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PIDA Elects New Officers & Directors.
Scott Rath, Central Garden & Pet, Santa Fe Springs, California, was elected as chairman of the PIDA Board of Directors during the association’s annual Management Conference in January. ... read more

Two New Programs for PIDA Members in 2015.
The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession and Sales Professional Negotiation, both led by Don Buttrey, with dates in August, September and November. Your sales professionals will learn practical skills, pick up useful tools, and discover fundamental disciplines that are essential for a successful sales team. Learn more about these programs.

2015 University of Innovative Distribution registration now open. The newly named University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, including PIDA, 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 and register.

Visit PIDA in Booth 2301 at Global Pet Expo, March 4-6, in Orlando, Florida. Meet Global Pet Expo Academy speakers. See the latest releases from Pet Store Pro, and get a hands-on demonstration of this powerful training tool. Visit with the association staff and learn more about membership and programs offered by PIDA.


1st Annual Pet Industry Management Conference & Supplier Trade Show. January 18-21, 2016, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ. PIDA and APPA have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind event for the pet industry. Combining the best elements of the PIDA Management Conference with the scope and size of APPA, the Pet Industry Management Conference & Supplier Trade Show will be the annual event that helps shape the future of the pet industry.

Pets in the Classroom Program Provides 50,000 Classrooms with Educational Grants. The Pet Care Trust is pleased to announce that it has provided over 50,000 teachers with classroom pets and the benefits they provide through its Pets in the Classroom grant program, impacting the lives of approximately 2.5 million students. With a goal of introducing 5 million children in 100,000 classrooms* to pets and the benefits they provide, the Pet Care Trust has surpassed the half-way point of its goal and is continuing to help teachers impact future generations through its grant program.
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2015 Global Pet Expo Buyer Registration Now Available. Registration for the 2015 Global Pet Expo is now open. The 2014 Show featured 985 exhibitors, 2,896 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 5,597 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. Visit the website for more details.

The 2015 Global Pet Expo Academy, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Pet Store Pro includes 29 educational sessions that you can attend for free when you pre-register. Every Global Pet Expo Academy session is jam-packed with useful tips and expert advice gleaned from the experiences of today’s most successful pet retailers. Instructors include many of pet retailing’s best-known and most-admired authorities in marketing, merchandising, operations, finance and technology. Sessions are free to pre-registrants and $20 on site — seating is limited. View entire session schedule and register by clicking here.

Study Finds Increase in Pet Ownership Numbers Due to Classroom Pets
Programs like Pets in the Classroom are positively influencing children and leading to more family pets
While the value of classroom pets has always been clear to organizations like the Pet Care Trust, a new study released this April confirms it: Classroom pets have a positive influence on children's attitudes towards pets, to the point where having pets in the classroom has led to an increase in pets in the home... read more



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