Google just launched a new experiment called Google Shopping Express, a local, same-day delivery service, to a small number of people in the Bay Area.
The official Google Commerce blog has the story:
As a tester, you will be able to shop online, in a single place, from retailers such as Target, Walgreens, Staples, American Eagle and Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us — along with locally distinct shops such as San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee, and the Bay Area’s Palo Alto Toy & Sport and Raley’s Nob Hill Foods, and get your items delivered that same day. So hopefully, no more trips across town for simple errands.
As previously reported, and according to Google’s announcing blog post, Tom Fallows leads Google Shopping Express as its Product Management Director.
Those who live in the San Francisco Bay Area that would like to test the new experiment can sign up online today. Google also said it is still working on a long-term pricing plan, but early testers get “six months of free, unlimited same-day delivery.”
“The pilot will expand as we work out the kinks, so please stay tuned,” Google added.
9to5Google first heard last year that Google looked to take down Amazon Prime with its own same-day shipping service, and the project began in the Google X incubator headed by cofounder Sergey Brin. We also heard somewhat wild information on the program: Google, in the long run, plans to use self-driving cars and flying drones as means of delivery.
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