Global Pet Expo gives attendees the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. It’s an opportunity for qualified buyers and media to see first-hand all the hottest and newest pet products before they hit store shelves. A qualified buyer attending Global Pet Expo works for an established business with a proven record of purchasing pet products from a manufacturer or distributor in quantity for resale to the consumer. Global Pet Expo’s qualification process that ensures buyers are attending to make purchasing decisions and place orders with exhibitors.
Special sections, including Boutique, Natural Pet, Everything Aquatic and What’s New!, help attendees more easily navigate the show floor. And as international participation continues to grow, the 2019 show will once again feature country-specific pavilions, providing participating country delegations their own dedicated space on the exhibit floor.
Companies launching new products can highlight them in the popular New Products Showcase, where buyers have the opportunity to preview all the newest products hitting the industry in one convenient location. The 30,000-square-foot space on the show floor is set aside to recognize the year’s best creative efforts in new product and point-of-purchase displays. With nearly 1,000 entries submitted in 2018, Global Pet Expo says its new products showcase is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world. Winners of the new products’ “Best in Show” will be announced at the Ninth Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation. In order to be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.
Attendees can also attend educational seminars at the 2019 Global Pet Expo Academy. Managed by the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), the 2018 seminar lineup featured 20 different speakers offering 35 hours of retailer education on topics such as social media marketing, competing with online retailers, merchandising tips, customer service solutions and the hottest topics in employment law. In 2018, the Academy expanded to include reformatted Mini-Sessions held in the New Products Showcase and aquatic-focused seminars held in the Aquatic Lounge. The seminars attracted a record 1,800 attendees.
During the 2019 show, information about the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, which reveals consumer behavior and ownership trends in the U.S., will also be released.
The success of the continuously growing Global Pet Expo has been recognized by the trade show industry. Trade Show Executive magazine (TSE) ranked Global Pet Expo #61 on its exclusive “Gold 100” list. This honor recognized Global Pet Expo as one of the 100 largest shows that “Set The Gold Standard” for the trade show industry, exceeding thousands of others in exhibit space, exhibiting companies and attendance. Global Pet Expo is also ranked #48 in TSE’s Fastest 50 for fastest growing trade shows and was honored at the prestigious Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Awards as a Top 25 Fastest-Growing Show in net square footage.
Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The show is not open to the general public.