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APPA and PIDA Gear Up for Global Pet Expo 2018


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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and The Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) have unveiled plans for Global Pet Expo 2018, which will be held March 21–23, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

The 2018 show will feature more new products and qualified buyers, All Under One Roof, than ever before, according to show organizers. A qualified buyer attending Global Pet Expo works for an established business with a proven record of purchasing pet products from a manufacturer or distributor in quantity for resale to the consumer. Global Pet Expo has an unmatched qualification process that ensures buyers are attending the show to make purchasing decisions and place orders with exhibitors.

The 13th annual show, dubbed as The Show That Means Business, took place in March 2017, and featured 6,761 qualified buyers, 1,130 exhibitors and 3,437 booths sold—making for record-setting numbers. Total show attendance came at 16,646, with 343,700 net square feet of exhibit space which was 24,000 feet larger than the 2016 show.

On a global front, 27 percent of exhibitors were international, making up 305 of the 1,130 exhibitors and more than 25 percent of buyers were from outside of the U.S., coming from 79 countries. In order to recognize the increase in international participants, the 2017 show debuted country-specific pavilions which gave participating country delegations dedicated space throughout the exhibit floor.

Companies launching new products can highlight them in the New Products Showcase, where buyers and media have the opportunity to preview all the newest products hitting the industry in one convenient location. The 30,000-square foot space on the trade show floor is set aside to recognize the year's best creative efforts in New Product and Point-of-Purchase Displays.

The New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards are the most coveted awards given in the industry. Winners will be announced at the Eighth Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation on March 22 at 5 p.m. In order to be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.

In addition to opportunities on the show floor, attendees can also attend the 2018 Global Pet Expo Academy. Managed by PIDA, the 2017 seminar lineup featured 29 different seminars from 16 expert instructors in the fields of marketing, social media and technology, merchandising, management, personnel and retail operations. The 2017 Global Pet Expo Academy attracted more than 1,600 attendees, a 23 percent increase over 2016.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals, making it the most important gathering of buyers, pet product manufacturers, and international attendees in the U.S. The Show is not open to the general public.

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