Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pet Trade Shows

It's trade show season for the pet industry. This list will be updated throughout the year as schedules are finalized and websites go online, so bookmark it and check back.

Global Pet Expo 2008
Feb 14-16, San Diego, California
Presented by the top industry manufacturers and distributors' trade organizations, over 800 companies will launch pet products at this show.

H.H. Backer Spring 2008 Trade Show
May 16-18, Baltimore, Maryland
Traditionally in Atlantic City, show organizers moved this event to Baltimore, citing improved logistics and metropolitan city services for the participants.

Interzoo 2008
May 22-25, Nurnberg, Germany
Floor space is already 85% sold as of this post date. This biennial international pet trade show drew almost 1,300 companies from 56 nations in 2006, and 2008 should be even better.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Dog Friendly Cars

These days, consumers are taking pets into consideration when making large purchasing decisions, and the market has responded.

Last year, home and garden stores and catalogues, as well as custom home builders, ramped up marketing to pet owners, and now, a new company helps dog owners buy a new car.

DogCars.com reviews new automobiles from a dog owners perspective. Dog friendly cars tend to be roomy: SUVs, trucks, wagons, hatchbacks and crossovers, and there are some pleasant surprises on the site like the Suzuki Forenza and Honda Fit reviews.

Surveys indicate up to 50% of dog owners consider a pet's needs when buying a new car.

[Update Jan 2008] DogCars.com is seeking advertisers for its new website. Check them out to reach a niche market of high income pet owners in the market for a new car.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Handmade Leather Dog Collars

A small company poised for growth is Paco Collars. Run by leather artisans and dog owners, they create and sell custom and handmade leather dog collars. These collars are beautiful but also highly functional, with tapered neck widths for smaller dogs and multiple sturdy leash attachments. Each order is handmade to each dog's specifications and takes 6-8 weeks for delivery. The company also sells leashes that match the collar in color, leather and brass or silver hardware.

The depth of commitment to the human-animal bond (and to the customer) is on display, from the initial order process to a lifetime guarantee on parts. When the dog passes the company can make the collar into a bracelet for the owner.

When asked who's buying these expensive collars, founder Ana Poe responded, "The one really interesting trend that we've found in our sales is that there is no one demographic that's buying. When we think we've got the consumer pegged, there's a whole new crop of people that surprise us.  Rich, poor, young, old, you name it and they're buying."

Maybe this widespread appeal is why a Paco Collar was recently spotted in a television ad for Proctor & Gamble's Febreze air fresheners.

It seems Paco Collars is well-positioned in the pet industry as it moves forward. By offering premium, well-designed, custom products to pet parents across demographic groups, the company is aligned with core trends in spending and consumer behavior.

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