REGISTRATION FOR 2018 PET CONNECTIONS EXPO
NOW OPEN, DAVE RATNER TO KEYNOTE SHOW
International Conference Development (ICDevents) has opened
the registration for its second annual Pet Connections Expo, which
will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.,
Dave Ratner, the owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City and Dave’s
Pet Food, which has locations in Massachusetts, will kick off the
show with a keynote address focusing on the 10 things retailers
should do as soon as they get back to the store. The session will
be filled with easy-to-implement “must-dos” that all businesses
should already be doing. Attendees will leave with a list of simple things that every business owner/manager
must do to compete with national chains and own their local market, said show organizers.
Pet Connections Expo provides free educational content for pet retailers. As an independent retailer and pet
product developer, Ratner connects with customers on a daily basis. Ratner will focus his opening presentation
on strategies that independent retailers can incorporate to level the playing field with the giant online and brick-and-mortar stores.
After a successful launch in 2017, the focus of this year’s The Pet Connections Expo will continue to be on
topics that are most important to independent pet retailers, according to show organizers.
“We are excited to kick off our 2018 program with Dave Ratner and launch registration for our fall event.
Stay tuned for announcements of additional high-profile, industry-leading speakers. Our goal is to focus on the
independent pet retailer and empower their success,” said Bill Doherty, ICDevents president and show director.
Pet Product News International August 2018
TRADE SHOW NEWS
ZOOMARK INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZERS
PLAN NEW DATES FOR 2019 SHOW
The 2019 Zoomark International trade show,
which is organized by BolognaFiere and held
in Europe, will have new show dates and new
To respond to the demand from exhibitors
and visitors, Zoomark International 2019 will
run from Monday, May 6, to Thursday, May
9, 2019. It will no longer take place during the
weekend as was the case in the past, enabling
Italian and international professionals to organize their visits on the day they prefer, and distributing visitor numbers over four days, said
To offer the highest level of service to pet
industry manufacturers and professionals and respond to
the growing number of applications from companies globally, Zoomark International 2019 will feature new halls and extended exhibiting space. The event will now cover a surface
area of more than 53,000 square meters, occupying not only
hall 28 but also the brand new halls 29 and 30, which were inaugurated in 2018 to offer greater capacity and a more streamlined visitor experience.
Zoomark International offers a showcase for the pet industry, as well as an opportunity to hear all the latest news, stay
up-to-date with professional training, network with the major
international players, promote products and create new business in Italy and around the world, according to the show’s
INTERGROOM ATTRACTED MORE GROOMERS THIS YEAR
Intergroom, which took place in April at the Meadowlands
Expo Center in Secaucus, N.J., experienced double-dig-it growth. The 2018 show, which is organized by Barkleigh
Productions, attracted 2,841 groomers for a 14. 9 percent attendance increase over last year, making it the third-largest
grooming show in the world behind Barkleigh Production’s
Groom Expo and Groom Expo West, according to show organizers. The show also featured more than 100 vendor booths.
This year’s Groom Team USA Sanction winners are Jackie
Boulton, Joshua Morales and Angela Menard. Lindsey Dicken won Best In Show and American Best All Around. Nadia
Bongelli took home the International Best All Around award,
and Cindy Oliver dominated the Creative Grooming Competition, taking home the first-place trophy.
Barkleigh and World Dog Entertainment will host the
2019 Intergroom show April 11-14 at the Meadowlands Expo
Left: Cindy Oliver (center), Creative Grooming winner
Right: Lindsey Dicken (left), Best In Show winner