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Walmart wants your pets to be customers

Erika Beras May 7, 2019
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Walmart probably already has your business — 95% of American consumers bought something from one of its stores or its website as of a couple of years ago, according to NPD Group. Now it wants your pets’ business, too: The retailer plans to have veterinary clinics up and running in about 100 stores within a year, and it’s launching an online pet pharmacy. We’re spending twice as much on our pets as we did 12 years ago, according to the American Pet Products Association, and Walmart’s aiming for a bigger slice of a market that was worth $72 billion last year.

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