Global Pet Expo is on Snapchat!

#NoFilter is a thing of the past – at least at this year’s Show. As the digital landscape changes, so do we! In fact, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the new and emerging communication channels so we can meet all of our attendees (that’s you!) on the platforms you like to use.

So, this year we partnered with Snapchat to bring you the below geofilter to help spruce up your tiny pieces of art from the premier industry event.



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!


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. 



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.

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!


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!