Why Pet Care Is One of the Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2017

Why Pet Care Is One of the Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2017

If you think you’re ready to bust out on your own, make sure you’re familiar with Inc.‘s list of this year’s most promising sectors, featuring pet care.

The traditional pet care industry, valued at $60 billion in the U.S., is getting a makeover. Technological advances make it even easier for local businesses involved in pet sitting, grooming, walking, training, and boarding to reach customers, streamline processes, and scale their operations.

Dog Grooming Franchise

Why it’s hot: Forty percent of customers in the pet care industry are ages 30-49. Millennials are aging into this group and getting more pets than previous generations.

What’s required: An affinity for animals is, of course, a must. But you’ll also need some behavioral training skills and an ability to market yourself to continue gaining new customers.

Barriers to entry: Depending on the business, barriers to entry can be quite low.

Growth: Pet grooming and boarding revenue was nearly $8 billion in the U.S. in 2016, and IBISWorld projects 7 percent annual growth through 2021.

 

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Pet Product News International Names Wag N’ Wash Pet Retail of the Year

Pet Product News International Names Wag N’ Wash Pet Retail of the Year

Wag N’ Wash named Pet Retail of the Year!

By encompassing nutritious food, full service-grooming, self-wash facilities, pet retail supplies, and a diverse selection of bakery and deli treats, Wag N’ Wash is one cool place for pets.  

The idea for Wag N’ Wash came from an experience most pet lovers know and hate, leaving each morning for work and being forced to leave their beloved animals behind. This cycle caused Dan Remus and Jef Strass, the founders of Wag N’ Wash, to change the direction of their professional careers and open a business that would allow them to bring their pets to work with them.

In 1999, the pair opened their first location in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which featured a self-serve dog wash and fresh, homemade dog treats baked onsite. As customer demand grew, Remus and Strass found themselves needing to add new products and services to support their growing business.

In 2002, Wag N’ Wash was able to move into a 4,200 square foot location and expand to a full-line pet supply store, providing grooming services, a dog wash, bakery and deli treats, pet supplies, and foods and supplements- making Wag N’ Wash one cool place for pets! The positive response to the store lead the Wag N’ Wash brand to consider a franchise model which would allow them to expand across the US.

Today, Wag N’ Wash uses its customer experience as well as the ambiance of the locations to stand apart in a very competitive market. “Our biggest differentiator is the experience offered to our guests,” Remus said. “There is nothing secret about what we do; our goods and services can be found in some shape or form with our competitors, but we spotlight an experience that our guests want to repeat. It’s the level of education of our staff members and the look and feel of our stores that make a visit to Wag N’ Wash not only pleasant, but fun.”

If you are interested in starting your own pet friendly business, please follow this link to learn more about Wag N’ Wash franchise opportunities!

 

Why Pet Care Is One of the Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2017

Why Pet Care Is One of the Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2017

You’re reading an article by Bartie Scott published by Inc.

If you think you’re ready to bust out on your own, make sure you’re familiar with Inc.‘s list of this year’s most promising sectors.

The traditional pet industry, valued at $60 billion in the U.S., is getting a makeover. Technological advances make it even easier for local businesses involved in pet sitting, grooming, walking, training, and boarding to reach customers, streamline processes, and scale their operations.

Why it’s hot: Forty percent of customers in the pet care industry are ages 30-49. Millennials are aging into this group and getting more pets than previous generations. According to research firm Mintel, three-fourths of American 30-somethings have dogs, compared with half of the overall population. Meanwhile, more than half of Americans in their 30s have cats, compared with 35 percent of the overall population. Millennials with pets also expect to use technology to buy services, providing opportunity for new ventures in e-commerce, subscription packages, and connected devices like pet wearables.

What’s required: An affinity for animals is, of course, a must. But you’ll also need some behavioral training skills and an ability to market yourself to continue gaining new customers. To integrate technology into your processes, you’ll need a level of proficiency in building apps and websites or the ability to work with an expert.

Barriers to entry: Depending on the business, barriers to entry can be quite low. Pet walking and sitting might require very little upfront investment, but boarding, grooming, and training will require capital for facilities, equipment, and health and safety certifications.

The downside: Customer turnover can happen quickly in the pet services industry, and it might take some time to build up a loyal base. The nature of the business might also require long hours and an always-on-call customer service policy. You’ll often need to be available on weekends and holidays, when pet owners might be traveling.

Competition: The industry hasn’t seen much consolidation apart from a few grooming franchises like Wag N Wash and Best Friend’s Choice Whiskers & Paws. When it comes to sitting, boarding, walking, and grooming, the most competition is likely to come from small, independent local players. In the more tech-heavy segments of the industry, startups like pet toy and treat subscription service BarkBox, services platform Rover, direct-to-consumer pet pharmaceutical company Vets First Choice, and smart-collar maker Whistle Labs are some of the dominant companies.

Growth: Pet grooming and boarding revenue was nearly $8 billion in the U.S. in 2016, and IBISWorld projects 7 percent annual growth through 2021. According to CB Insights, between 2012 and 2016, $486 million was invested in the global pet tech sector across 172 venture capital deals. The worldwide pet wearables market alone will be a $2.6 billion market by 2019, market research firm IDTechEx predicts.