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2011 Global Pet Expo
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2010 Show featured 803 exhibitors, 2,250 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 4,495 pet product buyers from around the world attended. In 2011, Global Pet Expo will take place March 16-18 in Orlando, FL. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals

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Bob Vetere

Dear Candace

The current economic atmosphere is causing many of us to rethink just how we allocate our more limited resources. Certain areas have to be cut back while other areas require more economical alternatives. While the pet industry is not “recession-proof” it is certainly more resilient than other areas. In many cases we still want to provide extra rewards/gifts/treats/etc for our pets but we need to look for more value priced alternatives in order to meet our budgets. For those who provide higher end, luxury type items it has become increasingly important to gauge the demographics of your marketplace. There are still strong pockets of opportunity/demand for these products but a savvy small businessperson will gauge the demographics of their target market to make sure that it is capable of supporting the proffered products. Offering designer, high-end dog sweaters in a blue collar area particularly hard hit by the economy may not be the best business decision right now.


Bob Vetere

Candice Piaget

As a partner in Caserta Pets, a manufacturer of upscale dog collars and jewelry, impeccably handmade in the US, I am concerned about the influx of low quality Asian products carried by box stores in mega malls and its effect on small businesses like ours. I recently read an article on how people are not only content with buying lower quality pet products because of cost, but also because of soaring gas prices - megamalls are ubiquitous, upscale pet boutiques typically concentrated in urban areas. Given the economic profiles of pet owners, can small businesses that produce primarily highend, luxury products survive the influx of poor quality Asian products that have economic appeal to lower and middle-class pet owners because "elite" pet owners will continue to spend for quality merchandise in urban areas? I hope you post this. I am very curious to hear your opinion! Candice Piaget, casertapets.com

Tierra

Fantastically written!

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