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THE FUTURE STARTS HERE - Registration for the 1st Annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference is now open. This highly anticipated new conference combines the best elements of PIDA's annual meeting and the Top2Top conference with the scope and size of APPA. This event will bring all stakeholders together for the first time to address the critical issues facing your business. Join other leading executives from sectors including manufacturing, distributing, livestock breeding and wholesaling, and retail to hear world-class speakers deliver experience and knowledge to help you advance your business. Be a part of the inaugural conference that will help define a new beginning for the pet industry. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Registration is Now Open for the 2016 University of Innovative Distribution, March 6-9, 2016. Since 1994, the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) has been a renowned educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale-distribution industry. The faculty of the University of Innovative Distribution features renowned wholesale-distribution though-leaders, including university professors, industry experts, authors and consultants. Learn more at

Sales Professional Training Opportunities for PIDA Members.
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.


Global Pet Expo, the Pet Industry's Largest Annual Trade Show, Has a Record-Setting Year Andrew Darmohraj, Executive Vice President and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce Global Pet Expo 2015 experienced record setting attendance and new product launches during the three-day show. Presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), the Show opened its doors to more than 311,300 net square feet of exhibit space, making it the biggest Global Pet Expo in its eleven years. There was an increase in growth across the board as Global Pet Expo featured 6,061 buyers in attendance, an 8.3 percent increase over last year, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 1,051 exhibitors and 3,113 booths sold - the highest post-show numbers to date. Total show attendance came to nearly 15,500 people. ... read more

New Survey Demonstrates the Health Benefits of Pets. A recent survey conducted by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), reveals 97% of Doctors Believe There Are Health Benefits to Owning a Pet Results Show. Additionally, 75% of Doctors said patients' health Improved as the Result of Getting a Pet. ... learn more

Pets in the Classroom Announces Curriculum Contest. Teachers with classroom are invited to share their creativity and lesson plans incorporating classroom pets with Pets in the Classroom in an effort to equip teachers with ideas and lesson plans that engage students in learning using classroom pets. Now through July 22nd, teachers can submit lesson plan ideas that center around the use of small classroom pets. Entries will be accepted in the form of worksheets, photos, PP presentations, fliers, or any written lesson plans. The winner of each category (PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8) will win a $100 gift card! ... read more

Retailer Excellence Honored at Global Pet Expo. Odyssey Pets, Loyal Biscuit Co. and Kriser's Natural Pet took the top honors at the fourth-annual Retailer Excellence Awards presentation at Global Pet Expo, which was sponsored by Coastal Pet Products. The awards ceremony was part of the Pet Industry Breakfast and was hosted by Global Pet Expo and Pet Business magazine on March 5. The Retailer Excellence Awards recognize outstanding independent pet specialty retailers in a variety of categories. ... see more



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