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Google Shopping Express, Google's answer to eBay Now and Amazon Prime, began a same-day delivery pilot program in San Francisco in March. Now, Mashable reports the company will offer the test program outside of city limits to the rest of the Bay Area. With kinks worked out and the program growing consistently, Google will work with its nine retail partners (including Target, Blue Bottle Coffee, and American Eagle Outfitters) to deliver a variety of items only hours after the clicking the buy button.
You can apply to be a tester, and if you're chosen you get free membership for six months. The same-day delivery space is getting crowded, with offerings from Shutl, Walmart, Amazon, and FedEx—even the U.S. Postal Service is experimenting with it. But Google may find smashing success if the program saves mid-Peninsula shoppers a trip to Union Square.—Esther Hahn
· Google Shopping Express Expands [Mashable]
· Procrastinators, Rejoice! Same-Day Delivery Is Coming to SF [Racked]
· Google Launches Same-Day Shipping in the Bay Area [Racked]