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More Reptiles, Please … and More of Your Letters for November

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More Reptiles, Please

We love PETS+ and always will. The design of the magazine is top-notch. As a specialty store, we are always looking for more press in our target market, reptiles and aquariums, and would hope there are X number of pages consistently dedicated to this market in every issue. Robert Smith, Jungle Bob’s Reptile World, Selden, NY

Tariff Pressures

Vendors are pressuring small stores to “get your orders in now” in response to the new tariffs on Chinese goods. Will the manufacturers be passing the same 10 percent increase to big-box stores? It is my assumption that most people don’t have an emergency fund set for bulk buying because of new tariffs. The big question on all small business owners’s minds: What do you do in this situation? Raise prices? Eat the increase? Bulk-buy now? Most retail pet store owners I speak with already make minimal profit on cages to get the pets good homes and stay competitive with online monsters like Amazon and Walmart. How will the retailers battle this small margin product taking a 10 percent increase or possibly more? I seriously believe that if online retailers eat the increase or don’t get one you will find more and more brick-and-mortar stores thin their inventory of cages as they are not a big winner for us as a whole anyway and require huge commitments of space and financial resources. Sal Salafia, Exotic Pet Birds, Webster, NY

On Top of Things

Your daily email bulletins have provided me with information before my distribution reps found out. I always like to be on top of things, and they have really helped. Love the webinars and have learned much from them. James Henline, Asheville Pet Supply, Asheville, NC

Valuable for Staff

My team checks our mailbox daily, and rarely do they look at other pet magazines. Every time PETS+ arrives, I find them looking through it and showing me products/stories. I love that they have found this magazine and community valuable! Kara Holland, Pittsboro Pet Supply, Pittsboro, NC

Instant Feedback

I’m still pretty new to PETS+, but I love having the Facebook group for instant updates and the ability to ask other members questions and get instant feedback. Myra Tsung, Camp Kitty, Decatur, GA




NASC Media Spotlight

At first it was just an idea: Animal supplements needed the same quality control that human-grade supplements receive. But that was enough to start a movement and an organization —the National Animal Supplement Council — that would be dedicated to establishing a comprehensive path forward for the animal supplements industry. In this Media Spotlight interview, NASC’s president, Bill Bookout, talks to PETS+ interviewer Chloe DiVita about the industry today: Where it’s headed, what’s the latest focus and why it’s vital to gain the involvement of independent pet product retailers.

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