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Nulo Barkitecture Austin Showcases Custom Doghouses to Benefit Animal Rescue

All doghouses are sold via silent auction.

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‘The Canine Capitol’ Custom Dog House by Jauregui Architecture

(PRESS RELEASE) Nulo Barkitecture Austin, celebrating its 15th year, will host a one-of-a-kind custom doghouse show and auction on Oct. 27, sponsored by the Austin pet food company, Nulo.

Nulo Barkitecture Austin raises funds for select animal advocacy/welfare groups. The event is free, open to the public and showcases an amazingly curated collection of canine cribs from some of the city’s most renowned architects, builders and interior designers.

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Some of this year’s participating Barkitects include Newcastle Homes, Studio Momentum, Big D Design, Jauregui Architect-Builder, Pfluger Architects, STG Design, StudioSIX5, Rogers O’Brien Construction, Cedar Ridge High School Design Studio, JE Dunn Construction, Studio8 Architects, S. Watts Group, Gensler, LEVY Architects, CG& S Design-Build, H+UO Architects, Meredith Owen Interiors, NatCo Woodworks, Black Sheep Unique, Tim Cuppett Architects, RisherMartin Fine Homes, Laura Britt Design, Accomplice, LaRue Architects, Elev8 Builders, STUDIOGEE Architecture, Balfour Beatty Construction, Ion Art, Ryan Companies, Driftwood General Contractors, CasaBella Architects, HEWN and Webber + Studio Architects.

A panel of esteemed celebrity judges including architect Jamie Chioco, blogger Camille Styles, Austin Home editor Madeline Hollern, Good Day Austin weekend anchor Tania Ortega, Studio 512 hosts Rosie Newberry and Stephanie Gerry will select winners in several categories while guests vote for their favorite.

All doghouses are sold via silent auction to raise funds this year’s three beneficiaries: Safe in Austin, Lone Star Doberman Rescue and Austin Pets Alive! The barkitect whose house receives the highest bid will also get to choose a beneficiary to receive the Subaru Loves Pets Award presented by Austin Subaru.

Attendees can learn about adoption/animal advocacy opportunities, shop local vendor booths, and check out the The Dogstume contest presented by Raising Cane’s, where “paw-ticipants” dressed as everything from celebrities to snacks (hot dogs anyone?) compete to win fun prizes. There will also be a BarkLounge, fur-nished by FOUR HANDS HOME, for relaxing with furry friends and fine folks over adult beverages and local fare from choice food trucks. Pet portraits will also be available from S. Robertson Pet Photography, with proceeds being donated to the event beneficiaries. Additional sponsors include Patten Title and Daltile.

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Just before the main event, Nulo Barkitecture Austin will host its Preview Party on Oct. 24. The evening will allow guests a sneak peak of 3-4 of this year’s custom doghouses in a swanky setting with craft brews and cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Topo Chico USA, tasty bites from Tacodeli and pet portraits by Zilker Bark. Tickets for the Preview Party are available on Eventbrite starting at $30. Both events include excellent silent auctions, featuring all kinds of fun items including tickets to college and professional sports games, workshops with award winning photographers, songwriting sessions with Grammy Award-winning artists, relaxing retreats and golf packages at some of Texas’ most prestigious courses.

Check out the online auction at: ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=nulo+barkitecture&_sacat=0&_sop=16

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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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Sustaining E-Commerce Growth is Critical to Future of U.S. Pet Market, Reports Packaged Facts

Shoppers are buying pet products online more than they used to.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROCKVILLE, MD — For the past few years, the Internet has been disproportionately responsible for helping to keep U.S. pet industry on a healthy growth track. Packaged Facts in the recent report U.S. Pet Market Focus: The Amazon Pet Food and Supplies Shopper, 2nd Edition estimates online sales (defined as any sales that originate online) of pet products at $11.4 billion in 2019, or 21% of the market, ramping up from $9.5 billion in 2018 and $3.2 billion in 2015. Packaged Facts projects the Internet share of the pet products market will reach 26% in 2023.

“E-commerce success with pet products, primarily from Chewy and Amazon, has permanently made the pet products market omnichannel. This transformation has been sealed by current online strategies of brick-and-mortar based retailers such as PetSmart and Walmart and of specialty brands and products,” says Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle.

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Packaged Facts estimates that among pet-owning households buying pet products online, average annual spending over the Internet on these products will be approximately $744 in 2019—nearly equating to the $771 in average annual spending on pet products among U.S. pet-owning households overall.

Beyond the convenience and appeal of the Internet’s “endless aisle,” more pet owners are choosing to purchase products online because they believe the Internet can be used to save money, especially with price comparisons. Almost half (49%) of Internet shoppers for pet products strongly agree that they are looking out for lower prices, special offers, and sales, compared with 44% of pet superstore shoppers. Further, online shopping is also a way to spend money, even if ensuring good value in the process: 36% of Internet shoppers for pet products strongly agree that they are spending more on pet products than they used to, compared with 30% of pet superstore shoppers.

Not only are Internet shoppers spending more on pet products, but a high percentage strongly agree that they are buying pet products online more than they used to—43% among those buying through pet specialty websites such as Chewy.com, and 41% among those buying pet products through general websites such as Walmart.com.

“The data strongly indicates that the rising Internet share of the pet products market is not due for a leveling off in the near future,” says Sprinkle.

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PetGuard Partners with Central Pet, Adds Northeast Territory Sales Manager

Its line of pet foods will be distributed to independent pet specialty retailers by Central Pet Distribution.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PetGuard recently announced that its line of pet foods will be distributed to independent pet specialty retailers by Central Pet Distribution.

Central Pet Distribution, a subsidiary of Central Garden & Pet, is one of the largest wholesale distributors of pet products with facilities spanning the U.S.

“At PetGuard, we are constantly looking to create a sustainable long-term partnership that would help take our brand to the next level and make our products more widely available to consumers throughout the United States,” commented Tim Siedlaczek, director of sales at PetGuard. “PetGuard provides world-class nutrition for pets, and Central Pet offers world-class distribution services to match. We’re very excited for what’s in store.”

Siedlaczek also announced that Jim Gallagher has joined the growing PetGuard sales team as Northeast Territory sales manager. Gallagher is no stranger to the pet nutrition business, having most recently served as East Coast regional sales manager for the Isle of Dogs. Prior to that, he held sales management positions for Rawz Natural Pet Food and Ziwi Peak.

According to Siedlaczek, “Jim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I’m confident that he will add a lot of value to our team.” Pet retailers interested in stocking and selling PetGuard are invited to contact their Central Pet Distribution sales representative.

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Pets & Money Summit Announces Finalists for Best in Show Spotlight

The summit takes place Dec. 11.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Pets & Money Summit aims to connect pet care brands with industry executives, strategic buyers, financial buyers and retailers. The event will showcase the latest innovation disrupting the industry and explore key trends and consumer priorities, identifying actionable strategies to grow your business or secure your next acquisition target.

The summit takes place Dec. 11 in Austin, TX, and will feature more than 200 leaders from pet brands, supporting companies, strategic and financial buyers.

The Best in Show Spotlight gives 12 emerging brands the opportunity to present their products or services on the main stage in a quick-fire round of presentations.

The 12 Showcase Finalists are:

  • Anna Skaya (Base Paw)
  • Tara Zedayko (Digg Labs)
  • Zel Crampton (Diggs)
  • Shaina Denny (DogDrop)
  • Wendy Shankin-Cohen (Dr Harvey)
  • Anja Skodda (Happy Again Pet)
  • Josh Awad (Honest Paws)
  • Noora Keskievari (OneMind Dogs)
  • Woody Mawhinney (Pawlicy Advisor)
  • Meggie Williams (Skipper)
  • Leon Kruger (VetPlusMore)
  • Lisa Baronoff (Walkee Paws)

There will be over a dozen speakers to hear from, including Kellyn Grantham of Target, who will discuss strategy and what Target is looking for from a prospective partner in the pet space.

There’s still time to register. Learn more here: https://go.kisacoresearch.com/l/678123/2019-10-29/skc4

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