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Home services site Handy has furniture assembly deal with Crate and Barrel

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By Melissa Fares

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home will partner with home services platform Handy to offer and home decor installation across the United States, joining a growing list of seeking to win over shoppers with services, a said on Monday.

Customers who dislike do-it-yourself chores will now be able to walk up to store associates at any of the 90 stores across the country and arrange for a to come to their home between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., any day of the week, to complete the task.

The Northbrook, Illinois-based retailer was expected to announce the partnership later on Monday. The decision is the latest example of a responding to new by offering a range of services complementing its furniture assortment.

Task Rabbit, a rival of Handy, was bought by Swedish in September 2017. Determined to win over online shoppers, told it was expanding into interior design and looking at services such as furniture repair to gain an edge.

For now, customers will only be able to book a while physically in the store and Handy installation is not currently available for Crate and Barrel products purchased online, a said.

Prices for the services range from $59 to $199, a said. Hanging wall art, for example, costs $65. Desk assembly costs $109.

This is the first time Crate and Barrel is doing business with Handy, which also offers home services such as and mounting via partnerships with retailers Walmart, and eBay Inc.

Separately, on Friday debuted an dubbed "MoDRN" and said in a company blog post it would launch new furniture and decor seasonally.

Over the past year, Walmart has seen a nearly 35 percent increase in visits to its home destination, with most customers spending more time on the site, according to the post.

The companies did not reveal financial terms of the partnership.

(Reporting by in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 02:52 IST