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Registration for 2018 Pet Connections Expo Now Open, Dave Ratner to Keynote Show


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International Conference Development, LLC (ICDevents) has opened the registration for its second annual Pet Connections Expo, which will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., Oct. 2-3. 

Dave Ratner, the owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City and Dave’s Pet Food, which has locations in Massachusetts, will kick off the show with a keynote address focusing on the 10 things retailers should to do as soon as they get back to the store. The session will be filled with easy-to-implement “must-dos” that all businesses should already be doing. Attendees will leave with a list of simple things that every business owner/manager must do to compete with national chains and own their local market, said show organizers.  

Pet Connections Expo provides free educational content for pet retailers. As an independent retailer and pet product developer, Ratner connects with customers on a daily basis. Ratner will focus his opening presentation on strategies that independent retailers can incorporate to level the playing field with the giant online and brick-and-mortar stores.

“As a passionate crusader for indie retailers, I am thrilled to be opening the show and on the advisory board of Pet Connections Expo, along with some of the other truly great retail representatives throughout the country,” Ratner said. “It is an honor to share my experiences, successes and failures with the attendees at Pet Connections Expo. Compete with national chains by owning your local market. As obvious as it seems it’s the small business owners and managers who pay attention to the details and put customers first that eventually lead the pack to success.” 

After a successful launch in 2017, the focus of this year’s The Pet Connections Expo will continue to be on topics that are most important to independent pet retailers, according to show organizers.  

“We are excited to kick off our 2018 program with Dave Ratner and launch registration for our fall event. Stay tuned for announcements of additional high-profile, industry-leading speakers. Our goal is to focus on the independent pet retailer and empower their success,” said Bill Doherty, ICDevents president and show director.

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