Retailer Excellence Award Winners Announced at Global Pet Expo 2015

We are proud to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. The Awards Ceremony took place during the Show’s Pet Industry Breakfast on Thursday March 5, 2015. 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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Odyssey Pets of Dallas, TX

Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: This award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

www.odysseypets.com

Loyal Biscuit Co. of Rockland, Maine

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.

www.loyalbiscuit.com

Kriser’s Natural Pet of Santa Monica, CA

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.

www.krisers.com

The Wet Spot Tropical Fish of Portland, OR

Best Live Animal Retailer: This award recognizes a retailer that excels in sales, promotion, display and knowledge of the dedicated live-animal category.

www.wetspottropicalfish.com

Ruff Life Pet Outfitters of Petoskey, MI

Merchandising Excellence: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.

www.rufflifepet.com

Katie’s Pet Depot of North Brunswick, NJ

Multi-Service Excellence: This award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.

www.katiespetdepotnewjersey.com

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.

www.barkerybath.com

Two Bostons of Naperville, IL

Customer Service Excellence: This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.

www.twobostons.com

Planet Tails of Naples, FL

Store Design Excellence: This award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.

www.planettails.com

Barks, Bones & Biscuits Bakery  of Mint Hill, NC 

Community Service Excellence: This honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.

www.barksbonesbiscuits.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.

2014 Retailer Excellence Awards: Final Call for Nominations

 

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Last chance to get your nominations in for the Third Annual Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards!

The awards program is designed to recognize outstanding pet specialty retailers in a variety of areas such as merchandising, marketing, customer service and community service. Winners will be announced at Global Pet Expo’s Pet Industry Breakfast at 8 a.m. on March 13, 2014.

Nominations can be submitted by manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and members of the press.

CLICK HERE to download the nomination form, which may be submitted via email at mdavid@petbusiness.com or fax at 646-674-0102.

Last year's winners posing at Global Pet Expo.

Last year’s winners posing at Global Pet Expo.

Award Categories

Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: Recognizes a single-store retailer that excels in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer (two -10 stores): Recognizes multi-unit retailers with between two and 10 stores that excel in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

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.

Best Live-Animal Specialty Store: Recognizes a retailer that excels in sales, promotion, display, concern and knowledge of a dedicated live-animal category.

Merchandising Excellence Award: Recognizes a retailer that demonstrates outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.

Multi-Service Excellence Award: Recognizes a retailer that effectively offers a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.

Marketing Excellence 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.

Customer Service Excellence Award: Recognizes a retailer that provides an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.

Excellence in Store Design Award: Honors a retailer that demonstrates excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.

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.

Pets Add Life’s Newest Talking Animal Video

Pet Industry Insight

Houston, the latest Pets Add Life video has landed! Watch as this talkative mouse realizes the gravity of his situation when he goes where no mouse has gone before in search of a pal to talk to.

To view more videos from Pets Add Life, visit the campaign’s YouTube Channel.

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6 Things to Do 5 Months Out From the Show

Global Pet Expo is only five months away. “Only,” you might be saying? Yes, there are certain things you need to be thinking about and acting on now in order to make your Show experience the best it can be.

#1 Reserve your booth space.

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Your Global Pet Expo experience begins when you reserve your booth. If you haven’t done it already, click HERE to book you booth on-line. Don’t wait too long because the show floor is filling up fast.

#2 Look at your booth itself.


Will you need a new booth, or do any parts need replacing? Does signage need to be updated or would you like different flooring than you had last year? Waiting until the last minute costs more and adds unneeded stress.

#3 Decide who should work the Show.


Decide now how many sales people (and which ones) should work the Show. Do you need to bring someone who can answer technical questions or someone who can speak to media and go on camera? Will you have a senior level person to talk to VIPs? Figuring out these issues now will let everyone attending plan ahead.

#4 Book your hotel and flights.


Now that you know who is going to Global Pet Expo, you should plan your trip. Airfares are usually cheaper when you book early. Also, fill up quickly. You have more options when you reserve your hotel rooms early. Click HERE for special hotel rates.

#5 Start planning how you will promote your participation at the show.

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Marketing and advertising materials take a while to plan and produce. Are you going to mail brochures and post cards or will you do all your promotion by email? If you are placing ads in the pet industry trades find out the dates that artwork is due. The Global Pet Expo Show Directory and Show Dailies are a great way to get in front of Show attendees while they are at the Show. And don’t forget press kits for the press office.

#6 Nail down new products.


Are you launching something new at the Show? Make sure you’re working on packaging design and quality prototypes now that positively reflect the actual product if it won’t be available at the Show. Get with your team to have sales price, pitch and information clear, concise and consistent.

Set your new products up for maximum exposure and success by entering them in the New Products Showcase. Press and buyers alike flock to this 30,000 square-foot launchpad for nearly 1,000 new products, making it the single largest new product showcase at any pet industry trade show in the world. In fact, 92% of buyers who attend Global Pet Expo visit the New Product Showcase. And who can forget about the highly-coveted “Best in Show” awards…

To be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Product Showcase. Don’t delay, the entry fee only goes up the longer you wait!

Global Pet Expo Through the Years

When Global Pet Expo debuted in 2005, the Show boasted impressive numbers and set the course for unprecedented growth in the industry. From our humble beginnings a decade ago, Trade Show Executive Magazine now ranks Global Pet Expo as one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation. As we look forward to our 10th anniversary in 2014, we decided to take a look back on some of the most memorable moments that have made Global Pet Expo the standard in pet industry trade show excellence.

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2005

  • The APPMA Show and PIDA Pets Show were combined and rebranded as Global Pet Expo. It would quickly become the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. During the 2005 Show, there were 66 International Exhibitors, 630 Domestic Exhibitors, 2,049 Booths and 4,365 Pet Product Buyers.

2006

  • The first ever “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award ” was given to Dr. Marty Becker and Steve Dale for their lifetime dedication of giving animals and pets a voice in the media.

 2007

  • Buyer attendance jumped 26%, and Tradeshow Week magazine named Global Pet Expo one of the 50 fastest growing trade shows of the year.

 2008

  • The 4th Annual Allen Levey Golf Tournament, a popular pre-show event, was held at Torrey Pines just before the golf course hosted the U.S. Open.

 2009

  • Global Pet Expo outgrew its convention space in San Diego and moved across the country to Orlando, Florida in the Orange County Convention Center. The Orlando convention space is one of the few in the country that is large enough to accommodate the Show’s yearly increasing numbers.

 2010

  • The Natural Pet Section debuted on the show floor in response to the growing trend of natural, organic and holistic products for pets. In 2013, there were 150 booths in the Natural Pet section, the most ever in this sold out section of the show floor.

2011

  • For the first time ever we announced the New Products Showcase “Best in Show” award winners during a special ceremony on the show floor. As the largest showcase of new products at any pet industry trade show, Global Pet Expo receives nearly 1,000 submissions each year.

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2012

 2013

  • For the first time ever, NBC’s Today Show broadcasted live from the Global Pet Expo floor giving a national spotlight to the show itself and the amazing exhibitors at the Show.

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The 2013 Global Pet Expo was also the largest Show to date, breaking all previous records with 172 International Exhibitors, 964 Domestic Exhibitors, 2,686 Booths and 5,327 Pet Products Buyers.

As advances continue through technology, products and services, Global Pet Expo remains the leader in annual pet industry trade shows. Join us at Global Pet Expo 2014, March 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida for our biggest and best Show yet!

Time To Submit Your Global Pet Expo Booth Application

Global Pet Expo 2013 may have ended only months ago, but it’s already time to start thinking about the 2014 Show, March 12-14 in Orlando. We know it’s only June, but by applying for a booth today, you will be giving yourself every advantage to have your most successful Global Pet Expo yet. Here is why you should apply now.

Location, Location, Location

Global Pet Expo is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show with nearly 1,000 exhibitors and over 2,700 booths. One of the best ways to ensure you get a space that makes you happy is to secure your booth space early. Getting the best possible space for your business, in a location you like can help you increase your sales, contacts and connections.

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Planning Ahead

By applying for your booth now, you will also be able to start planning the visual layout of your booth. With so many exhibitors and booths, it’s never too early to differentiate your business from your competitors, not only by location as mentioned above, but also in your booth’s layout. Do you want to purchase or build an interesting display to showcase your products? Do you need to work with a professional to have an effective booth layout? By applying for a booth today, you have the most important thing on your side: time. With extra time, you won’t be stressed to make last minute decisions and will be well prepared to have your best show possible.

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Advertising and Marketing

Don’t wait until the last minute to design and create your advertising material for Global Pet Expo. By applying for a booth now, you will have the added benefit of adding your booth number to all your marketing material. You can produce the most creative advertising material at the show, but if it doesn’t have your booth number how will people find you? By receiving your booth number early, you will ensure all of your advertising material will represent not only your products and branding, but tell buyers and other important connections exactly where they can find you at the 2014 show.

The earlier you start your Show marketing efforts, the better off you’ll be.  You’ll give your products and brand a chance to stand out before all the commotion of the exhibitors start saturating the market.

We’ve all heard it before- the early bird gets the worm. By applying for a booth today, you’ll be one of the earliest birds at Global Pet Expo 2014.  It will put your business on track toward having the most successful Show possible.