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Water Pik moves into pet care with Pet Wand Pro

BY DSN STAFF
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — An innovation from the makers of WaterPik is looking to make it easier for pet owners to bathe their furry friends. The company, Water Pik, has introduced the Pet Wand Pro, which creates a high-pressure WaterComb spray to get through thick fur while avoiding overspray. 
 
The Pet Wand Pro features a dial to allow users to switch from the high-pressure setting to a narrow spray, or click into pause mode to stop the water flow. It also features a diverter that can attach to existing showerheads and allows water flow to be switched back and forth, as well as an adapter and swivel hose for attaching to a garden hose for outdoor bathing. 
 
“The pet care industry is growing and consumer demand is there for a grooming tool like the new Pet Wand Pro,” Water Pik president and CEO Richard Bisson said. “Waterpik has continually delivered a superior shower performance with revolutionizing technologies. The Pet Wand Pro is our first step into the pet care category providing a much-needed solution for consumers that want to make bath time for pets faster and more enjoyable.”
 
The Pet Wand Pro currently retails on Amazon for $49.99. 
 
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VR ‘how to’ classes make retail debut

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy
Home improvement chain Lowe’s is embarking on the next chapter of its virtual reality journey.
 
On March 7, the home improvement chain’s store in Framingham, Mass., debuted its “Holoroom How To,” Lowe’s first-ever virtual reality DIY skills-training clinic. As consumers enter the interactive virtual reality (VR)-based environment, they wear an HTC Vive headset to receive “hands-on” tutorials on basic DIY skills, including supplies and steps, needed to complete a project.
 
The first module teaches how to tile a shower.
 
“This allows us to teach our customers in a way that we could have never previously imagined, and give them the confidence they need to undertake a daunting renovation,” according to Lowe’s Innovation Labs. 
 
The chain’s prior virtual reality programs helped customers visualize their kitchen and bath renovations, “but we have found a unique opportunity to use the VR platform for skills training,” according to the chain. 
 
“Our studies show that Holoroom How To actually lifts unskilled DIYers to a memory performance level comparable to that of experienced DIYers,” Lowe’s said. “This allows us to teach our customers in a way that we could have never previously imagined, and give them the confidence they need to undertake a daunting renovation.”
 
Two stores in Canada will be next to feature the VR-based classes.
 
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Walmart issues $157M in bonuses to employees

BY Brian Berk

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart issued $157 million in bonuses to 850,000 employees based upon store performance. The bonuses, along with annual pay raises, were included in employees’ March 9 paycheck.

Over the past two years, Walmart has invested billions of dollars in training, education and higher wages. These programs offer associates skills, knowledge and tools to help them grow with the company and provide great customer service during a time of rapid change in shopping habits. During 2016, Walmart launched new training programs for entry-level associates, frontline supervisors, department managers and assistant managers, intended to create clearer career paths and preparing them to succeed in a new, technology-enabled age of retail.

Walmart operates 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide.

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