Taking yet another bite at Amazon’s empire of quick package deliveries, Google is extending its Google Express shipping service to include next-day delivery services. At this time the range of that service is extremely limited—it extends from Fresno to the Oregon border.
Limited in scale, for now, the expansion of Google Express into next-day delivery is clearly making an inroad into what has come to be known as a core service from Amazon for Prime subscribers. Express first launched a year ago to offer same day shipping to San Francisco residents.
Among the retailers included in the new next day venture are: Target, Toy ‘R’ Us, Walgreens and REI, among others. To receive an order the next day it must be logged into Google’s system by 7 pm. Users are also well served to become GoogleExpress members—Google is currently offering a 6-month free trial membership and is not releasing the cost of becoming a member currently, reports Internet Retailer. Without a membership the per store cost of delivery is $4.99—meaning a non-member user purchasing goods overnight from three stores is facing about $15 in delivery charges.
Also interesting about the new GoogleExpress service—its payment method. Not content to just horn in on Amazon’s action, Google also looks to be making a move on PayPal/eBay’s as well. Reportedly, users pay for goods on GoogleExpress by use of the GoogleWallet—the extremely PayPal-like service that Google has been struggling to launch for over a year.
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