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The Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) is pleased to announce that it has selected Celeste Powers, CAE, as its new President. She will begin her tenure as the association's chief staff executive on November 5, 2018. Powers will succeed Steve King, who departs PIDA in early January to assume the role of CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA). (learn more)

Happy Anniversary PIDA & APPA! PIDA celebrates 50 years and APPA celebrates 60 years in 2018. Both associations celebrated this milestone at Global Pet Expo. (learn more)

NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence Announces Optimizing Human Capital Development: A Distributor's Guide To Building Sustainable Competitive Advantage Through Talent Strategy — the first research study and accompanying wall map to provide a pathway to achieve business excellence by maximizing a distributor's human capital potential. Please go to or call 202.872.0885 to learn more and order copies.

2018 Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guides Available. These guides are specifically developed for the unique needs of distribution and manufacturing communities. This 28th edition, is designed to assist with the evaluation, comparison and analyzation of various software products to find the best fit for your organization. To request a free copy, send an email to

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019 PET INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. Register today for the pet care community's annual leadership summit. Join members of APPA, PIDA, PIJAC and WPA in San Antonio this January. (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)

UID 2018 Sees Record-Breaking Attendance. A record number of attendees traveled to Indianapolis to attend the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) — March 11-14 at the beautiful JW Marriott Indianapolis. For the fifth year in a row, UID saw record-breaking attendance, with 617 attendees participating from around the world. Save the Date for next year, which will be March 10-13, 2019. (learn more)


Pets in the Classroom Habitat Contest Underway. The Pets in the Classroom program announces it's 2018 Habitat Contest. Teachers are encouraged to submit photos of their classroom pet in their habitat for a chance to win a $100 visa gift card. Contest ends December 10, 2018 (read more)

Global Pet Expo 2018 successfully wrapped its 14th Show with record-setting size during the three-day Premier Industry Event. Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), boasted a Show Floor spanning 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of attendees and booths. Global Pet Expo, where the pet industry met All Under One Roof, experienced impressive growth in the number of exhibiting companies with 1,164, up three percent from 2017, with 272 first-time exhibitors making their debut at the Show. (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)

HABRI-funded study shows service dogs are associated with lower PTSD symptoms among war veterans. A preliminary study led by researchers in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has shown that overall symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are lower among war veterans with service dogs. The pilot study was co-funded by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Bayer Animal Health. (read more)

2017 U.S. Pet Spending Highest to Date. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 2017 broke new records for pet spending in the United States. Last year, Americans spent over $69 billion on pets, an increase of 4% over 2016's $66 billion. Of that, pet food sales continue to account for the biggest portion, with over $29 billion spent. Veterinary care represented the second biggest portion at over $17 billion and is the fastest growing segment, having grown 7% in the past year. (learn more)



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