Petco (NASDAQ:PETC) announced a partnership with Instacart to offer a one-hour delivery service to pet lovers in the San Francisco and greater Boston areas. Instacart simultaneously announced it would start delivering Petco products to shoppers in the San Jose area.
Customers will be able to choose from 11,000 Petco products including food, toys and other supplies for dogs, cats, fish, birds and more. Shoppers just go to the Instacart marketplace and select a delivery time frame, which includes one hour, two hour or a scheduled time in the future.
Orders will be made through Instacart's mobile apps, available for iPhone and Android. Instacart personal shoppers receive the order, hand-pick the items at a local Petco and then make the delivery.
"Pet food and supplies is a natural extension of grocery, and we are thrilled to welcome Petco into the Instacart marketplace as the very first non-grocery retailer as we expand our offering," said Apoorva Mehta, CEO and founder. "Our goal is to make it easier and more convenient for retailers to get online and offer one-hour delivery, and we're thrilled to be working with Petco to offer customers a seamless, simple solution that gives them faster access to the products they need to take care of their pets."
As the pet products market continues to grow in popularity, Petco has made significant changes to its executive leadership in the past year to meet these growing needs. In April, Brad Weston was promoted to president of Unleashed, Petco's subsidiary in San Diego. Weston drives all future strategy and operations for Unleashed by Petco, the chain's division of roughly 100 small-format neighborhood stores. Then in May, Larry Rutkowski was named EVP and CFO at Petco.
-See this Instacart press release
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