if bling, flair and luxury pet products are your thing!IMG_3186

Everything Aquatic is fishing for new business! If you are in the market for
fresh, new aquatic products you’ll definitely want to head on over to this special section to test the waters.

The International Pavilion showcases exhibitors and products from across the globe. Visiting this section can open up your business to a world of new and exciting opportunities.

For more information about Special Sections visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

Introducing the New Products Showcase winners from Global Pet Expo 2015

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 2015.New Product Showcase

Well, the votes are in, and the winners are…..

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AQUATICS

Best In Show

Central Garden & Pet

Aqueon JukeBox 5 Aquarium Kit


Second Place

BioBubble Pets

WonderBubble Bubble Tunnel Kit

Third Place

BioBubble Pets

Deco Cubes

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Best In Show

A&E Cage Co., LLC

All Natural Java Wood Bird Toys


Second Place

Valhoma Corporation

Chicken Harnesses: Pullet, Hen, Rooster

Third Place

Caitec Corporation

Large Perch N Go

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Best In Show

Dog Is Good

Tote Bags


Second Place

Kruuse A/S

B Seen 360

Third Place

Espree Animal Products, Inc.

Bark Art Creative Kit

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Best In Show

Innovation Pet, Inc.

Kitty Connection® Mouse Pounce ™


Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Vesper Cat Furniture

Third Place

Cats of Thrones

Toilet Seat for Cats

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Best In Show

Dexas International, Ltd.

Snack-DuO ™


Second Place

iFetch

iFetch Too!

Third Place

Petmatrix LLC

Butcher’s Cut

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Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Safe, strong and dogs love em…GORILLA CHEWS


Second Place

Puppy Cake

Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix

Third Place

Himalayan Corporation

Yaky Tops

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Best In Show

BioBubble Pets

Chameleon Cantina


Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra Screen Terrarium

Third Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra HabiSphere

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Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Every Kid’s Favorite Pastime………PETS


Second Place

Marshall Companion Pets

Bear Rug

Third Place

Ware Manufacturing

Escalating a Pig’s Lifestyle: RAMP IT UP!

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Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Build your pets house and $ave : DIY HOMES


Second Place

Himalayan Corporation

Himalayan Dog Chew POP

Third Place

Life is Good Pet by Planet Dog

Life is Good Branded Display

Global Pet Expo, Less Than a Week Away!

To everyone taking part in this exciting 2015 Show, we want to wish you one last ‘good luck’ and thank you all for making this industry so great!

As you all may or may not know, last year was an anniversary show for us and now we’re celebrating 11 years of Global Pet Expo. Hard to believe where we came from back in 2004 to where we are now, one of the fastest growing trade shows in the country, according to Trade Show Executive. Some of you have been with us from the beginning and it shows on your badges, and some of you are just joining us this year….either way, we want to thank you for your participation and give you some last minute motivation to get you psyched for your best show yet!

Although you may never feel fully prepared for the Show, we know you’ll do great! And Global Pet Expo staff will be onsite everywhere, but more specifically in the Show Office, Room W206A; Phone: (407) 685-4100. Should you need any assistance at all during the Show, please don’t hesitate to check in with us.

Go get ‘em, and try to have a little fun while you’re at it….we love this industry after all!

And just in case you still need some pumping up, here are a few of our tune picks for your listening pleasure.

Thanks again, see you at the Show!!