It’s a boutique trade show.

(Press Release) NEW YORK – Mark your calendar and save the date because the sixth annual NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo is back for more pet industry fun. This boutique B2B tradeshow will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 1-6 p.m. at Home Studio Inc. near Union Square Park. Hosted once again by Nancy Hassel of American Pet Professionals and Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR, the upcoming NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo will feature new products for 2018.

Media, pet retailers, groomers, veterinarians and and pet influencers will join together to learn about the latest pet products on the market. Press and pet celebrities will be in attendance along with retailers traveling from places including Boston, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Long Island to see and shop for products for their pet stores. In addition, Hassel and Humphrey announced Pet Age Magazine as this year's Presenting Media Sponsor. Pet Age Magazine has been a supporter and sponsor since the first expo, in 2014.

Over the years, the pet industry has experienced continuous, unprecedented growth. Early this March, The American Pet Products Association announced that the overall spending in the pet industry has surpassed previous spending by more than $6 billion. With over 84.6 million pet-owning households in the US (about 68 percent of total households), it's safe to say that people love caring for and living with four-legged companions.

“Pet owners today have a parenting attitude towards their pets. In fact, the humanization of pets has become a global trend,” Humphrey said. “Because more people feel that their animals are part of their human family, they provide for them as they would other members of their household. This trend has most certainly influenced pet-buying preferences, which is why higher-quality products are in demand.”

In previous years, NYC Re-tails & Sales vendors have showcased products such as luxurious beds, nutritious food and treats, top-of-the-line grooming supplies, beautiful jewelry, stylish collars, durable leashes and innovative pet technology. This year, retailers will have the opportunity to participate in two educational sessions before the event. A few other surprises are in store as well!

May is declared National Pet Month, a time to celebrate the importance of pets and pet ownership, and the first full week in May is National Pet Week, which is dedicated to celebrating the four-legged friends that enrich our lives each and every day. The NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo event is the perfect way to kick-off this special week and month long occasion.

“Each year, the NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo has a bigger and better turnout than the year before,” Hassel said. “We love to watch participants network and establish connections in a fun, laid-back but business focused atmosphere. We hope to see you there!”