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PIDA, in partnership with the Association Education Alliance, announces a new sales training opportunity, "You Can Always Sell More — Are You Good Enough to Get Better?" $1,100.00 NON Members or $895.00 for PIDA Members; December 2-3, 2014 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Dallas, TX. This is not 'beginning' or 'entry level' sales training! This information-intensive sales presentation will help you take a personal inventory of your selling skills and learn new ways to maximize your selling success. You will also learn how you can implement a more competitive style and approach to successfully sell to your most important customers. (Learn more)

PIDA Releases 2014 Cross-Industry Compensation Survey
PIDA has joined together with 30 other distribution organizations in sponsoring the largest cross-industry compensation survey ever conducted. It is anticipated that approximately 1,000 firms with 8,000 locations will take part. With such a large-scale study, PIDA distributors will receive a wealth of information. Volume I of the final report will focus on the data collected for PIDA distributors as a group. Member firms can compare their compensation levels and benefit programs to other PIDA distributors. With the combination of 30 distribution groups, though, a much more powerful analysis is possible. Volume II aggregates the results of the entire sample that enables an in-depth examination of the data by both geographic area and firm sales size. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the report. Members and nonmember can purchase for a fee. Visit the online store for details.

2015 Management Conference & 47th Annual Meeting Returns to South Florida. Nothing kicks off the New Year like the return of the PIDA Management Conference. The 47th edition of PIDA’s premier event returns to familiar turf—the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida, January 26-29, 2015. The beautiful coastal resort got rave reviews from members when it hosted the 2012 PIDA meeting. The speaker lineup and schedule is now posted, and registration is open ... read more

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.

Join the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence and Insite Software for this webcast:
"The Digital Advantage: Winning Strategies for Wholesaler-Distributors and Manufacturers" on Tuesday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m. Digital tools are changing the way we work and the way that wholesaler-distributors and manufacturers serve customers, work with suppliers, and ultimately, drive profits and growth. Companies in the supply chain are evaluating and using digital tools including websites, social media, e-commerce, advanced analytics, CRM, mobility, and multichannel solutions. As adoption and use grow, finding new ways to create value and differentiate services is top of mind for business leaders. This is good news because customers, suppliers, and competitors are moving ahead and using digital tools. Distributors and manufacturers may lead, but at the very least, they must keep up.

In this webcast about digital tools, sponsored by Insite Software, NAW Author Mark Dancer will share key findings from his upcoming research study, Becoming a Digital Distributor: Strategies and Tools That Create Value, which will be published by the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence in January.

Joining Mark will be Linda Taddonio, Chief eCommerce Strategy Officer for Insite Software. Together they will share perspectives on these questions that are taken from the pages of this soon-to-be-published research study. Learn more

INDUSTRY NEWS

2015 Retail Excellence Award Nominations now being accepted. The Retailer Excellence Awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. The recipients of the Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Award will be announced during the Show's Pet Industry Breakfast held on March 5, 2015 at 8:00am at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Download the nomination form

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.

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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