Don’t Miss the Professional Women’s Network Breakfast at Global Pet Expo 2018!

Don’t Miss the Professional Women’s Network Breakfast at Global Pet Expo 2018!

If you’re attending Global Pet Expo this March, you won’t want to miss the seventh annual Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Breakfast featuring entrepreneur, author and television personality Shama Hyder! This event is open to all Show attendees and is set to take place Friday, March 23rd at 8 a.m. at Global Pet Expo.

Hyder will share her knowledge and expertise in marketing in the Digital Age. Attendees will learn the five principles behind building a compelling personal brand and how to establish themselves as thought leaders across audiences.

In 2009, Hyder founded The Marketing Zen Group, a digital marketing agency with an emphasis on social media marketing. The Zen Group launched with only $1,500 and the company grew by 400 percent in the first year. Hyder now manages over 30 full-time team members, delivering social media and digital public relations services for clients that range from small businesses and nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 companies across the globe. In addition to her firm’s success, Hyder has authored five books about marketing, social media and branding.

Hyder has received numerous awards including the prestigious Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award. She was named one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25” by Business Week in 2009, one of the “Top 30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs in America in 2014 by Inc. Magazine, and was recognized on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of movers and shakers for 2015. LinkedIn named Hyder one of its “Top Voices” in Marketing & Social Media. Her web show Shama TV was awarded the “Hermes Gold award for Educational Programming in Electronic Media” and most recently she was awarded the “Excellence in Social Media Entrepreneurship” award for 2016 by Anokhi Media.

The PWN Breakfast is an opportunity that professionals will not want to miss! PWN promotes social and career development activities that result in greater success for the industry in total, and the breakfast will reflect just that. This event is not open to the public and attendees must wear their badge to access the event.


Mark Your Calendars for the Premier Industry Event

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


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!


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.


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.


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.

Exhibitors: 2018 Booth Applications are NOW OPEN!

Welcome to Global Pet Expo 2018 where everything you need is all under one roof! That’s right, the Show features thousands of pet products covering the largest floor space of any annual trade show in the industry.

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 11.47.32 AMExhibitor applications for the premier industry event are now open and booth space is going fast, so don’t delay. You must register by July 17, 2017, to be eligible for an advanced booth assignment based on your company’s Priority Points. After that, spaces are first come, first serve.

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 4.35.31 PMYou must be a current member of APPA or PIDA to exhibit at the 2018 Show. If you’re already a member, visit our website to access the Exhibitor Space Application & Agreement and submit today!

Questions? Please contact Global Pet Expo staff here.


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.

The Official Global Pet Expo Social Media Guide

The Show That Means Business is getting even more social this year! And because we know it can all be a bit overwhelming at times, we’ve compiled everything you need to know in one easy-to-digest social media guide.


Like Global Pet Expo on Facebook to find the latest Show updates as you scroll through your newsfeed as well as recaps at the end of each day. AND, as a Global Pet Expo first, we will be going LIVE a few times throughout the Show. Stay tuned!


Follow Global Pet Expo on Twitter and include the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag in all of your tweets. We will be live-streaming these tweets on monitors throughout the Show Floor. This is a great way to instantly broadcast your message to Show attendees. Make sure to tag us @GlobalPetExpo, too!


Follow Global Pet Expo on Instagram for up-to-date Show photos, exhibitor products and features, and more. Include the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag and tag us in all of your photos for a chance to be featured on our social media channels. We will also be live-streaming these posts on monitors throughout the Show Floor.


We know it’s a big show, so don’t worry if you miss something. We will be uploading Global Pet Expo TV videos to our YouTube channel that highlight the exciting events from each day.



The premier industry event has professional photographers walking the Show floor and attending the Show events, capturing the best moments and turning them into memories. Follow us on Pinterest for boards full of the best Show photos! 


As the digital landscape changes, so do we! This year, the Show will feature a new snapchat filter allowing you the opportunity to spruce up those tiny pieces of art you snap during the Show.



Global Pet Expo App

Download the Global Pet Expo App for iOS or Android right to your phone or tablet for quick access to show schedules, the exhibitor list, the floor plan and more, all at your fingertips.


Important reminder: The official Show hashtag is #GlobalPetExpo so, no need to turn it into an acronym or include 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the Show and seeing your messages on social media!


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.

Global Pet Expo is SOLD OUT!

With just a few weeks until the doors open to the premier industry event, Global Pet Expo officials are proud to report that all booths on the Show Floor have been sold.

So, what does that mean?

The 2017 Show will feature 1,130 exhibitors, 27% of which are international companies, 3,435 booths and 223 first-time exhibiting companies!

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With more than 3,000 new product launches, Global Pet Expo will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. The Show has also grown in recent years with added special sections including the “International Pavilions,” “Natural Pet,” “Boutique,” “Everything Aquatic,” and “What’s New!”

We’re looking forward to another great Global Pet Expo, and we’ll see you in Orlando!


The SOLD OUT 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.

Remaining Sponsorships Opportunities

Increase the impact of your booth and make a bold statement with a sponsorship at this year’s Global Pet Expo. In a post-show survey, 70% of Global Pet Expo buyers told us they recognized exhibitors from their sponsorships. Don’t miss your chance to be a recognizable business at the premier industry event!


Below are just a few options:

  • Double sized press bins (NEW!)
  • Rotating light box (NEW!)
  • Show Floor sports bar (NEW!)
  • Main lobby flags
  • Branding towers
  • Floor decals

Visit our website for a full list of sponsorship opportunities.

Every Global Pet Expo sponsorship includes these value-added extras:

  • A highlight of your company’s name and booth number on the Interactive Floor Plan of the Global Pet Expo website
  • Placement of your company’s logo and booth number on a 28’ x 7’ banner outside the Show’s main entrance (banner recognizes all sponsors)
  • A highlight of your company’s name and booth number on the Floor Plan Map & City Guide
  • Recognition in a news release distributed to more than 250 members of the media

Extras and sponsorship availability are subject to change as we get closer to the Show.


For more information or for a list of remaining sponsorship opportunities, contact Marian Thielsen via phone at (203) 532-3601 or via email at