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Save the Date for the 2016 University of Innovative Distribution, March 6-9, 2016. Since 1994, the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) has been a renowned educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale-distribution industry. The faculty of the University of Innovative Distribution features renowned wholesale-distribution though-leaders, including university professors, industry experts, authors and consultants. Registration opens in October. Learn more at www.univid.org.

PIDA Elects New Officers & Directors.
Scott Rath, Central Garden & Pet, Santa Fe Springs, California, was elected as chairman of the PIDA Board of Directors during the association’s annual Management Conference in January. ... read more

Two New Programs for PIDA Members in 2015.
The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession and Sales Professional Negotiation, both led by Don Buttrey, with dates in August, September and November. Your sales professionals will learn practical skills, pick up useful tools, and discover fundamental disciplines that are essential for a successful sales team. Learn more about these programs.

PIDA and APPA Partner for the 1st Annual Pet Industry Management Conference & Supplier Trade Show. January 18-21, 2016, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ. PIDA and APPA have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind event for the pet industry. Combining the best elements of the PIDA Management Conference with the scope and size of APPA, the Pet Industry Management Conference & Supplier Trade Show will be the annual event that helps shape the future of the pet industry.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Global Pet Expo, the Pet Industry's Largest Annual Trade Show, Has a Record-Setting Year Andrew Darmohraj, Executive Vice President and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce Global Pet Expo 2015 experienced record setting attendance and new product launches during the three-day show. Presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), the Show opened its doors to more than 311,300 net square feet of exhibit space, making it the biggest Global Pet Expo in its eleven years. There was an increase in growth across the board as Global Pet Expo featured 6,061 buyers in attendance, an 8.3 percent increase over last year, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 1,051 exhibitors and 3,113 booths sold - the highest post-show numbers to date. Total show attendance came to nearly 15,500 people.
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Retailer Excellence Honored at Global Pet Expo. Odyssey Pets, Loyal Biscuit Co. and Kriser's Natural Pet took the top honors at the fourth-annual Retailer Excellence Awards presentation at Global Pet Expo, which was sponsored by Coastal Pet Products. The awards ceremony was part of the Pet Industry Breakfast and was hosted by Global Pet Expo and Pet Business magazine on March 5. The Retailer Excellence Awards recognize outstanding independent pet specialty retailers in a variety of categories, including: - See more

Pets in the Classroom Program Provides 50,000 Classrooms with Educational Grants. The Pet Care Trust is pleased to announce that it has provided over 50,000 teachers with classroom pets and the benefits they provide through its Pets in the Classroom grant program, impacting the lives of approximately 2.5 million students. With a goal of introducing 5 million children in 100,000 classrooms* to pets and the benefits they provide, the Pet Care Trust has surpassed the half-way point of its goal and is continuing to help teachers impact future generations through its grant program.
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New Survey Demonstrates the Health Benefits of Pets. A recent survey conducted by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), reveals 97% of Doctors Believe There Are Health Benefits to Owning a Pet Results Show. Additionally, 75% of Doctors said patients' health Improved as the Result of Getting a Pet. Learn more

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