The Davis Difference
Grooming Business: Tell us a little about Davis Manufacturing and its history in the grooming industry.
Terri Wellman: Davis Manufacturing was founded by Al Davis more than 30 years ago. Starting with just a few shampoos, Davis was a pioneer in manufacturing products and selling/shipping direct to groomers. His attention to the quality of his products, innovative ideas and desire to take great care of customers helped to launch Davis Manufacturing and grow it into the business it is today. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy getting a fantastic price and orders shipped out the same day? Over the years, Davis has continued to add products and services to enhance its core product line.
GB: What are the latest product offerings from Davis manufacturing? How do these products benefit professional groomers?
Wellman: Davis Manufacturing continues to develop and manufacture new products. One of our latest additions is the Davis Hydrocortisone Spray, which expands our therapeutic line. Professional groomers frequently see pets suffering from extremely itchy, dry skin, so the Hydrocortisone Spray will help them in providing relief for their clients.
Natural and eco-friendly is a huge trend in many industries, and Davis has recently introduced the Pure Planet Eco-Friendly line with an extremely effective pairing of natural flea and tick products with an improved biodegradable stain and odor remover. The benefit for the groomer is in knowing they are using effective products manufactured without dangerous chemicals.
Lastly, for the creative groomer or the groomer that wants to stand out, Davis Manufacturing offers Studio Colors, semi-permanent dye in five fun colors. The ability to do something cool and colorful for clients or step into the world of competitive creative grooming is something that appeals to today’s professional groomer.
GB: This month’s cover story is about professional groomers’ role in maintaining a pet’s health. What is your perspective on this role? What products does Davis offer that can help in this regard?
Wellman: Professional groomers play a key role in helping to maintain a pet’s health. Head to tail and everywhere in between, professional groomers cover it all and are often the first to notice changes in a pet. Regular grooming is important for overall health and well-being, and Davis covers every aspect of grooming. Davis offers a full line of shampoos, therapeutic products, ear care, supplements, the ProPet Washer, and flea and tick products. These are all important tools to help keep clients’ pets healthy and happy.
GB: What are the biggest challenges facing professional groomers today? What are the keys to meeting these challenges?
Wellman: There are so many big challenges that groomers face. Based on the feedback we get from our customers, one of the biggest recent challenges would be with the winter weather that has affected most of the country. This has made an impact on their business and resulted in a decrease in revenue. Ways to meet these challenges is to order products early, in case inclement weather slows delivery; offer incentives to customers to quickly reschedule missed appointments; and research ways to winterize your shop or mobile grooming business.
GB: What does the future hold for Davis Manufacturing?
Wellman: Davis plans to continue working toward bringing new and innovative products to the grooming industry. This will also include a selection of items for those with retail space to help create added revenue for their shop and services to their clients.