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Pet Store Pro Expands Customer Service Curriculum.
To help independent retailers capture the loyalty of customers who might otherwise shop online or at big-box stores, Pet Store Pro (, the FREE employee training program developed by the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), will add several new courses to its online curriculum in 2019. (learn more)

New Webinar from ITR Economics
The Coming Great Depression, with Brian and Alan Beaulieu, CEO and President of ITR Economics on Thursday, July 18, 2 pm EDT. The road to the Great Depression will be interesting in and of itself, with many opportunities and changes presenting themselves. Business leaders need to be planning now for those changes, as we all seek to maximize profit and enterprise value. (learn more)

PIDA Elects New Officers and Directors.
Jeff Boyd, President of Lee Mar Pet in Vista California, was elected Chairman of the Board during PIDA's annual business meeting in San Antonio Texas. Other officers elected to serve in 2019 are Rob Chouinard, Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, Easton, PA, as Vice Chairman and Ryan Judge, Southeast Pet as Secretary-Treasurer. Keith Bornholtz, Central Pet Distribution, Walnut Creek, CA and Lloyd Campbell, AFCO Distribution, Spokane Valley, WA were elected to serve three-year terms as a directors. They join board members Peter Reid, Marshall Pet Products, Wolcott, NY, Clancy Lavins, Animal Supply Company, Orville, OH and Eric Zeigler, Zeigler's Distributor Inc, Lebanon, PA.

Sales Professional Training Camps for PIDA Members.
The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession training camp is the practical, career-changing sales training you have been looking for! (learn more)

Exclusive programs available to PIDA members webinars, publications and discount programs. Listen to webinars on-demand from ITR Economics, and register for upcoming programs through the members only web portal. Login is required. (learn more)

PIDA Distributors Deliver!
PIDA Distributor members recently participated in an industry size survey reporting the impact of pet product distribution on the industry. (View infographic)


Pets in the Classroom Announces Habitat Contest Winners. Winning entries are posted to the website. (read more)

Record Number of Buyers, Booths and Exhibitors Reported at the 15th Annual Global Pet Expo The Pet Industry’s Premier Event, held March 20-22, in Orlando, FL, shattered projected numbers across the board with more than 17,000 attendees. (learn more)

Therapy Dogs Improve Social Behaviors in Psychiatrically Hospitalized Youth with Autism First-of-its-Kind HABRI-Funded Study Shows Animal-Assisted Activity Improves Communication in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder . (read more)

The new PLC Giving Network in partnership with and Rescue Bank is now LIVE! This portal helps maximize assistance from our generous pet care community to animal shelters, sanctuaries and rescue groups across the country. (read more)

Americans Are Spending More on Pets Than Ever Before: $72 Billion. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) releases annual industry-wide spending figures at Global Pet Expo in March 2019. Pet care spending in 2018 reached a record-breaking high of $72.56 billion compared to $69.51 billion in 2017, an increase of over 4 percent. (learn more)



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