The third annual NYC Re-Tails & Sales Expo was held on October 13 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. The boutique trade show featured vendors of made in the USA products available to pet retailers.
The expo started with a performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Megan Cooper, followed by short remarks by show sponsors: Tom Mazorlig from Pet Age Magazine and Dennis Turano from Maximum Computer Systems. NBC correspondent and award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport cut the ribbon and the expo officially opened.
The Re-tails & Sales Expo was presented by American Pet Professionals, LLC and Whitegate PR. It offers retailers the opportunity to meet pet product manufacturers and see a variety of American-made pet products.
“It’s our goal to help shine a light on companies who go above and beyond to create quality products that are safe and healthy for our pets,” states Nancy Hassel, founder and president of American Pet Professionals.
There were over 200 attendees, most of whom were retailers, but there were also pet bloggers, groomers and other pet professionals present. Many of them brought their four-legged friends. Pet celebrities, including Chloe Kardoggian and Bocker Labradoodle, were also on hand.
Seventeen vendors exhibited their products for pets and pet lovers at the expo. Products ranged from premium pet food lines like Nulo and Canagan to pet toothpaste from Petsmile to a complete line of small animal products from Fetch…for Pets!
Participating vedors included: Auburn Leathercrafters; Nulo Pet Food; Smartcookee Company; Grandma Mae’s; Scout & Zoe’s; Doggables Treats; PMI Lint Rollers; Canagan Pet Foods, Fetch…for Pets!, Mackenzie Couture Accessories, Pet Party Printz, Puppy Hugger, Dazzling Paws Jewelery, Petsmile, and Pet Healthy Family.
Vendors were pleased with the event.
“This was the first NYC Re-Tail’s show we have attended after having heard about it a couple years ago,” said Alan Dungey, owner of Auburn Leathercrafters. “I was able to present my company and my products in a more relaxed atmosphere. I was able to spend time with each retailer getting to know them, their stores and their needs. The retailers were able to learn more about Auburn Leathercrafters and our products I also found that the retailers who attended were ones who might not have travelled to the larger shows.”
“We were able to present our line to 30 or so retailers who we were able to spend a lot of time with in a relaxed environment, some of whom decided to bring our line in for the first time,” said Dungey.
“It was good connecting with retailers from the New York area to discuss our antler dog chews as well as our premium treats with them,” said Cynthia Dunstin Quirk, CEO of Scout & Zoe’s. “It was encouraging to gather several quality made in the USA products in one place and have the ability to meet with a variety of accounts. Certainly a win-win for everyone involved.”
“This was excellent exposure to key players in the industry,” said Eileen Patterson of Doggables Treats. “Our products got a lot of exposure to retailers. The event was a home run.”
“Each year, the NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo gets bigger and better than the year before,” said Dana Humphrey, founder and president of Whitegate PR. “We are so pleased with the outcome of this year’s show!”
Pet Age was the media sponsor of this event.