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Industry Leaders Speak on Employee Satisfaction and Your Bottom Line

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PSC has released a new video.

The Pet Sustainability Coalition has released a new video with pet industry leaders weighing in on the importance of employee satisfaction to your bottom line.

All businesses want to attract and retain top talent. And in turn, top talent wants to work for a company that is driven by a purpose that closely aligns with their own set of values.

In a recent Fast Company article, Facebook reported that the most direct indicators of satisfaction for their employees are whether they believe in the company’s future, whether they feel aligned with the company’s vision and mission, and how confident employees are that the company is making the world a better place.

Workers who are fulfilled at work deliver a wide variety of benefits to their companies including increased innovation, fewer sick days, higher productivity, lower medical costs, and higher retention rates. Businesses who are able to provide a sense of purpose at work will dominate the market moving forward.

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In a video produced by the Pet Sustainability Coalition, hear from Spencer Williams, CEO of West Paw Design, who talks about the value of empowering employees through transparency. Learn from Dennis O’Donnel from PAW5 who implemented a living wage for all employees while doubling profits. Sujan Shrestha talks about how human well-being is the lifeblood of the Himalayan Dog Chew company. And finally, icon Rebecca Hamilton from Badger Company shares how treating employees like family is good for business.

So, how healthy is your businesses when it comes to employee well-being? At the Pet Sustainability Coalition, employee well-being is one of the primary categories of sustainability performance. The organization can help you create a great place to work while enjoying measurable business benefits in the process. Coalition members get an objective look at how your business performance compares to more than 50,000 other businesses around the world. Find out more at www.petsustainability.org, and check out the video here: www.bit.ly/PSCengagingemployees

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This webinar, held on November 7, 2019, is the second in a series from PSC discussing how retailers can establish sustainable practices in their business. Moderated by PSC’s Andrea Czobor, the webinar unveils data behind the increasing consumer demand for sustainable products, what retailers have to gain from connecting with these purpose driven consumers, and a new PSC program that makes finding these products easier for retailers.

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Here’s How Much People Plan to Spend on Their Pets This Holiday Season

SunTrust conducted a poll.

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ATLANTA — Pet owners are not holding back on holiday cheer for their furry friends, a new report has found.

Half of Americans are putting their pets on their gift list, planning to spend an average of $137 on four-legged family members this holiday season, according to the SunTrust (NYSE: STI) National Financial Confidence Poll.

“For many people, pets are members of the family, so it’s expected that we would want to include them in the holiday fun,” said Brian Nelson Ford, financial well-being executive at SunTrust. “Our studies show that the holiday season often comes with pressure to overspend. Gifts for pets, friends, neighbors and other obligations can add to the pressure when the spending is unplanned. It’s important to be upfront about what we care about, and build our holiday spending plan to enjoy the memory-making moments of the holidays.”

In the timeless debate of cats versus dogs, the survey finds that dog owners are significantly more likely to buy a gift for their furry friend (59%) compared to cat owners (34%). What are they giving? The most common selections are new treats and toys (65% and 61%, respectively), followed by holiday clothing (19%). Younger pet owners are significantly more likely to buy their pets a gift this season, leading with Gen Z (63%) and millennials (57%), followed by Gen X and Boomers (51% and 46%, respectively).

The SunTrust National Financial Confidence Poll is fielded quarterly and is representative of the U.S. adult population, with 2,500 participating Americans of different ages, incomes and geographic regions. Statistics referenced in this release are from the poll fielded in Q3 2019. The survey defines Gen Z as those born from 1997 on, millennials as those born between 1981 and 1997, Gen Xers as those born between 1965 and 1980, and Boomers as those born between 1946 and 1964.

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Video: Bush Service Dog Honored with Life-Size Statue — Take a Look

It was unveiled in College Station, TX.

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A statue has been unveiled honoring a service dog that assisted President George H.W. Bush.

The life-size bronze piece was commissioned by America’s VetDogs, Inside Edition reports. Created by Susan Bahary, it went on display at Bush’s presidential library in College Station, TX.

The dog, Sully H.W. Bush, is a yellow labrador trained to perform a wide variety of tasks, including answering the phone and fetching items. A year ago he flew with the presidential casket, accompanying the former president’s body from Houston to Washington.

The dog “looked impressed by his likeness,” according to Inside Edition.

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Pet Food Company to Launch with $5.6M in Funding

Investors include Will Smith and other celebrities.

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LOS ANGELES — Direct-to-consumer pet wellness brand Jinx is launching with $5.65 million in funding from high-profile investors such as Will Smith and family, rapper NAS, singer Halsey, late-night host and YouTube star Lilly Singh, TV host and former NFL hall-of-famer Michael Strahan and soccer star Daniel Sturridge.

The brand will officially launch in January at www.ThinkJinx.com, with future expansion plans into retail.

Jinx “will offer a nutritionally comprehensive and calorically balanced kibble and treat lines made with high-quality ingredients and proprietary formulas that eliminate artificials and fillers, and use only the best proteins and superfoods – starting with Organic Chicken and a medley of powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” according to a press release.

Jinx was founded by former Casper mattress executives Sameer Mehta and Michael Kim. It’s led by CEO Terri Rockovich.

“You are not a caveman, and your dog is not a wolf. Our dogs have evolved and have lifestyles full of doggie playdates, trips to the park, long naps and human cuddles,” Rockovich said. “Jinx is inspired by a modern perspective on advanced nutrition that will help our dogs sustain their healthy, advanced lifestyles.”

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The investment in Jinx was led by Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, with participation from Align Ventures, Brand Foundry, Sinai Ventures, Wheelhouse Group, &vest and NQV8.

“The pet industry is on track to exceed $75 billion this year, fueled by millennial pet owners,” Ohanian said. “They’re spending more on pet food than any other generation and even delaying life milestones to care for their pets. Now is the time for a brand like Jinx.”

 

 

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