Special Events Happening at Global Pet Expo

While this is The Show That Means Business, we do have some special events that are quite entertaining. Take a look and plan to attend:

The Petworking Receptio
Wednesday, March 22 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hall A – Registration Concourse Level One,
Orange County Convention Center 

Business is built by relationships and we want you to have every opportunity to meet everyone at the show.  Our fabulous FREE Networking Reception gives you the time and place to rub elbows with people you might never have another opportunity to meet.  Have a drink, some eats and mix it up with new friends and old.

No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

The event is sponsored by Pets Add Life.

Retailer Excellence AwardsIndustry Breakfast & Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 23 |8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Valencia Ballroom, 4th Floor, Orange County Convention Center

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is no exception. Start the day with a wonderful meal and attend the presentation of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media’s Retailer Excellence Awards ceremony.

No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

Each year, the Retailer Excellence Awards honor outstanding pet stores in a variety of categories. Awards will be given to one retailer in each of the ten different award categories:

  • Best Overall Single-Store Retailer
  • Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer – 2-10 Locations
  • Best Over Multi-Unit Retailer – 10+ Locations
  • Best Live Animal Specialty Store
  • Merchandising Excellence Award
  • Multi-Service Excellence Award
  • Marketing Excellence Award
  • Customer Service Award
  • Excellence in Store Design Award

New Products Showcase Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 23 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 P
Show Floor in the New Products Showcase

If you really want to be up on new trends and hot products for 2017, make a plan to attend the annual New Products Showcase Awards Presentation.

Each year, more and more manufacturers wait to launch their new products in the New Products Showcase so they have a chance to win first place in the Best in Show contest. The media attention our awards get is incredible and long lasting.

Nine winners will receive a Best in Show award in the following categories:

  • Aquatics
  • Bird
  • Boutique
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Natural Pet
  • Small Animal
  • Reptile
  • Point-of-Purchase Display

APPA Professional Women’s Network Breakfast
Friday, March 24 | 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Room W209

Guest speaker: Dr. Dani McVety

Home is where the heart is: Bringing hospice care into the homes of those that need it the most.

Join the APPA Professional Women’s Network and the APPA Young Professionals for a complimentary breakfast buffet and special presentation by Dr. Dani McVety.

Dr. McVety is Co-Founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV.  She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences in hopes of empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care.  Her talks have quickly garnered the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “simply authentic.”  In her talks, Dr. McVety shares her struggles through veterinary school, how she found her passion in the emergency room, why she felt a calling in the toughest moments of medicine, and how her and her business partner have grown a nationally recognized business.  As a certified body language instructor, one of her favorite topics is communication.  “Communication is the heart of all that we do; it is lifeblood of all our interactions.”


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.

Members of the Media: What to Expect at Global Pet Expo in 2016

If you’ve been to Global Pet Expo in the past, you know that its the place to be to get the scoop on the latest and greatest pet products, new and emerging trends, spending predictions for upcoming years and more! If you have never attended the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, now is the time! Visiting every booth on the Show Floor is equivalent to walking over three miles and you can see, smell, touch and even pet the sweet things our exhibitors bring. After all, all trails lead here!

IMG_5618Just in case that wasn’t convincing enough, we compiled a list of perks of attending from Global Pet Expo 2016:

The New Products Showcase, which boasted over 900 new products last year, is your one-stop-shop for new product and trend stories. If you can’t remember all 900 of them, we have you covered.

Global Pet Expo staff is on hand in the Press Office to provide photos and information on all New Products Showcase winners. This space, dedicated to media, is where you can connect to free wifi, refuel on snacks and drinks, and be front and center for all scheduled press conferences. If you’re interested in something specific, let us know in advance and we will do the scouring for you… even schedule a tour and we’ll show you around!

If you’re still hungry for more information the Industry Breakfast will be chock full of the latest research, industry trends and consumer spending predictions for the upcoming year

Wind down from a full day on the show floor at the Media Reception where you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail and appetizers while you mingle 833A8663with colleagues or interview fellow journalists.

Just remember, the Show is only open to qualified members of the press such as writers, editorial staff, publishers and bloggers. Registration opens November 1, 2015.

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Jamie Baxter via phone at (775) 322-4022 or via email at jamie@theimpetusagency.com.

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:

Retailer Excellence

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.


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.


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.


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.


Ruff Life Pet Outfitters of Petoskey, MI

Merchandising Excellence: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.


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.


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.


Two Bostons of Naperville, IL

Customer Service Excellence: This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.


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.


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.


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.