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Pet Connections Expo Announces 2019 Speakers

The event takes place Oct. 15-16 at the NJ Convention & Expo Center.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Pet Connections Expo has announced its education lineup and speakers.

The event takes place at the NJ Convention & Expo Center from Oct. 15-16. This year’s focus will continue to be on topics that are most important to independent pet retailers. The event will bring together pet industry buyers and suppliers to the Northeast, from around the entire country.

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“We are happy to be bringing our 2019 program to New Jersey and the opportunity to further our reach to retailers to participate before the busy holiday season. We are excited about our lineup of speakers and the vast experiences that these industry visionaries will contribute to the program. In addition to the main-stage speakers, we have a number of great Campfire Sessions throughout the two days that will certainly help retailers to succeed and grow their businesses,” said Bill Doherty, ICDevents president and show director.

This year’s programming includes many main-stage speakers and being kicked off on Oct. 15 with Paul Allen, Woof Gang Bakery, followed by Joe Zuccarello, Paragon School of Grooming. Both Allen and Zuccarello will be speaking about business opportunities independent retailers have by adding services, such as grooming, into their establishments. An Interactive Panel, Half the Bark… Twice The Bite!, moderated by Antoine Seailles of Pet Food Experts, will begin an open discussion on Ways to Success- fully Compete with Big Retail & Online, Despite Limited Budgets & Resources, immediately before the show floor opens. Pet retailers are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas.

The use of pet products containing cannabis and cannabis derivatives, including CBD, is one of the hottest topics in the pet industry today. Pet Connections Expo covers this topic with a lively panel discussion moderated by Bill Bookout, founder and CEO, National Animal Supplement Council, entitled Essential Considerations Before You Add CBD Products. Bookout commented, “This timely topic will include a panel of retailers who will share their experiences, discuss what questions they received from customers, and talk about the obstacles they had to overcome when they started offering CBD products. Most importantly, they will discuss how one of the biggest trends in years is changing their businesses and allowed them to compete more strongly with the big stores and online giants.”

Dave Ratner is back by popular demand with a presentation entitled Creating Customer Love, How to Get and Keep LOYAL Customers. This presentation will make sure your existing customers not only come back but also tell their friends to shop in your stores. Ratner commented, “I have built a pretty successful business concentrating on making sure my existing customers not only come back but tell their friends to shop in my stores. You will learn how I do it and how you can adapt my practices to your business. As a passionate crusader for indie retailers, I am thrilled to be speaking at Pet Connections Expo with some of the other truly great retail representatives throughout the country. It is an honor to share my experiences, successes, and failures with the attendees at this conference.”

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Jim Ackerman, marketing coach, will be offering ways to grow your business. According to Ackerman, “There are just a handful of foundational or cornerstone marketing principles that invariably govern the success of your marketing and advertising efforts. Unfortunately, very few independent pet business owners come to the table with a working understanding of those principles, and it hand- cuffs their ability to grow and thrive. I’ll be revealing and explaining these key principles at Pet Connections Expo, as will a formidable cadre of colleagues in an intriguing panel discussion. For growth- seeking pet business owners, none of these sessions should be missed.”

Using traditional Chinese medicine food therapy principles, veterinarian Judy Morgan will guide retailers on how to recommend the best foods to help individual pet needs. Having this information will make you stand out in the pet retail space. “Independent pet retailers need to be armed with ammunition that will help them stay ahead of online retailers. Pet Connections Expo will provide invaluable re- sources, including a panel of pet industry professionals with decades of experience. Understanding client needs and concerns from a veterinary perspective can give a competitive edge,” Morgan said.

Pet Connections Expo will be introducing a new 2-1⁄2-hour Boot Camp for Independent Pet Retailers, Tactical Lessons to Drive More Sales this Holiday Season, facilitated by Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group. This session will kick off the second day of the show on Oct. 16 and be filled with easy-to-implement strategies that all businesses should be doing to drive more sales for the holiday season … and beyond. Attendees will leave with a list of simple things that every business owner/manager must do to compete with national chains and own their local markets.

Switanowski commented, “I’m thrilled to be speaking at Pet Connections Expo — at such an important time of year and at such an important business building show. The cost is free to attend, and the marketing lessons presented during the Boot Camp are focused on helping businesses maximize fourth-quarter sales, with actionable tips and tactics to be used immediately, and for years to come.”

In its third year, Pet Connections Expo is a trade-only event for pet professionals, offering free, educational sessions that help independent retailers compete with the larger brick and mortars, as well as the online giants. Buyers and suppliers from around the country attend to buy and sell products, just in time for the holiday rush, network with partners, pitch and exchange ideas, and so much more. For more information, visit petconexpo.com, twitter.com/PetConExpo and facebook.com/Petconexpo.

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Hikari Herptile: A New Line of Food Products for Reptiles at Global

Include ready-to-use gel items that will entice lizards with their natural food-like texture while providing all of the nutrients and minerals required for optimal health.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Hikari will unveil a variety of innovative new fish food and reptile food products at Global Pet Expo, booth 1735. Hikari is introducing Hikari Herptile, a line of groundbreaking food products for lizards and other reptiles. The new products include ready-to-use gel items that will entice lizards with their natural food-like texture while providing all of the nutrients and minerals required for optimal health.

All Hikari food products are uniquely created for the specific types of animals for which they are intended. Hikari Herptile features the following supplement-rich, scientifically formulated and lab-verified nutrient blends:

  • LeopaGel. Developed for Leopard Geckos and other insect-eating lizards, LeopaGel offers an appealing live food-like texture.
  • CrestGel. Ideal for the Crested Gecko and other fruit and insect-eating lizards, CrestGel has a natural food-like texture that lizards will happily attack.
  • DragonGel. DragonGel boasts a natural food-like texture that Bearded Dragons and other vegetable-eating lizards will adore.
  • Dragon Delite. This scientifically balanced nutrient mix is ideal for adult Bearded Dragons over 8 inches, and other vegetable and insect-eating lizards with larger appetites. Lizards will love the pellets’ texture, which is akin to live food.

Hikari Herptile products are designed to make the process of feeding lizards and other reptiles easier for owners, and tastier and more nutritious for pets. A 30-day supply of each product is packed in an Oxy-Stop dual format package with an easy-feed spout for proper proportion offerings — which eliminates the hassle of mixing food and dealing with odor and wasted product. Most importantly, no additional supplementation is required, as each diet provides the nutrients and minerals that reptiles need to thrive. With continued exclusive use of Hikari Herptile products, pet owners will observe a noticeable reduction in waste odor and stickiness, thereby minimizing the amount of time required to clean their reptiles’ habitats.

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K-9 Adventures ShowcasingDry Land Mushing Technology at Global

It will be at Global Pet Expo, booth 6651.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Dryland Dog Mushing is the newest sensation in active dogs and owners coming together for the ultimate exercise experience. K9 Adventures will be showcasing innovative Dryland Mushing technology, The Newest Sacco Dog Cart, at this year’s Global Pet Expo, booth 6651.

Originally started in Europe to train sled dogs in the summer months when the snow would melt; Dryland Mushing has since turned into a year-round, worldwide activity and/or sport in which a dog or team of dogs pull a human on dryland (sand, dirt, grass, rock or cool pavement). Today, local Urban and Dryland Mushing groups have become increasingly popular and meet-ups are happening through parks and nature trails around the country. With safety training and the highest quality components in place, anyone can participate in Dryland Mushing.

The Sacco Dog Cart is world renowned as Urban Mushing’s top-of-the-line foldable cart. Boasting number one in safety, comfort and durability; K-9 Adventures is offering the Sacco cart Designed By Heine Di Leggerini, Sacco International.

Features of the Sacco Dog Cart include:

  • Foldable high-grade steel chassis with an adjustable folding seat back for easy transport and storage.
  • The wheels are 24 inches with low rolling resistant tires and quick disconnecting wheel axle assembly for easy one-step wheel removal and installation.
  • All four wheels utilize hydraulic disc brakes with separate parking brake levers.
  • With a 59-inch steering radius the cart has an independent front axle with swing free steering assembly and almost 4 inches of adjustable rear wheel suspension.

“It is our goal to bring the Sacco cart into more homes and appeal to not only the mushers but to anyone who wants to adventure and spend time with their high energy dog,” expresses Steven Nornhold, CEO at K9 Adventures, “We are very excited to showcase our product at this year’s Global Pet Expo and we can’t wait to share the many benefits of Dryland Mushing and the Sacco Dog Cart with all who attend!”

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Disposable, Biodegradable Bowls Available to U.S. Retailers

They are made with bamboo fiber available for hotels and retailers to offer the growing number of pet owners.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On-the-go lifestyles and traveling pets means a need for more convenient disposable products for pet owners. Introducing First FWD, LLC’s disposable and biodegradable colorful pet feeding bowls made with bamboo fiber available for hotels and retailers to offer the growing number of pet owners. With more than 1,600 hotels that accommodate pets and many more retailers moving away from plastic, biodegradable pet bowls are a better alternative to helping the environment and peace of mind for pet owners.

First FWD, LLC (https://amzn.to/30Fr0tF) is bringing 100% biodegradable colorful pet bowls to the United States largest hotels and retailers. These pet bowls are made with bamboo fiber that easily decomposes naturally in the environment. There are six different color bowls (Light Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green, Purple and Dark Blue) that come in five different sizes (S, M, L, XL, XXL).

Like many pet owners, First FWD found that traveling with pets meant using multiple plastic bowls or using the same metal bowl throughout a week stay. Leaving a pet’s food and water bowls out for days without cleaning them runs the risk of spreading dangerous bacteria and potentially contracting a foodborne illness. Also, using multiple plastic pet bowls means more plastic pollution for the environment. The solution was to provide a biodegradable pet bowl that was stylish, colorful, functional, as well as sturdy.

The shift toward ethically disposable products is here and First FWD sought out a supplier that is economical; keeping costs affordable for hotels and retailers. Gone are the plain compostable bowls that are single use, flimsy, and boring. As well, no one wants to carry foldable plastic bowls that need to be washed every night when traveling. First FWD, LLC is the first in the United States to bring stylish and colorful biodegradable bowls that are ready for purchase in small quantities or in bulk.

Brenda Button at First FWD, LLC is North American’s Sales Representative working with all businesses to meet budget and supply. Smaller orders can be easily ordered online at: https://amzn.to/30Fr0tF. For larger orders, or a specific color, you can get a quote or sample by speaking directly with Brenda at (403) 681-7225 or 232760@email4pr.com.

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