As we enter 2017, I can’t help but examine my life. I love my family, I am in good health, and my work is exhilarating.
Contentment, however, does not mean standing still but rather thinking about ways to improve. The best time to change is when you’re feeling great about yourself. Do you love who you are? Great! Now change!
If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. And if you’re not growing, you’re not moving forward. Much of my evolution comes from what I’ve learned in my role as a brand ambassador for Pet Age. The new year promises even more opportunities to enhance my knowledge with our planned attendance at PILC, Groom Expo West, the Atlanta Pet Fair and Global Pet Expo. We will offer unprecedented coverage of these shows with live updates via our social media outposts, including Facebook Live videos of tours and interviews to report the news as it happens.
We at Pet Age love what we do, and we’re always embracing change to improve our product. We’ve added a new retailer profile page, What’s in Store (p. 24). Our inaugural subject, Nancy Bleznak of Medford Pet Supplies, talks about what’s led to her success as an independent pet store owner.
This industry is constantly changing and, as written by Alexandra Wepner, Pet Age’s Retailer Report (p. 13) spotlights the sentiment of pet store owners during 2015. While the sales increases for products such as raw and grain-free foods are predictable, the ancillary service that jumped from No. 8 in 2014 to No. 2 in 2015 might come as a surprise.
That’s just a glimpse of what you’ll discover in this issue, as one of our new contributors, Eric Stenson, dives into what makes natural products from the sea such a popular alternative for pet owners (p. 69), Colleen Murphy takes a close look at the wide variety of small animals—as well as the accessories and foods—that can bring big profits for pet retailers (p. 48), and Doug Poindexter describes how managers can turn a trade show into a mentorship opportunity for their employees (p.12). You’ll find much more in this month’s coverage as we kick off a new year. We at Pet Age wish you, your families and your pets a happy and healthy 2017. Enjoy!
Glenn A. Polyn