April 30, 2017

Pets at Home unveils new shoppable features on updated website

  Pets at Home is transforming its online shopping experience by providing innovative ways to interact with its customers. The retailer has adopted Amplience, a leading digital content production and delivery platform, enabling features such as interactive video, shoppable content and user generated commerce. Through this platform Pets at Home customers will be able to make purchases by interacting with creative content as well as the more traditional static product pages. Visitors to www.petsathome.com can now view items within banners, catalogues and even video, then simply click and buy their favourites without having to search for the items elsewhere on the…

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Pets at Home give Redditch youngsters tips on how to care for pets

  A Redditch pet shop is celebrating after helping to teach more than 260 future pet owners on how to care for pets responsibly. During 2016 Pets at Home in Redditch saw 263 children attend their free and interactive pet workshops, mainly during school holidays, helping to teach youngster how rewarding pets can be. The workshops are run by Pets at Home colleagues, most of whom are pet owners themselves and they focus on teaching kids about the five welfare needs of animals – shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right living environment, which are all…

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Slippery fingered thief steals snake from Brownhills pet store

A thief walked out of Brownhills pet store with the reptile – dubbed Sid the Snake – in his pocket. Now, staff at Chico’s Pet Supplies fear the corn snake will perish unless returned. The 15cm specimen was only weeks old and was shedding skin, which makes him more vulnerable during cold weather. Store helper Victoria Mosedale said: “If he’s not been fed by now, he is going to be very hungry. “If they have not put him on a heat mat, he will not survive.” Victoria added: “We’ve had children trying to put their hands in cages before, but it’s the…

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Pet Care Retail Feature: Pet grooming products, how retailers can cash in


In a new survey, FURminator has discovered that despite pampering pets, two thirds of owners never take their pets to the groomers Of the 2,000 pet owners questioned in FURminator’s study, almost half (46%) said that they wouldn’t dream of visiting friends and family without their four legged friend. The research also revealed that more than a quarter (27%) of pet owners take their pets shopping, with a further third (36%) taking their pooches on holiday. Despite the fact that many owners spend an average of £1,113 on their pets per year, only one in three (35%) owners say they…

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Pet Care Retail feature: Trends in the aquarium fish food market

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Developments and trends in fish food are ongoing – David Pool from FishScience advises on how retailers can keep on top of this market The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association estimates that there are over 100m fish kept in aquaria in the UK and the market for fish food is substantial, worth an estimated £56m at retail prices. Not surprisingly, the fish food market is very competitive, with an increasing number of companies looking for an edge to ensure that they can be successful. In this short article we will look at the current trends in the aquarium fish food market…

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Pet Care Retail feature: Premium quality pet food


Pets are increasingly being fed human grade food, but what exactly are the differences between pet and premium food? PCR spoke to Cotswold RAW managing director Mark Lewis to find out more With the humanisation of pets all the rage at the moment, it seems as though our furry friends are now being fed human grade food as a large part of their diet. But just what is the difference between regular pet food and premium, and how can retailers use this to maximise profits? “A premium range should be structured on quality, traceability of ingredients and nutritional superiority rather…

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Ash Baker: The main event


‘Lizard lady’ Ash Baker from Surrey Water Gardens & Pet Centre in Clandon discusses how holding events can bring in new custom and generate a loyal customer base There are certain times in the year when trade can drop off for a month or two, and this is the perfect opportunity to find time for raising the profile of your business. One great way to make connections with the public and bring in new custom is by organising an event. Events can be used to increase customer loyalty with your existing clientele, but at quieter trading periods they can really…

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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…

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Busiest year yet for PetQuip Awards as nominations reach judging stage

The PetQuip association has revealed today the final 41 names going forward to the judging process for the PetQuip Awards 2015.  The judging is due to take place on September 8th.  Now in their third year, the PetQuip Awards are a popular addition to the pet industry calendar with places on the shortlist being hotly contested.  PetQuip’s director general, Amanda Sizer Barrett said; “Interest in the awards has made 2015 the busiest year yet and we are thrilled at the response from the pet industry.  Companies have realised how good even being shortlisted can be for their businesses, and, of…

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Datalogic Memors Provide ‘Purfect’ Stock Management Solution for Pets Corner

Memor X3 mobile computers improve productivity by 90% and increase stock accuracy Datalogic, a global leader in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets, and world-class producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking equipment, has announced today that a roll out of Memor X3 mobile computers with its partner Advanced Retail is helping Pets Corner, a leading UK pet retailer, to dramatically reduce time spent on paper-based processes, improve stock accuracy and concentrate on customer service. Matt Murtagh, Area Manager at Pets Corner and a key member of the project team that deployed the…

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