Walmart Partners With Angi to Expand Home Service Offerings
Walmart is expanding into home services, reports TechCrunch. The retailer announced a new partnership with Angi (previously Angie’s List), which will make service professionals available to Walmart customers in nearly 4,000 stores across all 50 states. When Walmart customers shop in-store or online, they’ll be able to also book an Angi professional for any of 150 common home projects, including flooring, painting, fence installation as well as smaller jobs like furniture assembly or mounting big-screen TVs. Walmart will be Angi’s first limited-time exclusive retailer to offer these services.
Total Retail's Take: Walmart first stepped into the home services market in 2018 when it teamed up with Handy to sell in-home installation and assembly services in over 2,000 stores, and then later online. Handy was acquired by Angi Homeservices shortly after the partnership was announced, so it was expected that Walmart might expand the deal to include Angi's full range of home services at some point. The timing of this announcement follows a rise in consumer spending on home improvement, maintenance and repair work since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Angi CEO Oisin Hanrahan said in a press release that the partnership will enable Walmart customers to complete home projects "seamlessly with the help of an Angi pro as part of the Walmart shopping experience.”
“Angi brings experience and highly rated pros to our customers to help them get jobs done around the home,” said Darryl Spinks, senior director of retail services at Walmart. Walmart and Angi are both well-positioned to benefit from bringing convenient home services to the retailer's customers, particularly during a housing shortage that is seeing people stay in their homes longer.
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