In recent weeks, pet retailers have adjusted their businesses to maintain sales and service during shelter-in-place orders, social distance guidelines and rapid changes in consumer shopping behavior due to COVID-19.
The current climate is unpredictable and changes by the day. Here are some recent COVID-19 updates within the pet industry.
Pet Parent Buying Patterns During COVID-19
Pet Food Industry – March 30, 2020
“Pet product consumables will if anything have gotten a short-term bump in Q1 2020, as pet owners stocked up on pet product consumables such as food, treats and litter,” predicted Packaged Facts in its March 18, 2020 pet market bulletin “Assessing coronavirus pandemic impacts on the pet industry.”
PIJAC Information on Off-Label Usage of Chloroquine Phosphate and COVID-19
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council – March 24, 2020
“As you may be aware, an individual recently died after using a fish product to self-medicate for prevention of COVID-19. PIJAC staff have worked with our experts to put together information for the industry regarding Chloroquine Phosphate.”
Webinar: COVID-19 is a Human-to-Human Disease
Pet Age – March 30, 2020
“Experts in animal welfare and shelter medicine agreed that there is no evidence at this time that pets can transmit COVID-19 to people, yet critical steps must be taken to navigate this unprecedented time.”
Mnuchin Provides Update on Small Business Loans for Coronavirus Relief
Pet Business – March 30, 2020
“Small business owners can expect to receive documents and instructions on how to file for federal aid early this week and have access to loans starting this Friday, according to various reports.”
COVID-19 Webinar Series Helps Retailers Navigate Uncertain Times
Global Pet Expo – March 31, 2020
“Global Pet Expo and Pet Store Pro have partnered with Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group, for a new webinar series created to support your business. Learn how to social distance and stabilize your business at the same time.
What Has Worked (So Far) For Pet Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis
Pets+ Magazine – March 23, 2020
“Indies share the best decisions they’ve made since the coronavirus pandemic began.”
AA Suspends Checked Pet Service Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Pets+ Magazine – March 30, 2020
American Airlines has temporarily suspended its checked pet service amid the COVID-19 crisis.
During uncertain times, one thing remains constant: Animal Supply is here to support you and your business. Together, we can help keep pets and our communities happy, healthy and safe.