March 22-24, 2017
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
PRODUCED BY:
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

Global Pet Expo Seminars

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Why You Should Attend

Global Pet Expo Academy offers FREE educational seminars on the latest trends and best practices for building and growing a pet business. Expert presenters will cover a broad range of topics, including marketing, merchandising, customer service, human resources, employment law, management, and more. 

Practical Know-How

Every Global Pet Expo Academy session is jam-packed with useful tips and expert advice from the experiences of today’s most successful pet retailers. You’ll learn what works—and what doesn’t—from real-world examples and in-depth case studies. You’ll pick up hundreds of best practices you can put into action immediately and for years to come. And you’ll find out about dozens of no and low-cost apps and online tools that you can use to boost your bottom line.

Expert Instructors

Our instructors include many of pet retailing’s best-known and most-admired authorities in marketing, merchandising, operations, finance and technology.

**Please note that seminar registration does NOT automatically register you for a badge for Global Pet Expo. Registration for entrance into the trade show must be done separately. Please click here to register for the trade show.


How to Register for the Seminars

All Global Pet Expo Academy sessions are free to pre-registrants. Attend as many as you choose at no cost to you. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click HERE to register. 


 

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • How to Launch and Sustain Your Pet Business

    Tuesday, March 21  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Room W204A

    Vicki Lynne Morgan, Animal Brands

    Are you launching, re-launching, or re-inventing your business? Then take some time to do a little cost-saving pre-planning. In this workshop, you will learn how to turn your vision into a plan that will ensure you are on the track toward success. This workshop will cover personal entrepreneurial characteristics, market research, feasibility, target audience identification, integrated marketing plans, competitive rivalry, messaging, and the 14-step full-circle business system. With a structured business plan in hand, you will be on your way to a profit-driven pet business.
  • Pet Store Merchandising: Back to Basics

    Tuesday, March 21  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Room W203B

    Chris Miller, Pacific Store Designs

    Proper merchandising techniques are necessary to attract and keep business. In this fundamental workshop, you will learn the 10 Commandments of Merchandising as well as the psychology of merchandising. Chris will also discuss how to merchandise an end cap correctly, implement a successful signage program, and set non-negotiable standards in your store.
  • 5 Tips for Tapping into Hidden Opportunities at Global Pet Expo

    Tuesday, March 21  |  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Room W204A

    Vicki Lynne Morgan, Animal Brands

    Global Pet Expo offers a myriad of valuable experiences and opportunities to generate growth and profitability for your business. In this workshop, you will learn how to leverage your attendance at the trade show for maximum benefit. Vicki will discuss how to do pre-show preparation, develop a show-time game plan, take advantage of the networking and educational opportunities, nurture vendor relationships, and conduct follow-up after the show.
  • Brave New Retail

    Tuesday, March 21  |  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Room W203B

    Chris Miller, Pacific Store Designs

    Chris Miller has been active in the design and development of the retail pet industry for over 35 years. As a contributing editor for Pet Age magazine, he has covered all areas of a retail pet operation from pet store design, merchandising and operations to staffing and promotions. In this session, Chris will cover traffic flow and design ideas to increase sales and profits, cross merchandising concepts to generate revenue, the psychology of customers, and the use of signage and graphics to create a great image.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • *Pet Food Mythbusters

    Wednesday, March 22  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Room W203B

    Dr. Bret Deardorff, Hill’s Pet Nutrition

    Learn the truth behind common pet food marketing myths in a fun, interactive laboratory session. See how pet food is cooked and learn about common pet food ingredients. By the end of the session, you’ll question the pet food you feed your pets.
  • Mini Session: Find More Selling Space In My Store

    Wednesday, March 22  |  9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
    Room W204A

    Chris Miller, Pacific Store Designs

    With the overwhelming volume of outstanding pet products available, it often becomes a challenge for retailers to find room to properly display items without cluttering the aisles and shelves. In this session, you will learn how to identify wasted selling space and learn 10 key space saving fixture ideas you can implement as soon as you get back to your store.
  • Mini Session: Customer Delight Leads to Long‐term Profitability

    Wednesday, March 22  |  9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
    Room W204A

    Vicki Lynne Morgan, Animal Brands

    Keeping a customer is always cheaper than securing a new one. In this session, you will learn how to attract and retain customers through inbound marketing, referral business, and tactics that validate customer decisions to buy from you. You will also discover how to create “customer delight” through employee empowerment and education.
  • Mini Session: Get to Know Your Competition

    Wednesday, March 22  |  9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
    Room W204A

    Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / NASBITE International

    Pet stores face stiff competition in a crowded marketplace. In order to beat your rivals you need to be aware and responsive. In this session you will learn how to assess your competition and develop strategies for maintaining your competitive edge.
  • Mini Session: Three Strategic Ways to be a Talent Magnet

    Wednesday, March 22  |  9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
    Room W204A

    Anne Obarski, Merchandise Concepts

    If you were to ask your employees why they like working for you, why they stay, and what one thing would make them leave, what answers do you think you would get and how could you effectively use those answers? In this session, you will learn creative ways for finding great people and innovative train-to-retain techniques.
  • Five Ways to Compete in a Crowded Pet Market

    Wednesday, March 22  |  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Room W204A

    Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / NASBITE International

    Competitive strategies are necessary if you want to thrive in the marketplace. This session will cover five basic ways to compete and provide specific examples for things you can do to succeed. In this robust presentation, you will learn about price competition, cost competition, product differentiation, banding the spectrum, and marketing segmentation. Bring your questions.
  • If the Shoe Fits: Experience Your Customer's Journey

    Wednesday, March 22  |  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Room W203B

    Anne Obarski, Merchandise Concepts

    Consumers used to be much more forgiving, often allowing retailers 3 strikes before they took their business elsewhere. In today’s one-click economy, unhappy customers are likely to leave you if you make a single mistake. Come learn the new rules for exceptional service, discover techniques for fixing problem areas, and find out what you can do to raise your company’s “touchpoint score.”
  • Building Resilience: Small Business Secrets for Successfully Facing Change

    Wednesday, March 22  |  12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Room W203B

    Curt Jacques, West Lebanon Feed & Supply

    In today’s world, small business owners need to be prepared to pivot and change. But taking the time to plan for contingencies can be hard when you have a multitude of responsibilities. This session will provide practical tips “from the trenches” on how to develop an innovative and proactive philosophy for dealing with change and restoring your focus on what matters most. Retail store owner Curt Jacques will address how to transform obstacles into opportunities and build a foundation of resilience to help ensure success in the face of shifting market preferences and appetites.
  • Getting to Know Your Local Small Business Development Center

    Wednesday, March 22  |  12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Room W204A

    Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / NASBITE International

    Federal, state, and local governments offer lots of assistance and training to people trying to grow their small businesses. In this session, Laurie will outline the types of assistance you can get from a local small business development center, including assistance with government backed loans and business planning. Tap into this network and discover a low-cost way to improve your business.
  • Staffing Made Simple(r) – Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Employees

    Wednesday, March 22  |  2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    Room W203B

    Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group

    What does it take to build a good team in today’s competitive retail market? And how can you get your team to deliver the results your business needs? In this workshop, you will learn how to turn your employees into top performers by creating a positive business atmosphere that nurtures passionate people to achieve their best.
  • What’s Your “Pink Pig”? A Look at One Retailer’s Contagious Experience Evolution

    Wednesday, March 22  |  2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    Room W204A

    Anne Obarski, Merchandise Concepts

    Marketing, service, and a positive customer experience are all important parts of any successful business. But what sets your store apart from the competition? What is the first thing customers say in describing your business? Using a case study from a Global Pet Expo Attendee this workshop will teach you how to create a “Contagious Experience” for your customers that will drive them to your business again and again, spreading positive word of mouth as they go.
  • Employment Law 101: What Every Employer Should Know

    Wednesday, March 22  |  3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Room W203B

    Suzanne Boy, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt,P.A.

    The complex and varied web of employment laws can make preventing and managing problems difficult for even the most experienced employer. Thorough knowledge of employment laws, early recognition of issues, and swift problem solving are key to reducing exposure to claims. This presentation will introduce you to the basic employment laws every business owner and supervisor should know, including laws regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability/medical issues, social media, and performance management. Walk away with information that can help you avoid situations that commonly result in employee lawsuits.
  • Think Outside the Crate: Shark Tank Pet Entrepreneurs Offer Tips for Creating a Beastly Buzz

    Wednesday, March 22  |  3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Room W204A

    Moderator: Lindsey Laurain Ono, ezpz / Panelists: Kelly Costello, Puppy Cake / Meg Meyer, The Bear and the Rat / Daniela Kelly, Ry Ry’s Ruffery aka Ryan’s Barkery

    Four successful pet product entrepreneurs from the hit show Shark Tank share secrets to standing out and creating buzz for your business. Moderated by Lindsey Laurain Ono, a Shark Tank contestant with experience in the pet and juvenile industries, this panel discussion will reveal a bevy of winning tips and tricks.
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • *Pet Food Mythbusters

    Thursday, March 23  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Room W204A

    Dr. Bret Deardorff, Hill’s Pet Nutrition

    Learn the truth behind common pet food marketing myths in a fun, interactive laboratory session. See how pet food is cooked and learn about common pet food ingredients. By the end of the session, you’ll question the pet food you feed your pets.
  • Mini Session: Hottest Employment Law Topics in 2017

    Thursday, March 23  |  9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
    Room W203B

    Suzanne Boy, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt,P.A.

    The vast majority of employers are subject to an array of laws. Thorough knowledge of employment laws, early recognition of issues, and swift problem solving are key to reducing your company’s exposure to many common employment claims. This session will provide a briefing on some of the “hot topics” that all employers should be aware of for the coming year, and offer tips on how best to combat issues that arise between employers and their employees.
  • Mini Session: Rethinking Social Media to Achieve More Meaningful Results

    Thursday, March 23  |  9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
    Room W203B

    Ben Smith, Callahan Creek

    How is social media changing and evolving? What about consumer behavior and expectations? In this introductory session, Ben will explore key issues that impact social media success and discuss ways to stay relevant and drive meaningful results.
  • Mini Session: 10 Fast Marketing Hacks for Pet Brands

    Thursday, March 23  |  9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
    Room W203B

    J. Nichole Smith, Working with Dog

    Author, photographer, designer, marketing strategist, and serial entrepreneur J. Nichole Smith discusses 10 speedy marketing hacks that anyone from the solopreneur to the mega brand can implement for immediate and on-going results.
  • Mini Session: Wow and Win Customers

    Thursday, March 23  |  9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
    Room W203B

    Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group

    Good customer service is not just about having well trained sales people, a store full of amazing products, and a clean entry. So what does it take to win the love and loyalty of your customers? In this mini-session, you will learn three ways to wow and win people.
  • Effective and ALMOST Free: 17 Low Cost Marketing Tactics

    Thursday, March 23  |  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Room W204A

    Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group

    It is no secret that many pet businesses have little or no money to devote to marketing yet they want to create a buzz around their stores. If you are in this camp, this session is for you. Here you will learn five ways to take your marketing programs to new heights, leading to increased traffic and more sales – all with a limited budget.
  • Please Sign Here: A Guide to Workplace Documentation

    Thursday, March 23  |  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Room W203B

    Suzanne Boy, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt,P.A

    Given the current litigious climate it is more important than ever for employers to have workplace documentation in order from the start of the employment relationship. This session will teach you how to prepare and implement solid employment policies and contracts. Topics will include handbook policies, unemployment documentation, performance documentation, travel time acknowledgements, and more. Additionally, this session will address hot topics such as how to address LGBT issues in EEO and non-discrimination policies, and how to ensure handbooks do not violate NLRB rules on protected concerted activity.
  • Get the Most from Facebook Advertising

    Thursday, March 23  |  12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Room W204A

    Ben Smith, Callahan Creek

    Facebook provides powerful and cost efficient opportunities for your business to spend less on advertising while reaching quality prospects likely to do business with you. Whether you represent a national brand or small business, this workshop will provide valuable insight and practical tips on optimizing your Facebook advertising to drive better and more meaningful results. Topics covered will include campaign optimization, key prospect targeting, content selection and post types, content optimization to drive results, the importance of connecting your website and contact databases to retarget your most valuable prospects, and data analysis.
  • Popularity, Profitability & Influence: The Secret Formula to Having it All

    Thursday, March 23  |  12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Room W203B

    J. Nichole Smith, Working with Dog

    The secret to popularity, profit, and influence in business lies in one very essential asset. Can you guess what it is? Uncover how pet businesses can get ahead of their competition, charge more for their products, give back to the community, build something that matters – and is valuable enough to sell one day – and generally ticks the boxes for financial success and personal fulfillment.
  • The Art and Science of Buying

    Thursday, March 23  |  2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    Room W204A

    Tom Shay, Profits Plus Solutions

    Turns out buying is both an art and a science. And in this session, you will learn eight key components for maintaining margins, turning inventory, and limiting the need for closeouts.
  • The Pet Parent Revolution

    Thursday, March 23  |  2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    Room W203B

    J. Nichole Smith, Working with Dog

    Over the past 10 years, Americans have started to relate to their pets more like children than animals, spending lots of money on high-end products for pooch & co. This trend, which is now taking hold in Asia, South America and Europe, represents an incredible opportunity for pet brands that sell high-quality, premium products. In this session, you will learn about the “pet parent” revolution and how you can reach this wealthy and motivated group of buyers.
  • Emerging Media and Technology Trends and Your Customers

    Thursday, March 23  |  3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Room W204A

    Ben Smith, Callahan Creek

    From the latest trends in social media to 360˚ photos and videos to chatbots and virtual reality, the pace at which technology advances can be overwhelming. In this session, you will learn about some of the latest trends and the potential impact and opportunities they present for your business. And for those who haven’t tried virtual reality yet, Ben will bring a headset so you can experience some of the hype for yourself.
  • Turning Customer Craziness into Sales

    Thursday, March 23  |  3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Room W203B

    Linda Cahan, Cahan & Company

    What gets people to buy from you instead of your neighbor or the big box store down the street? Understanding the psychology of what people respond to will help you give customers what they want. In this workshop, you will learn how to improve your customer experience by deploying the knowledge of how they shop, how they’d prefer to shop, and what simple and affordable things you can do to increase your customers’ positive perception of your business.
  • Friday, March 24, 2017
  • If General Patton Ran Your Pet Shop

    Friday, March 24  |  9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
    Room W204A

    Tom Shay, Profits Plus Solutions

    There is a war going on out there. Should a business defend their market position, become an attacker, a flanker, or a guerilla warrior? This interactive workshop will help you define the proper strategy and then determine which tactics to implement. Using stories and the experiences of General George S. Patton, Tom will lead participants in this useful exercise.
  • New Trends in Retail Design and Smart Tips for Fresh Visual Merchandising

    Friday, March 24  |  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Room W204A

    Linda Cahan, Cahan & Company

    Wondering how you can get that “wow” factor in your store? Want to learn what’s new and cool? Come get great merchandising tips and learn how to make your focal areas fabulous and interesting.

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