In This Issue
Pet industry pays tribute to one of its leading figures
Pet Industry Federation responds to criticism over its stance on selling puppies in pet shops
Last chance to reserve a place at this year's UK Forum & Awards
Pets at Home shares dip following weaker-than-expected sales growth
New brand claims to introduce a revolution in dog food
£2,000 investment grants available to British companies exhibiting in PetQuip group at Global Pet Expo 2016
More export success forecast following Meet the Buyer
Billy + Margot launch a new 150g wet food
Foss Feeds wins star prize in Wagg's 'Spin to Win'
Grain-free treats added to Petface’s ‘Dog Deli’ range
Interpet celebrate after a successful and innovative AQUA
84% of vets give up time to work with animal charities
Restaurant plans for closed pet shop
Pet shop owner banned from keeping dogs
Former Pets at Home director joins Shop Direct as Operations Director
Ancol announces five-year partnership with Birmingham Dogs Home
Vets braced for pet ‘fright nights’ in November
ACANA sponsors top UK flyball team
Pets at Home open new store at cinema development
Americans spent $350 million on pet costumes at Halloween
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Former Pets at Home director joins Shop Direct as Operations Director
Shop Direct, the owner of the Very and Littlewoods brands, has announced that Pets at Home Executive Director, Phil Hackney, will join the company as its new Operations Director.

He will take responsibility for Logistics, Fulfilment and Customer Service when he joins the company in the new year. He will join the Shop Direct executive board and will report to CEO, Alex Baldock.

Hackney has worked at Pets at Home since 2007, where he was Executive Director in charge of Logistics and Business Systems.

Commenting on the appointment, Baldock said: “I am delighted that Phil is joining Shop Direct. He is a logistics guru with tonnes of e-comm experience, and I am really looking forward to acting on Phil’s ideas to take our operations to the next level.”

Last week Shop Direct announced a third consecutive year of record profits. The retailer, which in recent years has shifted its business from home shopping catalogues to online, saw pre-tax profits grow by 78% to £71.7m. Group sales were up 3% to £1.8bn with delivering sales growth of 21.1% to £850m.
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