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Walmart Hands Off TV Installs To Handy

Walmart has tapped nationwide service provider Handy to handle in-home TV mounting and furniture assembly.

Since the advent of wall-mounted flat-panel TVs, Walmart has tapped and tested third-party resources from N.E.W. to Dell to provide home installation services for its customers.

Now meet its latest service partner, Handy.

Like Angie’s List and Amazon’s Home Services store, Handy is a nationwide clearinghouse for some 80,000 vetted home pros who can be booked online or, beginning in April, through more than 2,000 Walmart stores.

See: Amazon Adds Home Services Store

Pricing starts at $79 for TV mounting, and the partners will also offer furniture assembly for $59 and up. Customers can schedule appointments for 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, and all work is guaranteed.

“Our program with Handy enables us to eliminate the friction of installation and assembly, and offer customers a convenient, delightful experience from start to finish,” said Daniel Eckert, senior VP, Walmart services and digital acceleration.

Next month’s national rollout follows a 25-store test in Atlanta.

New York-based Handy was founded in 2012 and has already completed millions of bookings for cleaning, assembly, plumbing, electrical, smart-home, home networking and handyman services.

Walmart is the latest addition to Handy’s growing lineup of retail and vendor partners including Wayfair, b8ta and TWICE Picks Award winner Como Audio.

See: b8ta Adding Smart-Home Install Services

In related installer news, Innovel Solutions, Sears’ national logistics provider for delivery and installation of major appliances, opened a new call center in Manteno, Ill., on March 20. The facility, the first Innovel-branded building, will add about 30 new jobs to manage inbound and outbound customer calls.

First launched as Terminal Freight Forwarding Corp. in 1939, the Sears subsidiary currently makes more than four million deliveries annually and has 1,100 trucks on the road daily.

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