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Billion-Dollar Business Goes To The Dog Walkers

Dog walking is billion-dollar industry

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Americans love their pets.

Almost half of all U.S. households have a dog, according to the American Pet Products Association.

More millennials — people roughly between the ages of 23 and 38 — own pets than anyone else, and are willing to spend more money on their furry friends than any previous generation. Pet owners pay out about $70 billion a year on their pets, according to the APPA, and that includes hiring dog walkers to take the animals for a stroll while their owners are at work, away, or otherwise occupied.

The dog walking industry brought in $1 billion dollars in 2018, according to market research firm IBISWorld.

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Heather Rice runs her own dog-walking firm in Northern Virginia. VOA recently spent a day on the job with her. (VOA)

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Google Acquires No-Code Application Development Platform AppSheet to Help Businesses

"The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the coming weeks," said Google

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Google also announced the acquisition of Pointy, a company based in Dublin, Ireland that has helped thousands of local retailers bring their product inventory online. Pixabay

Google has acquired leading no-code application development platform AppSheet to help businesses create and extend applications without coding.

AppSheet is used by a number of enterprises across a variety of industries. The acquisition will help enterprises empower millions of citizen developers to more easily create and extend applications without the need for professional coding skills, Google said in a statement.

“With this acquisition, customers will be able to develop richer applications at scale that leverage not only Google Sheets and Forms which are already popular with customers, but other top Google technologies like Android, Maps and Google Analytics,” said Amit Zavery Vice President, Business Application Platform, Google Cloud.

Founded in 2012 in Seattle, AppSheet’s customers include Pepsi, Toyota, Whirlpool, the Global Cancer Institute, Costco and the University of Michigan, among others. “AppSheet customers can continue to integrate with a number of cloud-hosted data sources including Salesforce, Dropbox, AWS DynamoDB and MySQL,” said Zavery.

AppSheet complements Google Cloud’s strategy to reimagine the application development space with a platform that helps enterprises innovate with no-code development, workflow automation, application integration and API management as they modernise their business processes in the cloud. “As we’ve matured, so has the IT industry, and there is now a tremendous pent-up demand for enterprise automation,” said Praveen Seshadri, AppSheet CEO.

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Google has acquired leading no-code application development platform AppSheet to help businesses create and extend applications without coding. Pixabay

“With the rise of low- and no-code platforms, citizen development has emerged as the strategic way for modern organisations to invest, innovate, and compete,” he added. Google also announced the acquisition of Pointy, a company based in Dublin, Ireland that has helped thousands of local retailers bring their product inventory online.

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With Pointy, merchants simply plug a small box into their barcode scanner or install the Pointy app on their point of sale system, which surfaces the products that they sell directly into the “See what’s in store” section of their business profile on Google Search.

“The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the coming weeks,” said Google. (IANS)

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