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Once again, APPA and PIDA members captured success while exhibiting at Global Pet Expo 2013. Global Pet Expo is the only show where you can increase sales and network with thousands of pet industry professionals.
When and where is the 2014 Global Pet Expo?
Global Pet Expo
March 12-14, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Wednesday, March 12: 9am - 6pm
Thursday, March 13: 9am - 6pm
Friday, March 14: 9am - 5pm
Move-in Days/Times for Exhibitors:
Monday, March 10: 8am-6pm
Tuesday, March 11: 8am-6pm
How do I exhibit?
If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2014 trade show, you must meet the following requirements:
To exhibit as a Pet Products Manufacturer, companies must be a member of the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Click here for information on APPA membership.
To exhibit as a Pet Products Distributor, companies must be a member of the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). Click here for more information on PIDA membership.
Pet product buyers or suppliers of pet product manufacturers are not qualified to exhibit at Global Pet Expo. However, if you are either a pet product buyer or a supplier, please click here for more information on attending the trade show.
If you are already a member of APPA or PIDA and would like to access the online booth application, the 2014 Exhibitor Booth Application will be available this spring.
Who are the buyers that attend the Show?
More than 5,300 buyers from 77 countries attended Global Pet Expo in 2013. They represent the best and most qualified in the industry amongst:
- Mass-market retailers
- Pet industry super stores
- Independent rretailers
- International buyers
- Specialty buyers
Some examples of the Global Pet Expo attendees:
Pet Product Retailers: PETCO, PetSmart, Pet Supermarket, Petland Discounts, Pet Supplies “Plus”, Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet, Concord Pet Foods & Supplies and hundreds more
Key Mass Market Retailers: Big Lots, Costco Wholesale, H.E.B. Grocery Co., Meijer, Rural King, Sears Holdings Corp., Sam's Club, ShopKo, Target, Tractor Supply and Wal-Mart
Supermarket Chains: Albertsons, Aldi Inc., Giant, Publix, Roundy's, Stop & Shop, Supervalu, Topco Associates, Wegman's and Winn-Dixie
Non-Traditional Pet Product Retailers: Agway, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Hammacher Schlemmer, Home Shopping Network, Orscheln Home & Farm, Orvis, Ross Stores, SkyMall, TJX Companies, True Value and Tuesday Morning
Professional National, International and Local Pet Product Retailers: aquatic stores, feed stores, mail-order catalogs, distributors, wholesalers and internet retailers
What are the benefits to exhibiting?
Big Opportunities to Find Specialty Buyers
Looking for that special niche buyer to help boost your sales? Stand out in the crowd with Global Pet Expo’s specialty sections. We make it easy for you to connect with qualified specialty buyers: our color-coded floor plan draws a clear path to your section and your booth to help buyers seek out your business.
One of the fastest growing specialty sections at Global Pet Expo and across the industry, The Natural Pet is the true choice for exhibitors who focus on holistic and natural pet products. If your specialty is in organic, green, natural or environmentally friendly products, then we have the most qualified buyers in the industry lining up to do business with you in 2014.
Designed with the fashion-forward buyer in mind, The Boutique is the trendiest “pink” carpet event of the year in the pet industry. If bling, baubles, and chichi are your thing, this is where you’ll entice buyers with a flair for fashion, luxury, and decadent spa-products.
Fishing for new business? Cast the biggest net by exhibiting in the Everything Aquatic section, a must-see destination for every aquatic buyer at Global Pet Expo. This clearly marked destination makes it easy for qualified buyers to find you.
Are you a newbie at Global Pet Expo? Be sure to exhibit in our What’s New! section, reserved for our first-time exhibitors only. Global Pet Expo buyers are always on the lookout for new products and new exhibitors. This section makes it easy to launch your products and get the exposure you need to increase business.
Get on the map at our International Pavilion, reserved for exhibitors and products from across the world. Buyers love to discover new territory, and this section on the show floor helps you make the global that will increase your business and open a world of opportunities.
Enter your product(s) in the New Products Showcase
Are You Launching A New Product? Enter it in The New Products Showcase. You could win Best In Show.
Your new product should definitely be displayed in the New Products Showcase. Buyers flock here to be the first to offer new products to their customers. In addition, products in the Showcase are automatically entered in the Best in Show contest, where buyers vote and trophies are awarded. It's like the Oscars for new pet products! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards are given for: Aquatics, Bird, Boutique, Cat, Dog, Small Animal, Reptile, Natural Pet and Point-of-Purchase Display products. The awards presentation on the show floor captures buyer and mega-media attention. Submissions are accepted online starting October 2013.
Online Exhibitor Marketing Tools
The difference between a good show and a great one is how you communicate with your buyers and the media before, during and after the Show. The Global Pet Expo Team will help you promote your company with a variety of free. These Marketing Tools will offer you many ideas designed to build on your exhibiting experience and help you capitalize on your marketing dollars.
Buyer Contact Lists
We offer Global Pet Expo exhibitors access to the Buyer Invitation List before the Show. This list contains contact information of pet product retailers who have gone through a rigorous qualification process. Similar to the invitation list, the Registration List is also available before the Show and contains those buyers that have registered and plan to come to the 2014 Global Pet Expo. After the Show, a final list of buyers that attended Global Pet Expo is available for follow up. All of these lists are exclusively available to exhibitors and designed to help promote your company and its product lines to domestic and international buyers pre- and post-show.
Set your sights on the spotlight with Media Exposure from: Good Morning America, The Today Show, National Geographic, New York Times, MSNBC, Pet Life Radio, Pet Business, Pet Product News, Pet Age, Cesar's Way.