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We have been selling the FURminator since we opened nine years ago. Ever since my wife bought one for our long haired German Shepherd. I was impressed!
We stock these all the time and our normal price for them (£38.99 for large) is less than at PAH (£42.00) and other local suppliers. Now we have an extra 15% off (whilst stocks last – until the end of June) so now is the best time to invest in the best bit of home dog grooming kit you can buy
Angell Pets FURminator offer is on until the end of June 2018 and is whilst stocks last so grabe your bargain whilst it is still here. Of course when the offer ends we are still cheaper than our competitors!
We wondered why we keep selling out of dried mealworms and other wild bird food so we had a look about. We couldn’t believe the prices other shops are charging. PAH are charging over twice as much as us for 500g bags of dried mealworms! How a large company like that, with much better buying power than little old us can justify it is beyond me. Anyway, here are some examples of price comparisons. Please note; these are not special offers or discounted lines, just our regular prices.
Not quite sure why anyone would drive all the way out to these facelss chainstores when you can get it cheaper in an independant local shop, the power of multi million pound advertising campaigns I suppose and I guess there is the reason for the hicked prices.
Plastic carrier bags are going from Angell Pets very soon so we can do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic finding its way into the environment.
We have been trying to figure out how to reduce the use of plastic bags in our shop for a while now. There are only two effective ways to do this:-
1) To charge for the bags to encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags or
2) Get rid of them completely and try an alternative.
We have chosen to go with option number 2, although this will actually cost us more! Once our current stock of plastic bags has run out we will not be getting any more in.
We didn’t want to start charging for bags as this would cause disagreements at the till, with some customers not wanting to pay as it is not yet law for small shops and in any event we would still be giving out the plastic bags.
Instead will be providing small paper bags (one per transaction). Paper bags actually cost us quite a lot more. For example a decent paper bag (shown) costs us around 8-9p each, where as the same size plastic bag costs us 1-2p. However the paper bags we can provide are not very large so we are asking customers to help us reduce non recycleable waste by bringing your own “bag for life” just like you would do at the super market.
We still have a small stock of plastic bags to use up (may as well get a use out of them; if we hand them out or throw them in the bin they are still going to end up in land fill).
For the time being our 1kg bagged up food will still be in polythene bags until we can find a suitable alternative. We are trialing something but it may take a few goes to get the right product.The product we got in to try this week won’t really work so we will use them for frozen rats and mice instead.
With the move from Southgate Street to our new shop in Hucclecote we have been unable to stock birds. Birds have a very efficient respiratory system, the down side of which is that they are susceptible to anything airborn. We have been decorating various sections of the shop since we moved in and so have been unable to stock birds due to the paint fumes. This is now completed in the main shop area and so we are now able to re-stock with birds.
The first of the birds came in last week and we now have the following in stock:-
Now we are back in a permanent base we have relaunched our wholesaler’s monthly offers scheme. We are cheaper than Pets at Home and Jolleys for most things anyway but these offers beat on line suppliers too. If you add on the savings you get with our customer loyalty scheme (effectively an additional 2.5% off everything you have bought) it make our prices even more attractive. With FREE car parking and friendly, knowledgable service, why go anywhere else? Don’t forget, if we don’t have what you normally buy in stock we can probably get it. We are a small, independant business and that means we can be extremely flexible with what we stock.
As a bonus for April, we have launched these offers early and they are avaiable in store and on line from today.
Here at Angell Pets we are always looking at ways of helping the environment and helping fellow local businesses wtih new ideas. We were pleased to trial out a new product that was presented to us by a local recycling company, although when it was presented we were still closed for the recent relocation and refurbishment. Since then we have trialled the product with our own animals in store and are happy to report excellent results.
The product is going to be branded as “Nest” bedding. Actually it is so new that the brand name is not finalised but I am asssured this is the front runner. For the time being we are selling it under our own Angell Pets ® brand.
As part of the teabag manufacturing process, a lot of offcut teabag paper is produced, prior to the final teabag pressing and cutting. This paper is very soft and absorbant and has not been treated with any chemicals (or used in teabag testing, so it is not stained with tannins). A local recycling company has the contract for disposing of this waste and was looking for a novel solution. This is when they approached us for our advice on its suitability as an animal bedding. We thought it a good idea and after investigating the contents agreed to give it a try. We have since used all the material we were given for the trial and it has been a resounding success.
Not only is the product a safe animal bedding, suitable for all small mammals, including rats as it is dust free and absorbant but as it is untreated it is readilly compostable. Not only will you be giving your pet an excellent product but you will be helping to prevent this material ending up in landfil and supporting local businesses. Also it is available in larger bags than contemporary products making it much more cost effective. We are selling 1kg bags for £3.59, compared to the nearest product available, Safebed which is £1.09 for approx 90g or £12.11 per kg! It even compares well with other substrate products used for rats, with their sensitive respiratory tracts.
Angell Pets ® and APL™ are registered trade marks of Angell Pets Ltd
Recently there have been some high profile closures of some large retail names and reports of yet others getting into serious difficulties. There are lots of reasons companies get into problems and I am sure that for some of these undertakings there may have been management issues but the main cause is being put down to a failure to respond to, or at least being slow to respond to, changes in their customers’ shopping habits.
There are two main reasons usually given. One is the percieved switch to on line shopping. This could obviously effect us. However with on line shopping, the customer is normally just buying a product they have seen elsewhere and that does not require any forethought. With us it is a little different. We sell some quite specialist products that need an expert to explain the choices available to the customer and in the case of animals we do not sell these on line at all, as we do not believe anyone should buy an animal they have not seen before. Also we are not comfortable couriering animals to people we have never met as we feel we have a responsibility to the animal. Obviously not everything we sell needs this level of support and so we do have an on line web store as well, for the convenience of our more distant customers and so people can see what we stock.
The other reason given is a bit of a more recent change but is having a huge effect on everyone from superstores and supermarkets to any chain with a mainly out of town presence. Customers are shifting to smaller, more local shopping trips instead of large weekly or monthly expeditions to the out of town complexes. Shops like Toys R Us, Maplin, Countrywide have all now gone or are in serious trouble as well as a lot of restaurant chains that tend to inhabit these out of town retail parks.
This change is also effecting our section of the industry. In the past the trend has been away from local pet shops to larger chains on retail parks. This is changing. Customers are starting to recognise the convenience of a local store and the better levels of service and advice they can get. In our case we are actually more competitive on price as well. For customers it is starting to become a bit of a no brainer. Why travel a few miles to a faceless chainstore, staffed in the main by retail assistants with nothing more than a basic level of knowledge of the pets they are selling and the products they need and then to pay more for the privilege as well!
So it was nice timing for us to have moved away from the Quays area, with its over priced shops and poor parking, to a local precinct with ample free parking, close to our main customer base but with good links to further afield. Of course you could always drive all the way out to a pet supermarket if you want but why pay more?
We have stocked Ezy Dog products for some time, however as part of our restocking of the new shop we have to make a bit of space. With this in mind we are offering all our remaining stock of Ezy Dog collars, leads and harnesses at half price.
This offer is open to in store and web customers. It is only for existing stock so do get in quick before the items go.