Calling All Global Pet Expo Academy Speakers: Your Deadline Is Approaching!

4049_GPEAcademyLogo_FinalIf you are interested in being a speaker for one of the many great 2018 Global Pet Expo Academy courses, the deadline to submit a proposal is July 31, 2017.

Past topics have included customer service and sales, merchandising, social media marketing, financial management, employee relations and animal care.

Seminars are typically 75 minutes in length and speakers are expected to provide a PowerPoint presentation that illustrates their talk and must make the presentation available to attendees in either electronic form or as a printed handout.

Speakers are asked to provide a 400-500 word article related to their selected topic(s) that will be published in the Global Pet Expo Show Daily. The article must be received by January 15, 2018 in order to meet the publication deadline.Global Pet Expo Academy

*All speakers may also be asked to present one 15-minute “Mini Session” on a topic distinct from their seminar topics. The Mini Sessions do not require slides, handouts or an article.

If you are interested in being a speaker at the 2018 Show, create an online profile and fill out the Speaker Request Form today.

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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.

Announcing the 2017 Retailer Excellence Award Winners

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Global Pet Expo is proud to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. These 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:

Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium of Richland, WA
Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: This award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

Yarn & Bone Pet Supply Co. of Camden, DE
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.

CountryMax Stores of Victor, NY
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.

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

Pet Pantry Warehouse of Rye, NY
Best Merchandising: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.

The Green K9 of Mount Dora, FL
Multi-Service Excellence: This award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.

Bark Out Loud Doggie Boutique & Café of Mansfield, TX
Best Marketing: 
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.

Natural Pet Enrichment Center of North Royalton, OH
Best Customer Service: This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.

Pet Express of Saugus, MA
Best Store Design: This award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.

Petsway of Springfield, MO
Best Community Service: This honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.

 

Congratulations to all of the winning retailers!

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

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.

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.

A Special “Thank You” to Our Sponsors!

We would like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors that contributed to the success of this year’s Global Pet Expo. Every company has a different message they want to get out, and sponsorships are a great way to maximize results and stand above the crowd.

Show sponsorships range from light boxes and floor decals to hotel room keys and sponsoring private media events, serving as an excellent avenue for businesses to garner additional recognition and exposure among thousands of buyers and media in attendance.

This year’s sponsors included 29 companies from the pet industry.

Global Pet Expo would like to send a special shout out and a HUGE thank you to each of the following 2015 sponsors:

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For more information about Global Pet Expo 2016 sponsorship opportunities, visit www.globalpetexpo.org or contact Josh Vetere at 203-532-3652 or jvetere@americanpetproducts.org

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.