It’s not over yet. Global Pet Expo, another highly regarded and well anticipated pet trade show scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 has gone virtual. American Pet Products Association (APPA) COO and Executive Vice President Andy Darmohraj announced that amid continued safety concerns resulting from the global pandemic, Global Pet Expo will be moving to a fully-digital experience. Presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), Global Pet Expo Digital Access will take place March 24–26, 2021–bridging the 2020 and 2022 live events.
While details for the digital event are being finalized, Show organizers are offering a variety of options for exhibitors. Exhibitors can choose from three packages with opportunities for participation in Global Pet Expo Digital Access, as well as the 2022 Show. In an effort to provide exhibitors ample time to review and make an informed decision about these options, the cancellation deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021. Additionally, every current exhibiting company will receive a call from trade show staff ahead of the cancellation deadline to further explain these options.
Global Pet Expo Digital Access is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals (Buyers). Online registration is live, and buyers that have already successfully registered for Global Pet Expo 2021 will automatically be registered to attend the digital event. Full details about the digital access platform will be released soon.
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s premier event, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2020 Show featured 1,066 exhibitors, 3,541 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,041 pet product buyers from 78 countries attended. In 2021, the event will take place in a fully digital format. Global Pet Expo Digital Access is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. Global Pet Expo Digital Access will take place March 24-26. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.
Editor’s Note — “Global Pet Expo was the last trade show we attended in person before the pandemic shut down all shows and most travel. While we are saddened to wait a bit longer to see our industry colleagues in person, we know the importance of keeping everyone safe. Goodnewsforpets.com has covered the event since its inception and plans to cover the online event in 2021. Our best wishes to the show staff, the exhibitors and our industry colleagues as we navigate these waters together and take all precautions to stay safe.