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Forbes magazine calls it the MEN-aissance. For the first time ever, males have surpassed females in US retail spending, now accounting for 13% more dollar sales. Research shows that there are clear differences in the way men and women make purchasing decisions and buy items. To attract the growing body of male shoppers, retailers should be aware of these gender differences and incorporate them into their store's marketing strategy.

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Men are twice as likely to shop online as women. But research shows that 40% of people will abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. Having a fast loading website is a must for retailers who hope to engage and hold the interest of internet-oriented male shoppers.

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With last year's 1-2-3 punch of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it's not surprising that 2017 set a record for natural disasters. Nearly 8% of the US population was affected by such catastrophic events, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Seeing these disasters unfold, more Americans have realized the value of having an emergency plan in place for their family. By helping pet parents include four-legged family members in their disaster preparedness plans, you can provide a valuable service, while generating added business for your store.

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Hailed for its remarkable healing powers, Manuka Honey has become one of today's fastest-growing ingredients in human personal care products. This special high-quality honey from New Zealand is turning up in everything from shampoos and facial masks, to lip balms and adhesive bandages. Now Cardinal Pet Care brings the restorative benefits of Natural Manuka Honey to your customers' pets in its new EcoBath™ line - the only pet grooming products with Honey Hygiene™

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What Is Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey is produced in New Zealand by bees foraging on the Manuka Tree, a scrub plant that grows exclusively in the region. When bees pollinate from this plant, their honey is much more potent than ordinary honey. It has a higher concentration of methylgloxal (MGO), which heals wounds and attacks germs. It also contains four times the vitamins and minerals of regular honey, (Vitamins B & C, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper and potassium), making it a powerful natural healer and restorative.

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“We have two ears, but only one mouth” -- in other words, we should spend more time listening than talking. This is as true on social media as anywhere else. Listening to online chitchat about your business, products, industry, even your competitors, can lead to surprising benefits, including strengthening relationships with customers and making better business decisions.

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What Is Social Listening?

It differs from tracking “vanity” metrics (likes, followers etc.) in that you’re monitoring terms, conversations and reviews associated with your business across different sites, including social media, blogs, Q&A forums and news sources — plus you’re analyzing the results. There are a number of tools ava...

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Dogs wearing recovery collars can now benefit from the calming power of Lavender. Remedy+Recovery has introduced a new Calming Lavender Mist, which is available both as a spray and in an innovative kit that instantly turns any e-collar into a Calming Collar.

Lavender has long been associated with calmness and tranquility. Now Remedy+Recovery is bringing the soothing benefits of this fragrant plant to your customers’ dogs with our special formula Calming Lavender Mist spray. This aromatherapy mist is also being offered as part of our unique E-Collar Kit, which utilizes the calming scent of lavender to help ease the stress of wearing a recovery collar.

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Two Calming Agents

Remedy+Recovery Lavender Calming Mist offers the benefits of two botanical relaxing agents. One, of course, is Lavender, long valued for its calming properties and now shown in recent studies to produce “significant antianxiety effects,” according to the National Institutes of Health. The other active ingredient is Valerian Oil, also known for having a deeply calming effect as well as improving sleep quality.

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With outdoor activities, and the minor cuts and scrapes that go with them, on the rise this time of year, spring provides a great opportunity to create added sales with our Remedy+Recovery line of pet first aid products. We’ve even added a new smaller 0.5-oz. size of our popular Styptic Powder that’s ideal for displaying on checkout counters as an impulse item.

Remedy+Recovery’s first aid products are designed to provide your customers’ pets with soothing relief from cuts and scratches, insect bites and skin irritations. The line includes Hydrocortisone Lotion, Medicated Shampoo, Medicated Antiseptic Spray, Medicated Hot Spot Spray, Liquid Bandage, Ear Mite & Tick Control and Styptic Powder. R+R also offers Recover...

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Although it's been gone for at least eleven years, Sony is bringing their robot dog AIBO back with major improvements in January - in JAPAN. With 22 movements, the legs let it walk, shake hands, sit, play with a ball, scratch a digital itch, and do "hundreds" of other dog things. The tail wags, the ears move, the mouth opens, and the head turns and tilts, making it seem rather expressive in the videos. It has a camera do the dog can take pictures. And there's an App. Adoption Fee, $1,700! It's cute, but there's NOTHING like snuggling with your real life dog! See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u567bp1tww4

November quiets down after a busy October of special pet days, but they are important days none the less. It's Pet Cancer Awareness month, Pet Diabetes month (did you know there are estimates that over a third of dogs have diabetes?!), Adopt a Senior Pet month and National Pet Awareness month! Pet stores around the country will be planning events around these themes.

Next week, the 5th through the 11th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week. One of the best ways that we can help them celebrate is to stop by our nearest animal shelter with a couple of old but clean blankets, or a pile of old but clean towels we can spare. They never run out of need for those two things. You can also call ahead or check their website to see if ther...

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Our family favorite, our Whippet's Taco costume, sadly did not even make the list of the TOP TEN dog costumes for 2017. And Halloween's on a Tuesday! (Taco Tuesday, anyone?) Remember, if you have dogs coming to your door, be sure to give them a real dog treat or a tennis ball, not candy!

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Thanks to the National Retail Federation, that tracks everything retail stores do, we now know the TOP TEN Halloween costumes for dogs this year. Has your dog got one of the favorites?! We still have 13 days to shop! From last to first here are the favorites this year:
• Star Wars Character
• Witch
• Cat
• Ghost
• Batman character
• Devil
• Bumble bee
• Dog, Lion or Pirate (tied!)
• Hot Dog
• and Ta, Dah - the #1 FAVORITE costume for dogs: A PUMPKIN!

This little pup does make a pretty cute PUMPKIN!

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