Chinese Pet Suppliers Call for Unity During Coronavirus Epidemic
Pet industry professionals convened via an online conference in late February to discuss the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in China. The China International Pet Show (CIPS), the China Pet Industry Committee of the China Entry & Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association and the National Pet Industry Technology Innovation Alliance organized the conference.
The conference called for the whole industry to unite and help each other overcome the challenges poised by the coronavirus, according to organizers.
Nearly 500 professionals attended, including those in the pet manufacturing, distributor, health care, education, training and association sectors.
“From the conference, we know most manufacturing enterprises [in China] have restored to production while most clinics and shops remain closed,” said CIPS officials in a press release. “Distributors tried their best to deliver by third-party express services, private vehicles or e-commerce platform channels.”
Online and social media continue to be popular platforms for sales, according to officials.
“Everyone in the industry are supporting each other and need support from others,” officials said. “We believe the epidemic will pass, and China pet industry will be stronger than ever.”
During the conference, 32 speakers shared their opinions on the challenges brought by the epidemic, the difficulties, risks and the corresponding countermeasures in international trade, the support needed to resume production and the mutual help and services that other companies can provide to each other during the epidemic.
CIPS organizers said the organization is using its database and marketing channels to help exhibitors reach potential clients ahead of the 2020 show, which is slated to take place Nov. 12-15 in Guangzhou, China.