Albertsons goes to the dogs with new connected store offering

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Albertsons goes to the dogs with new connected store offering

By Dan Berthiaume - 09/03/2019
Albertsons is providing dog owners with a high-tech alternative to leaving their pooch in the car during shopping trips.

The grocery retailer is partnering with DogSpot, provider of high-tech pet safety sanctuaries, to place DogSpot houses outside of two stores in Boise and Meridian, Idaho. The houses are app-connected and available on both iPhone and Android. Customers may reserve a house up to 15 minutes before use through the app, or use an available house immediately upon arrival.

DogSpot houses lock to allow only the customer's specific app account access to the house while their dog is inside, to ensure the dog’s safety while the customer shops. They are also temperature-controlled with fresh air ventilation to keep an optimal temperature inside for the dog and equipped with vet-grade UVC lights that sanitize the house automatically between each new session. Furthermore, customers can monitor their dog through the DogSpot app's puppy-cam feature while they shop.

"At Albertsons, we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers," said John Colgrove, Albertsons Companies Intermountain Division president. "Having DogSpot houses available at our two Albertsons stores will offer our customers who are running errands with their pets a safe and comfortable option for them while they do their shopping."

Customers can download the app and sign up free. The service costs $0.30 per minute.