H-E-B to offer access to handyman, pet services with new partnership

More than 300 people showed up to christen the new West Austin H-E-B.

More than 300 people showed up to christen the new West Austin H-E-B.

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H-E-B continues to do more. The San Antonio-based grocery store recently partnered with a home management platform to offer suggestions and hiring information for local pet service providers, landscapers, repair people, and more.

Thumbtack has rolled out branded displays throughout more than 300 H-E-B stores across Texas that allow customers to scan a QR code to find and access local pet service providers while shopping, according to a news release from the platform on Friday, March 10. Available pet services include dog walking, grooming, pet sitting, training, and more.

Select H-E-B stores have Thumbtack’s On-Demand feature that offers up names of area handymen, lawn care services, and house cleaners for hire. All will be offered at a 10% discount, according to the release. 

The partnership makes it Thumbtack’s first move into physical retail. Thumbtack has an app that allows homeowners to find local service professionals. The company is backed by Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Venture Partners, Baillie Gifford, and CapitalG, among others.

“Thumbtack’s job is to make caring for everything in and around the home a seamless experience for the homeowner,” said David Steckel, senior director of Strategic Partnerships at Thumbtack, in the release. “Expanding into physical retail brings us one step closer to that by allowing us to be a partner for consumers whether they’re shopping in-store for their pets or getting their backyards ready for hosting.”

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