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Woof Gang Bakery Awards Outstanding Franchises

It honors top franchisees in six categories, including the highest achievement “millionaires club”.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Woof Gang Bakery awarded top honors to exceptional franchises during the company’s national convention in Orlando, FL, in March. The company held its annual national meeting concurrent with Global Pet Expo to amplify the on-site resources, education and support for franchisees.

“This year was our most successful national convention with more than 240 franchise owners and guests in attendance,” said Paul Allen, president and CEO of Woof Gang Bakery. “It is an incredible experience to bring together the amazing people who have made Woof Gang Bakery the leader in specialty pet retail. We are awestruck by the talents and dedication of our franchise owners who work diligently to build their businesses and the Woof Gang Bakery brand.”

The remarkable Woof Gang Bakery franchises include:

Millionaires Club

The Millionaires Club is awarded to franchises with annual gross sales of $1 million or more.

Woof Gang Bakery Cary and Woof Gang Bakery Raleigh, NC — franchise owners Elise and Michael Morales

Elise and Michael have done a spectacular job building two of the best stores in the Woof Gang Bakery system, each achieving the annual million-dollar mark. Their entrepreneurial spirit is unmatched. Impressively, they also have opened a new store in Shiloh, North Carolina, and have another store under construction in Apex, North Carolina.

Woof Gang Bakery Midland, TX — franchise owners Brenda and Iram Molinar

Open for only two years, Brenda and Iram have built their business quickly at a strong and steady pace, and work daily to continue that growth. They implement brand standards with excellence and are eager to share best practices.

Woof Gang Bakery The Villages, FL — franchise owners Beth and Woody Whitcomb

With two stores in The Villages, Beth and Woody have realized unparalleled growth. They are active in the community, highly regarded by their customers, and they are innovators and leaders in the Woof Gang Bakery system.

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Franchise of the Year

  • Woof Gang Bakery Fleming Island, FL — Mary and Pete Hardin

Woof Gang Bakery awards Franchise of the Year based on criteria including business growth, passion for the brand, customer service and ongoing contribution to the franchise system. Mary and Pete excel in each of these areas. They work tirelessly to cultivate their business, grow sales and help other franchisees. Last year, the Fleming Island store had sales in excess of $800 per square foot, which far exceeds typical retail revenue. In 2019, they will double the size of Woof Gang Bakery Fleming Island and open a second location in the same market.

Outstanding Grooming Store

  • Woof Gang Bakery SouthPark, NC — Arti Jethwa and Sara Giruzzi

With the highest year-over-year growth in grooming, Arti and Sara’s achievement is due to their commitment to quality and a philosophy of always putting their customers and pets first. In addition to the SouthPark location, they also have very successful neighborhood stores serving their local communities in Wakefield and Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Outstanding Retail Store

  • Woof Gang Bakery Las Vegas, NV — Chin Li and Richard Hansen

Taking ownership of their store in 2017, Chin Li and Richard have done a fantastic job of building a tremendous retail business. They have excelled at overcoming challenges, boosting sales performance and focusing on success. They are getting ready to lend their ownership expertise to a second location, with a new store opening in Skye Canyon in northwest Las Vegas.

Outstanding New Store

  • Woof Gang Bakery Richmond, TX — Sharon and Chris Taor

Opening in late 2017, Sharon and Chris Taor launched their business quickly and capably. They have rapidly established their store as a local leader in everything pet-related. This year, they will double the size of their store in Richmond, Texas.

Most Improved Franchise

  • Woof Gang Bakery South Tampa, FL — Bianca Souza

Bianca works tirelessly within the South Tampa pet community. She builds connections and serves her customers with care and dedication.

To learn more, visit woofgangbakery.com.

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Gott Pet Products Welcomes New Inside Sales Rep

She brings 15 years of experience to her new role.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gott Pet Products, manufactures of Charlee Bear dog treats and Hound & Gatos natural food for pets, has announced that Gina Schlueter has joined the team as its inside sales and customer care representative. Schlueter brings 15 years of experience to her new role, which includes managing customer service duties as well as working closely with the supply chain.

Schluter, who holds an associate’s degree in supply chain management from Milwaukee Area Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Green Bay, is a certified continuous improvement manager.

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Prior to joining Gott Pet Products, she served as a special projects manager and supply chain manager for Malteurop, where she was responsible for planning, developing, managing and implementing the department’s standards and operating procedures, in addition to managing the procurement, customer service and logistics team.

At Gott Pet Products, Schlueter hopes to improve the internal processes and provide a better customer experience from order to delivery. When it comes to customer service and supply chain, her goal is to not only set processes in place but also document these processes for future improvement. Schluter is most excited about working with the new product introduction team, including opportunities to grow and launch new products. She is also eager to work closely with the sales team, by providing them with the support and tools they need to hit their markets more aggressively.

“Gina brings with her a great deal of knowledge and experience, and we’re excited to have her join the Gott Pet Products family,” says Patrick McGarry, general manager of Gott Pet Products. “I’m confident she will add a lot of value and make our processes more turnkey thanks to her unique ideas.”

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Pet Product Innovations Features Zen Clipper Precise at SuperZoo

It will be giving demos to show how simple the clippers are to use.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Pet Product Innovations will feature its worry-free nail trimmer, Zen Clipper Precise at SuperZoo and will be giving demos to show how simple the clippers are to use.

PPI’s Zen Clipper Precise is a game-changing product that will give pet parents the confidence and peace of mind they deserve while trimming their pet’s nails thanks to its unique feature that “Clips the Tip, Not the Quick!”

Features of the Zen Clipper Precise include:

  • First and only adjustable nail clipper that’s safe, even when your pet moves.
  • The adjustable blade limits that amount of nail being clipped.
  • Made from high-quality stainless steel for a long-lasting, sharp-clipping edge and blades.
  • The cushioned non-slip handle and stainless steel makes for a comfortable clipper that is durable, attractive and easy to use.
  • Designed in the USA.
  • Zen Clipper is especially helpful for pet owners with limited near vision since it will prevent you from cutting off too much of the nail, even if you cannot see up close.
  • Suitable for any size pet from dogs to cats, birds to reptiles!

Other PPI products that will be showcased at SuperZoo booth 1274 include: Bandana Bowl (portable water/feeding bowl and/or cooling collar), Paw Plunger (the No. 1-selling paw cleaner in America), SmartLeash (the first and only retractable leash that automatically stops your dog when running or lunging), and Venison Joe’s Gourmet Pet Chews.

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SodaPup Launches 4 Nylon Dog Toys

Each design aims to minimize destructive chewing behaviors.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SodaPup founder and CEO Adam Baker has announced that SodaPup is continuing its expansion into durable, American-made, FDA-compliant nylon toys for dogs.

“At SodaPup, we’re dedicated to creating the highest quality, safest, most innovative dog toys in the industry. In the nylon category, we continue to introduce fresh and unexpected designs to a category dominated by bone shapes,” Baker said. “There’s no evidence to suggest that dogs prefer bone shapes, so we focus on designs that will appeal to consumers and trust that dogs will like them too. We’ve also developed a one-size-fits-all design philosophy that has the two-fold benefit of maximizing a retailer’s assortment and also providing greater safety for dogs by reducing the potential choking hazard of smaller toys.”

SodaPup has five brands of dog toys, each focusing on different consumer segments and different channels of distribution. The addition of nylon toys to the current rubber toy assortment helps bring these unique brand stories to life. The latest additions include a shovel toy for the Industrial Dog brand, a paw print and a hot dog for the SodaPup brand, and a Funny Bone for the MuttsKickButt brand. Each new toy is large enough for big dogs yet thin enough for smaller dogs to enjoy. Each design also features interesting shapes and textures designed to hold a dog’s interest and minimize destructive chewing behaviors.

All SodaPup dog toys are made in the USA from FDA-compliant materials.

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