ZINGY DOG VALET SERVICES LAUNCHING AT LOS ANGELES AREA WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTERS IN TIME FOR SUMMER
On-Demand DASH Valet Stands at Westfield Centers Let Users Shop while Zingy Walks, Keeping Pets out of Dangerous Hot Vehicles
LOS ANGELES - Aug. 4, 2015 - Zingy™, the app-based on-demand dog walking service, today announced a partnership with Westfield Corporation that will bring dog valet stands to the company's shopping centers throughout Los Angeles. Beginning with Westfield Topanga, Zingy's plan is to rollout permanent DASH Stands at all Southern California Westfield Shopping Centers, expanding to a national footprint next year.
"Since launching DASH Stands at farmers' markets and office complexes earlier this year, we've received overwhelming demand from dog owners to increase our locations," said Tobi Skovron, Zingy Founder and CEO. "Bringing Zingy DASH Stands (dog valet) to Westfield Centers is a pivotal step forward and in many ways officially makes the participating shopping malls pet-friendly. We solve a problem for dog owners, with the added benefit of ensuring dogs are no longer left in dangerously hot cars during summer."
To book a walk from a DASH Stand, shoppers simply download the free Zingy app, available in both the iTunes and Google Play app stores, enter their dog's information, and visit the DASH location for drop-off to a trained, trusted and educated walker for a 15, 30, 45 or 60-minute walk. Walks start from just $10, and once complete, owners can pick up their furry friend from the DASH Stand. Walks continue until the owner returns, so if lunch runs late, pets will remain in safe and loving hands with Zingy.
"Westfield's strategy is to develop superior retail destinations by integrating food, fashion, leisure and entertainment and by using technology to better connect retailers with consumers," said Beth Ann Kaminkow, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Westfield. "Partnering with Zingy gives our shoppers more convenience, and DASH Stands will resonate perfectly with our audience."
During a Zingy dog walk, owners receive real-time notifications, can monitor the walk live, and receive a care note and photo at the end. Pet owners can also take the service with them and book an on-demand dog walk from anywhere, at anytime. Visit http://www.ZingyPet.com for more information.
Zingy Pet Inc. is a pet company comprised of team members who have been building world-class products and brands within the pet industry since 1991. Turning its attention to today's appetite for on-demand services, Zingy™ worked with IDEO (an award-winning design and innovation firm) to develop an app to connect dog owners with a community of trained and trusted dog walkers. The service allows dog owners to promptly book a walker that will walk their dog, one-on-one, at times when the owner is unavailable to do so. Once a service is complete, owners are notified of their four-legged friend's outing by receiving an in-app care note and happy snap of the dog. Zingy protocol requires each walker to satisfy a rigorous 6-point background check to ensure walker integrity, while peer-to-peer reviews and a star rating system ensures dog owner peace of mind. Currently, Zingy operates exclusively in the Los Angeles metropolitan area with plans in place to expand nationwide.
Westfield Corporation (ASX: WFD) is a global leader in the design, development and operation of premier retail destinations with interests in 40 shopping centers in the United States and United Kingdom, along with a major development site in Milan, Italy. In the U.S., Westfield's portfolio of 38 shopping centers includes more than 6,700 retail shops across 46 million square feet of space in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington.