August 17, 2017

FURminator unveils Christmas gift guide


FURminator and Tetra have unveiled their gift guide for Christmas, with gifts for fish-keepers taking centre stage. For the furry friends of the family, the FURminator deShedding tool is designed by professional groomers and recommended by vets according to the company. The tool can reduce the level of shedding in cats and dogs by up to 90%. The Tetra Peppa Pig Aquarium is an ideal starter tank to keep children engaged and teach them the responsibilities of fish-keeping. For fun on Christmas morning and to make feeding time more interactive and enjoyable, the Tetra FunTips are two-colour tablets that can…

300% sales increase for pet retailer on Black Friday


Commenting on the initial sales on Black Friday, Andrew Bucher, founder and chief veterinary officer at MedicAnimal, the online pet retail and healthcare supplier with over four million customers, said: “So far today we have seen a 300% increase in sales compared to a typical Friday. Consumers still seem to be strongly motivated by Black Friday. “While Black Friday may be portrayed as a time when consumers spend on items they don’t necessarily need, we’re seeing our customers taking advantage of offers to buy the things they would usually buy to look after their pets. While our business is normally…

Future is bright for AmPet Products


UK retailer interest in the wide range of AmPet Products has grown impressively over the past year and the trend is set to continue in 2016, according to the company. The Nottinghamshire-based company, which introduces innovative products to the UK from leading American suppliers as well as other major countries around the globe, will be seeking out more bestsellers at Global Expo in March. AmPet’s sales and marketing director Alex Wilson said: “Over the past few years we’ve secured exclusive UK distributor rights to some fantastic American products and we’re determined to continue this trend in 2016.” AmPet will be…

Major pet companies book their stands at PATS Sandown


PATS Sandown is set to be a must-visit event for pet retailers and buyers as the industry’s leading companies show their commitment to the exhibition on 22 to 23 March 2016. Bookings for the Sandown Park showpiece are ongoing with more than 100 firms having already secured their stand space. Previous exhibitors have made sure they have re-booked early with top brands like Barking & Meowing Heads, Beaphar, Bern Pet Foods, Burns Pet Nutrition, Ferplast, Flexi, Lennox, Lovejoys, Marriages, Pedigree Wholesale, Royal Canin/James Wellbeloved, Sharples and Grant, Trixie, and Wagg committed to the event. There will also be host of…

PIF to launch pet shop licensing scheme


Support is now available to help Pet Industry Federation (PIF) retail members gain their pet shop license, in as straightforward a manner as possible. PIF has just entered into a Primary Authority coordinated partnership with the City of London Corporation, to support PIF retail members across England and Wales. The Primary Authority scheme is designed to standardise licensing and ensure that businesses are not subjected to licensing officers imposing arbitrary conditions and wielding inappropriate control over their affairs. Nigel Baker, chief executive of PIF, explained: “PIF believes that pet shops selling pets are the lifeblood of the pet industry and…

Black Friday: be prepared

Black Friday

Simon Phillips gives his best advice on how the pet care industry can navigate Black Friday Black Friday has changed the shape of end-of-year sales for most retailers, creating an intensely concentrated sales period characterised by huge reductions driving hype, online traffic, footfall and ultimately quick sales. For some retailers there is no questioning the importance of participating – they can expect to totally lose out on Christmas sales to participating retailers. For others, especially those in more specific markets, the question is more complicated. ASDA has even announced its withdrawal from Black Friday this year, and other retailers including Primark…

Pet Retail Chain of the Year awarded

Pet Retail

Pet Retail Chain of the Year has been announced as Pets Corner in Warminster at this year’s Pet Industry Federation Awards. The awards took place during a 60s-themed ceremony on Tuesday 17 November, which was hosted by stage and screen actor Brian Blessed. Pets Corner Warminster was amongst 45 other businesses that had been shortlisted. The store was judged on its overall commercial success, customer service and satisfaction, staff training and contribution to innovation over the last 12 months. Steve O’Neil, manager at Pets Corner Warminster, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have won Pet Retail Chain of the Year….

Pooch & Mutt chosen for Pet Week


Multi-award-winning Pooch & Mutt has been chosen by, the leading product discovery network, for their own Pet Week running from 16 to 20 November. With a strong focus on natural and premium brands, Pooch & Mutt is one of ten brands featured for their wide range of functional products including grain-free dog food, hand-baked treats and natural supplements. The purpose of is to allow brands and retailers to share information, photos and videos in real time so consumers always have what they need to make the smartest and quickest purchase decisions. With a strong focus on connecting customers…

Victoria Stilwell to open Petfood Forum 2016

Petfood Forum

Victoria Stilwell, television star of It’s Me or the Dog on Animal Planet and judge on CBS’ Greatest American Dog, will make a Petfood Forum premiere as opening keynote speaker on Tuesday 19 April 2016. The 24th Petfood Forum is to be held 18 to 20 April 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The internationally known dog trainer, as well as CEO of the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at her travels and work with some of the world’s most unruly and dangerous dogs. Also announced is the…

Burns receives Living Wage award

Living Wage

(Pictured: Katie (HR) and John with Nia Griffith MP) John Burns, founder of Burns Pet Nutrition, has won the Living Wage Leadership Award 2015 for Wales. Burns Pet Nutrition offers an hourly rate of at least £7.85 to all its 110 employees, including apprentices. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage – calculated according to the basic cost of living using the Minimum Income Standard for the UK – on a voluntary basis. Burns Pet Nutrition were invited to the Houses of Parliament to showcase their products at the first ever Living Wage Marketplace on 4 November. The event was…