Message from Steve King, PIDA President.
After 28 years of working with PIDA, I will be leaving the organization to succeed Bob Vetere as CEO of the American Pet Products Association next year. It was a difficult decision and one not taken lightly. PIDA is a wonderful organization and I have gotten to know many of you as friends and colleagues. (read 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)
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Free webinar for PIDA and APPA Members Presented by ITR Economics / Thursday, July 26, 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Join Catherine Putney, economist at ITR Economics, for a free webinar featuring an overview of where the US economy is today with a descriptive analysis of where we are headed over the course of the next few years. Catherine will dive into trends surrounding the pet industry and the drivers behind those metrics. Topics will include US Gross Domestic Product, interest rates, inflationary pressures, trade wars, and consumer saving patterns. Not only will she present quantitative data metrics but will also provide useful and relevant management objectives to take back to your business. (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 Lesson Plan Contest Going on Now. Teachers are invited to submit their share their creativity, by submitting lesson plans incorporating classroom pets to the Pets in the Classroom Program. Help The Pet Care Trust equip teachers with ideas and lesson plans that engage students in learning using classroom pets. Nominations accepted through August 1. (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)
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)