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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)

How Decision-Making Styles Determine Success. A recent study conducted for the Pet Industry Distributors Association revealed a close correlation between business success and how a retailer gathers business intelligence. (learn more)

Pet Industry Leadership Conference Gives Back. was presented with a check in the amount of $6,700 for support of people and their pets during the general session of the Pet Industry Leadership Conference. Members of APPA, PIDA, PIJAC and WPA contributed through the Associations Give Back program. John Kane, Development Director for Rescue Bank accepted the donation on behalf of (learn more)

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)

Unleash "The Power of D, Growth Through Distribution" through PIDA's aggressive new marketing program.
Originally introduced more than a decade ago, the revitalized program features a new brochure, accompanying videos, articles and case studies available at All are designed to help PIDA members explain the value that wholesaler distributors bring to the pet product channel. (learn 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)

Global Pet Expo Academy is the show that means business all year long, continuing a webinar series featuring speakers from the 2018 Global Pet Expo Academy. These free webinars will bring you expert advice on all aspects of your business, including marketing, business development, inventory management, staff training and development, finance and visual merchandising (read more)

Pets in the Classroom Seeking Sponsors. Do you believe in the value of pets and the positive impact they can have on children? If you know of a specific teacher or school that you would like to provide with a classroom pet, the Pet Care Trust would like to assist you in making that possible. Simply fill out the form by clicking on the button below. Your donation may be tax deductible. Pets in the Classroom will contact your chosen school or teacher to provide them with the grant information. (learn 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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