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These are the biggest e-commerce acquisitions of all time

PetSmart’s acquisition of Chewy is the cherry on top.

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Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

As Recode reported Tuesday, PetSmart is acquiring online pet store Chewy for $3.35 billion — the biggest e-commerce acquisition of all time.

For context, this is an even bigger deal than Walmart’s acquisition of online retailer last year — which was then the biggest e-commerce acquisition to date. These companies are using e-commerce acquisitions to improve their online retail prospects.

Here’s a list of the biggest e-commerce mergers, acquisitions and buyouts of all time, by deal size, according to data from research firm PitchBook.

Update: The chart is focused on acquisitions of private startups and does not include deals involving public companies, such as Zulily.

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