5 Reasons to Attend Global Pet Expo

If you’ve heard of Global Pet Expo before, you’ve also probably heard it referred to as the One Show to Attend. If you’re a newcomer, you may ask why? As the pet industry’s largest annual trade show featuring the newest, most innovative pet products in the market, we assure you that this is THE show to attend to secure a place in the $69 billion pet industry. This is also the first industry trade show of the year featuring more new product launches than can be found at any other industry event (more than 3,000!) Still not sold? Here are five more reasons to attend Global Pet Expo 2019: 


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1. Key Industry Insight from Experts

As a member of the pet industry, your business relies on staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and best practices. With over 30 educational seminars to attend, Global Pet Expo Academy offers tips and expert advice from today’s most successful pet retailers. And best of all, the sessions are free!

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2. See What’s New

Discover the latest and greatest pet products on the market in our New Products Showcase, where we’ll debut nearly 1,000 products. This year’s Showcase is 45,000 square feet – an impressive 15,000 square-feet larger than last year! Witness as the industry’s most creative and innovative efforts are presented in one central location on the Show Floor. Leave the Showcase feeling energized and inspired by the ingenuity that continues to fuel the pet industry.

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3. Networking Opportunities

With more than 16,000 industry members in attendance, the thought of networking at Global can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we kick off the Show with a free networking reception, sponsored by Pets Add Life. Have a drink and a bite to eat with friends, old and new, in a fun and relaxed environment. It’s just what you need to break the ice with that industry contact you’ve been trying to connect with.

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4. Get Those Steps in

With over 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space, you are guaranteed to reach your step goal walking around the Show Floor. In other words, that’s the equivalent of 16 football fields worth of aisles packed with the latest pet products just waiting to be explored! So, pack your comfy shoes and wearable fitness tracker and prepare to rack up those steps. (And, totally impress your friends!)

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Because Orlando!

The vibrant city of Orlando offers something enjoyable for every schedule and interest. Whether you’re looking for some R&R, a superb dining experience, championship golf course or a chance to release your inner child at a theme park, Orlando has it all. Plus, show your badge to access select attractions and experiences at a discounted rate!

We’ll see you March 20-22, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for Global Pet Expo, THE ONE SHOW TO ATTEND!

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.

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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.

 

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.

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.

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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.

Pet Industry Spending at a Record High: $66.75 Billion!

Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, announced that overall spending in the pet industry has surpassed previous spending by more than $6 billion! In fact, pet industry spending for 2016 came in at a record high of $66.75 billion!

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While APPA’s industry figures cover pet spending in a variety of categories, we’ve pulled out some of the key facts and figures for you. Take a look:

  1. There was a noticeable increase in pet food spending of 22.6% primarily due to APPA accounting for new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which indicated previous spending figures released may have been too conservative. In fact, interest in high end, premium pet food and treats continues to be a key driver for increased spending in the pet food category.
  2. Veterinary care spending remains the second source of spending in the pet industry at $15.95 billion. While routine veterinary visits have not necessarily increased, new advances in health care and services available may be contributing to the 3.4% growth. And with new results from research compiled by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute showing that more people are becoming aware of the health benefits of their pets, it’s no wonder they are more likely to take care of them!
  3. The third highest source of spending is in supplies and over the counter (OTC) medications. $14.71 billion was spent on items such as beds, collars, leashes, toys, travel items, clothing, food and water bowls, and other accessories.
  4. Purchases of live animals decreased 0.9% in 2016.
  1. Other services such as grooming, boarding, walking, training, pet sitting, yard services and more saw significant growth from 2015, second only to the growth of the pet food category.

If these new numbers are any indication of the direction the pet industry is moving, our future is certainly looking bright!

Visit the press release section of our website for a full breakdown of our Annual Industry-Wide Spending Figures.

Introducing the 2017 New Products Showcase Awards Winners

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 2017.

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

 

AQUATICS

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Best In Show
Seriphos Drop Off Aquarium
Elive, LLC

Second Place
Jelly Cylinder 5
Jellyfish Art LLC

Third Place
Brio 35 Urban Eco Garden
Deep Water Aquatics

BIRD

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Best In Show
USA Happy Beaks Toys
A&E Cage Co., LLC

Second Place
Bird Temp – Digital Infrared Thermometer
Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.

Third Place
Eco- Friendly Bird Nest
Le Sharma Trading, Inc.

BOUTIQUE

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Best In Show
Bake-at-Home Birthday Cake Mix for Dogs
The Lazy Dog Cookie Co., Inc.

Second Place
Dodo Bird Family: Baz the Dad, Barb the Mom & Billy the Baby Dodo Birds
Merito Industries dba THINK OUTSIDE

Third Place
PetCakes Frozen Yogurt Treats
PetCakes by Lucky Paws, LLC

CAT

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Best In Show
Catysmile Backpack Cat Carrier
Primetime Petz LLC

Second Place
The Bridge
Molly and Friends Cat Furniture Company

Third Place
Side Table Cat Bed
Sauder Woodworking Co.

DOG

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Best In Show
Qwizl
West Paw Design

Second Place
PAW5 Wooly
PAW5

Third Place
TropiClean Natural Flea & Tick
TropiClean Pet Products

NATURAL PET

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Best In Show
NO-HIDE DOG CHEWS – PORK
Earth Animal

Second Place
Ruff Bone
Himalayan Corporation

Third Place
CannaBoost (TM) CDB/Hemp full spectrum extract
PawFlex, Inc.

REPTILE

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Best In Show
Exo Terra Gecko Food
Hagen Group

Second Place
Exo Terra Tall Terrarium
Hagen Group

Third Place
Zilla Front Opening Terrarium
Central Garden & Pet

SMALL ANIMAL

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Best In Show
Kaytee Run-About Ball LED Light Rainbow 7 inch
Central Garden & Pet

Second Place
Walkin’ Wheels Mini Wheelchair
Walkin’ Pets by Handicappedpets.com

Third Place
Kaytee Critterhome 30 x 18 Deluxe Habitat Large
Central Garden & Pet

POINT OF PURCHASE

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Best In Show
Meowijuana – Retail Display Box (Large)
Meowijuana LL

Second Place
Earth Rated 2017 Collection
Earth Rated

Third Place
Kaytee Crittertrail Building Station
Central Garden & Pet