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.

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.