Dog-grooming services launched in Rover’s marketplace in 2019. (Rover Photo)

Dog-grooming services are getting clipped from Rover’s marketplace, at least for now.

Citing the challenges of the labor market, the Seattle-based company confirmed Monday that it will no longer in-home grooming in the 14 cities where the service had expanded since its debut more than two years ago.

GeekWire learned of the decision this weekend from a Rover customer in Seattle who tried unsuccessfully to book a grooming appointment. The company issued this statement in response to our inquiry:

“Through the grooming option offered on our platform in 14 cities, thousands of pet parents arranged high-quality grooms for their pets. We heard from many pet parents that they valued the opportunity to have their pets groomed by experienced providers in the comfort of their own homes.

“Dog grooming is technical and requires a specific set of skills, and there is currently a labor shortage in this specific industry. Given the realities of that aspect of the labor market, we do not believe now is the right time to scale up this offering. We’ll continue to investigate ways to address the grooming market opportunity in the future.”

Rover said it doesn’t expect any layoffs associated with …read more

Source:: GeekWire


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