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PIDA Celebrates 50 Years in Orlando This March!
2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and the 60th Anniversary of the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Members are invited to join the celebration in Orlando during Global Pet Expo at a special reception on Thursday, March 22 at 6:00pm. An RSVP is required to attend. RSVP by Thursday, February 22 online.

2018 Pet Industry Leadership Conference welcomed 275 attendees to Southwest Florida for the 3rd annual joint conference with members from APPA, PIDA, PIJAC and WPA. Keynote speakers included an economic update from Brian Beaulieu of ITR Economics, an inspiring presentation by Tedx superstar Mel Robbins, Cybersecurity expert Brian Williams, and a powerful story from Jim Platzer with Leader Dogs for the Blind. Photo highlights available online.

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)

University of Innovative Distribution March 11-14, 2018 / Indianapolis, IN
The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. 2018 marks the 25th year that UID has been serving the supply chain. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation of Purdue University. Working together, these groups take great pride in providing a superior learning experience. (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)


2018 Global Pet Expo —the Show That Means Business features more than 1,000 companies from around the world showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. The Show features 16 football fields' worth of pet products, more than 3,000 product-launches and 270 first-time exhibiting companies. Ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine, the Show has also grown in recent years with added special sections including the "International Pavilion," "Natural Pet," "Boutique," "Everything Aquatic," and "What's New!". (learn more)

Global Pet Expo Academy Introduces Webinar Series featuring speakers that you will see at the 2018 Global Pet Expo Academy seminars in Orlando, March 20-23. 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 recently announced the winners of the annual Lesson Plan Contest, The Pet Care Trust invited teachers from pre-k through9th grade to submit their lesson plans built around their classroom pets. Winners and their plans are posted on the program website, (learn more)

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) launch Human Animal Bond Certification Course for practicing veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary practice managers. HABRI co-founders Zoetis and Petco are premier sponsors for the Human-Animal Bond Certification course, along with PetSmart Charities, reflecting their longstanding commitment to scientific research and education on the healing power of the human-animal bond. Read full story

Global Pet Care Sales Up 14% Since 2012. The global pet care industry grew 14% between 2012 and 2017 according to a recent statement from Paula Flores, the head of pet care research for market research firm Euromonitor International. The 14% growth figure represents $13 billion in increased sales, for a total of $109 billion in sales in 2017. (read more)



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