March 21-23, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

Special Events

  • The Global Pet Expo Networking Reception

    Wednesday, March 21  |  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Hall A - Registration Concourse Level One, Orange County Convention Center

    Business is built by relationships and we want you to have every opportunity to meet everyone at the show.  Our fabulous FREE Networking Reception gives you the time and place to rub elbows with people you might never have another opportunity to meet.  Have a drink, some eats and mix it up with new friends and old. 

    No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

    Event is sponsored by:


  • The Global Pet Expo Pet Industry Breakfast & Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony

    Thursday, March 22  |  8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
    Valencia Ballroom, 4th Floor, Orange County Convention Center

    They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is no exception. Start the day with a wonderful meal and attend the presentation of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media’s Retailer Excellence Awards ceremony.

    No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

    Each year, the Retailer Excellence Awards honor outstanding pet stores in a variety of categories. Awards will be given to one retailer in each of the ten different award categories:

    - Best Overall Single-Store Retailer
    - Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer – 2-10 Locations
    - Best Over Multi-Unit Retailer – 10+ Locations
    Best Live Animal Specialty Store
    Merchandising Excellence Award
    Multi-Service Excellence Award
    Marketing Excellence Award
    - C
    ustomer Service Award
    Excellence in Store Design Award

  • The Global Pet Expo New Products Showcase Awards Ceremony

    Thursday, March 22  |  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Show Floor in New Products Showcase

    If you really want to be up on new trends and hot products for 2018, make a plan to attend the annual New Products Showcase Awards Presentation. 

    Each year, more and more manufacturers wait to launch their new products in the New Products Showcase so they have a chance to win first place in the Best in Show contest. The media attention our awards get is incredible and long lasting. 

    Nine winners will receive a Best in Show award in the following categories:

    • Aquatics    • Bird   • Boutique   • Cat   • Dog   • Natural Pet • Small Animal   • Reptile   • Point-of-Purchase Display 

  • The APPA Professional Women's Network Breakfast

    Friday, March 23  |  8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
    Room W209

    Special Guest Speaker: Shama Hyder

    Please join us for a special event featuring Shama Hyder, a visionary strategist for the digital age. The Marketing Zen Group, and best-selling author of two books, The Zen of Social Media Marketing and Momentum. As a keynote speaker and strategist, she’s worked with many leading brands, including AT&T, Cox Communications, Mary Kay, Dippin Dots and Chase and has been featured across all major media channels, including MSNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal.

    She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award as well one of the “Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs” by both Inc. Magazine and Forbes. Additionally, Shama has been honored at both the White House and The United Nations as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in  the country.