Google Shopping Express takes on Amazon same-day delivery, with LA and Manhattan launches
Merely a few days after Amazon announced it is expanding its same-day delivery service to Los Angeles, Google has followed up with a similar expansion to West Los Angeles and Manhattan for its Shopping Express same-day delivery service.
Google Shopping Express lets you browse products from local stores at google.com/express or through its Android and iOS apps. Once you find a product you want, simply check out and select a delivery window. Google will accept orders until 4 PM for delivery in the final window of 6 PM to 9 PM. The service doesn't have any surcharges or mark-ups, and it actually offers in-store discounts for some products and allows you to accrue loyalty points via a store rewards card.
Google launched Shopping Express on a free trial basis in San Francisco and Silicon Valley in 2013. And now it is available in the Los Angeles area, including neighborhoods like Culver City, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, West Los Angeles, and Westwood. It will soon expand to Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, West Hollywood, as well. A few of the featured retailers are Costco, Target, Walgreens, and many more.
As for Manhattan, local retailers include Babies“R”Us, Costco, Fairway Market, L’Occitane, Staples, Target, and Walgreens. Google said it is looking to add more national and local merchants - while also expanding to the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn in the coming months. If you live in Manhattan or LA and want to try Google Shopping Express today, you can enjoy a free $10 to spend and six months of free deliveries. There's no minimum purchase required.
In addition, Google revealed it is using third-party couriers through an in-person delivery program. The couriers will wear Google Shopping Express uniforms and should be driving Google-branded vehicles, according to The Los Angeles Times.