IKEA has reportedly bought a startup that could fix the most annoying thing about the iconic furniture company.
The home-goods giant has acquired TaskRabbit, Recode reported Thursday, citing sources close to the situation.
TaskRabbit is a “gig economy”-style startup founded in 2008. The company lets users hire temporary workers to deliver purchases, clean homes, and even assemble furniture.
IKEA already has an official partnership with TaskRabbit in the UK. The program offers fixed pricing for IKEA customers seeking someone to assemble furniture purchased from IKEA — a famously tricky task.
“The purchase of TaskRabbit was fuelled by IKEA’s need to bolster its digital customer service capabilities to better compete with rivals likes Amazon, which has stepped up its home goods and installation offerings,” Recode reported. “The purchase is IKEA’s first step into the on-demand platform space.”
Recode could not determine how much IKEA reportedly paid for TaskRabbit, which has raised roughly $US50 million since it was founded in 2008. IKEA didn’t immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
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