Flatpack furniture giant Ikea has acquired services firm TaskRabbit as part of plans to make “customers‘ lives a little bit easier”.
The takeover of the firm, which sends workers to carry out odd jobs around the people’s homes, follows a successful trial of the service across Ikea’s London estate late last year.
Although the value of the acquisition deal remains unclear, TaskRabbit will continue to operate as an independent company within Ikea.
TaskRabbit operates in 40 cities in the US and UK and allows users to order handymen to carry out tasks like assembling furniture, making deliveries or cleaning through its app.
“We need to develop the business faster and in a more flexible way,” Ikea‘s chief executive Jesper Brodin said.
“An acquisition of TaskRabbit would be an exciting leap in this transformation.
“We will be able to learn from TaskRabbit‘s digital expertise, while also providing Ikea customers additional ways to access flexible and affordable service solutions.”