Ikea's Latest Acquisition Will Help Assemble Your Ikea Furniture

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Lest IKEA customers spend precious weekends and vacation days assembling low-cost furniture based on wordless instructions, the company has announced it will buy San Francisco-based on-demand task-doer service TaskRabbit, i.e. the Uber for handymen and those well versed in assembling IKEA wall units.

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has acquired TaskRabbit for an undisclosed amount.

TaskRabbit connects consumers with skilled "Taskers" for help with everything from furniture assembly, to moving and packing, handyman and home improvement jobs. "With the combined forces of IKEA and TaskRabbit, you'll be able to hire a Tasker to deliver and assemble IKEA furniture on your schedule, at a price you can afford, seamlessly".

"We are excited to see Taskers leverage their years of experience and exceptional reviews on the TaskRabbit platform into new opportunities to help Amazon customers with their handyman services needs", said Leah Busque, founder and CEO of TaskRabbit. Best Buy has launched a program that sends employees to the homes of customers to recommend electronics, and Kohl's department store will soon offer a service that would let shoppers hire someone to install products at their homes, according to the AP.

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Once the acquisition is complete, customers at Ikea locations in both the US and in London will be able to take advantage of TaskRabbit taskers. In the communities in which we operate, TaskRabbit provides strong economic impact. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ikea owns and operates 357 stores in 29 countries, the company said. At the same time, operating independently, TaskRabbit "will continue to partner with other retailers and commercial partners", the company said.

Ms. Brown-Philpot and the rest of TaskRabbit's executive team were "committed to staying with the company for the future and well beyond", he said.

Ikea offered few details about how it might integrate TaskRabbit into its operations.

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