March 20-22, 2019 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL PRODUCED BY:
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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    New Products Showcase Preview for Buyers

    special eventsWednesday, March 208:00 AM - 9:00 AM New Products Showcase

    For the first time ever, Buyers will have an opportunity to get a preview of the New Products Showcase at 8am on Wednesday, March 20, before the Show officially opens. This is an exclusive opportunity for Buyers, and badges will be required in order to gain entrance into this 45,000 square foot area of new products hitting the store shelves this year. 
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    APPA Young Professionals Meetup

    special eventsWednesday, March 202:00 PM - 2:30 PM APPA BaristArt Bar, Booth 3935

    Hosted by the APPA YPs

    Learn about the APPA Young Professionals and watch famed barista artist Michael Breach create Instagram-friendly latte portraits of pets!

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    The Global Pet Expo Networking Reception

    special eventsWednesday, March 206:00 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.

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  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
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    Retailer Round Table Discussions & Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony

    special eventsThursday, March 217:30 AM - 9:00 AM Room W206

    Start the day with a healthy buffet breakfast while outstanding pet specialty stores are honored with the Eighth-Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. Then, after the awards ceremony, stick around for our NEW Retailer Roundtable Discussions, where expert Global Pet Expo Academy speakers will facilitate peer-to-peer roundtable conversations about the hottest topics impacting pet product retailers. You're guaranteed to leave with practical, actionable business-building ideas and valuable new connections with your peers.

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

     

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    APPA Young Professionals Meetup

    special eventsThursday, March 212:00 PM - 2:30 PM Global Pet Expo Sports Bar, Booth 1089

    Hosted by the APPA YPs

    Stop by to say hello & we’ll share a FREE afternoon pick me up beverage

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    The Global Pet Expo New Products Showcase Awards Ceremony

    special eventsThursday, March 215:00 PM - 6:00 PM Show Floor in New Products Showcase

    If you really want to be up on new trends and hot products for 2019, 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 

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  • Friday, March 22, 2019
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    APPA Young Professionals Education Breakfast

    special eventsFriday, March 227:45 AM - 9:00 AM Room W209

    Hosted by the APPA YPs

    The APPA Young Professionals' mission is to promote career path development of young professionals in the pet industry through networking opportunities.  For the very first time, the APPA Young Professionals will host a special education session and breakfast featuring dynamic speaker, Connor Lokar, on Friday, March 22.  

    Lokar is a Program Economist at ITR Economics with an ability to relate to the next generation of business leaders.  He provides economic consulting services for businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 Companies across a spectrum of industries.  Attendees will be provided with expert analysis of what to expect from the economy in 2019 and beyond, covering such topics as pet industry trends, business to business activity, trade, labor market trends, inflation, interest rates, and more.  You will not want to miss out on this worthwhile event! 

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    APPA Young Professionals Meetup

    special eventsFriday, March 221:00 PM - 1:30 PM APPA Booth 2401

    Hosted by the APPA YPs

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