Education & EPPS Programs
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Trends in the U.S. Pet Market (Packaged Facts)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
This data-rich session will present highlights from Packaged Facts' industry-leading coverage of the U.S. pet market, with a focus on dog and cat products. David Sprinkle, Research Director for Publishing and Publisher of Packaged Facts, will discuss the most recent figures on dog and cat population trends, pet owner demographics, and pet owner spending, with a forward-looking focus on market drivers and high-growth segments, especially in pet nutrition and pet wellness non-food products. The session will also discuss omichannel retail and e-commerce competition.

Among topics to be discussed:
* Historical pet ownership and pet owner demographic trends for dogs, cats, and other pets
* How Millennials and Gen Z differ as pet market consumers from their previous-generation counterparts
* New trend and product opportunity areas, including high tech
David Sprinkle, Research Director Publishing and Publisher of Packaged Facts
Monday, April 29, 2019
Retailer Panel Discussion on Pet Category Trends
7:40 AM - 8:30 AM

During this panel discussion, moderated by Joseph Tarnowski, VP of Content for ECRM, pet buyers and category managers from several retailers and Packaged Facts' David Sprinkle will discuss sales drivers of the category and how to leverage marketing and merchandising initiatives to maximize its profitability. They will share their challenges and successes, and provide attendees with new ideas and strategies they can immediately apply to their operations.

Among the topics to be discussed are:

* Pet ownership trends
* The evolving humanization of pets -- Pet food/products mirroring people food/products
* Pet wellness and related product trends
* The explosion of Hemp/CBD Pet Products
* Product premiumization
* Store brands
* Leveraging digital and social media
* In-store pet events
* E-Commerce


David Sprinkle, Research Director at Packaged Facts
Megan Sargent, Household Cleaning & Pet Buyer at 99 Cents Only Stores
Howie Cohen, General Merchandise Category Manager at The Bartell Drug Company
Jeff Tawson, Category Manager - Grocery Non-Edibles & Pet at Raley's

Joseph Tarnowski, Vice President of Content
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Buyers Choice Awards
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Join us for the Buyer's Choice Awards hosted by ECRM.  Suppliers will submit their product offering and attending buyers will cast their vote for their favorite product!  First place and finalist winners will be recognized during cocktails on April 30th.

To learn more about how you can participate, please contact your ECRM Account Manager.
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