BRISBANE, Calif., March 31, 2005 — Today, Walmart.com announces the official launch of pet merchandise, available online at www.walmart.com. Now, pet owners and gift-givers alike can easily and conveniently shop online for a variety of pet necessities, personalized items, and unique gifts — all at a great Wal-Mart value.
As more and more customers enhance their pets’ lifestyles, Walmart.com makes shopping for pets even more enjoyable and convenient. The new pet store at Walmart.com offers even more opportunities for customers to pamper their pets. Now, shoppers can find items ranging from grooming mitts, self-cleaning litter boxes and pooch perfumes to flea and tick treatments, organic treats, shampoos and more.
At prices ranging from less than $5 to more than $200, Walmart.com carries a broad pet assortment for dogs, cats, fish and small animals – all at Every Day Low Prices customers trust from Wal-Mart. Also, customers can enjoy this product assortment that goes above and beyond the selection of pet merchandise available in Wal-Mart stores including:
-Pet gift baskets including “brunch for a couple and their dog”
-Environmentally friendly pet beds
-Purple dog pajamas
-Personalized pet bags, photo frames and blankets
-Pet carriers in various sizes
-Variety of toys and treats for dogs
1. American Pet Product Manufacturer’s Association (APPMA).
“Pets are becoming more and more important in people’s lives, and customers are expressing that feeling in the marketplace,” said Tricia Doty, Walmart.com’s director of merchandising, home and family. “Pet merchandise has consistently been a top search component at Walmart.com, and by complementing what our Wal-Mart stores already offer, we’re making it possible to buy great pet items without pet store prices.”
Added Doty, “In a country where 83 percent of pet owners refer to themselves as ‘Mommy’ or ‘Daddy,’ and 72 percent of pet owners buy their pets holiday gifts, this new department needs no explanation. In fact, the relationship between people and their pets has been growing closer, and many people are now looking to spoil their pets from time to time.”2
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos of various pet items at Walmart.com are available upon request.