Walmart Inc, the global e-commerce giant, has announced signing a deal with pet telehealth provider Pawp. According to a report by Reuters, the partnership will enhance access of Pawp’s veterinary professionals to the retailer’s subscribed members via video or text without appointments.
From now, Walmart+ customers can use Pawp’s services for a year. The company is eying to tap the growing market demand for pet telehealth from inflation-hit customers seeking cheaper alternatives.
With this latest agreement, Walmart aims to strengthen its position in terms of competing with Amazon on the ground of e-commerce. It is also aiming to roll out new services and value deals.
Recently, the global e-commerce giant announced laying off nearly 2,000 staff across five e-commerce fulfillment centres in the United States. The layoffs included 1,000 workers in Fort Worth and Texas, 600 in Pennsylvania, 400 in Florida and 200 in New Jersey. Media reports suggested that the company is planning to reduce staff in the California region.
The Reuters report stated that pet retailer platforms are increasing their business significantly. Pet retailer Chewy and its competitor Petco Health and Wellness Company have also been expanding their telehealth offerings. In 2021, Petco valued the pet industry business at $119 billion.