eBay Now Same-Day Local Delivery Service Expands to 3 More Areas
In March, Google launched its own same-day local delivery service for online orders, starting in San Francisco. The deliveries are made through arrangements with a growing number of area retailers as part of a pilot project, called Google Shopping Express. Google's same-day delivery service initially allowed online shoppers to make purchases from larger retailers that have stores in the Bay Area such as Target, Walgreens, Staples, American Eagle and Toys "R" Us/Babies "R" Us, as well as smaller local retailers like San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee, the Bay Area's Palo Alto Toy & Sport and Raley's Nob Hill Foods. The fledgling Google delivery service was first rumored in early March as a way for the search giant to expand more into the turf of online retailer Amazon.com. Google is always looking for ways to expand its markets, and the retail world is closely aligned with its search services as consumers go to Google to search for products, which they then purchase elsewhere. The concept of expanding its reach into retail sales could help Google close that gap. Google certainly has been experimenting with e-commerce for a long time, with its Google Payments, Google Wallet and Google Checkout products. In February, Google bolstered its online sales capabilities by acquiring Channel Intelligence, which lets consumers buy products directly through product pages on Websites. One of the company's products, its Buy Now app, allows online retailers to show potential buyers a dynamically updated list of online retailers that have the advertised product in stock, where the consumer can purchase the item instantly with a click.This is not the first time that Google has dabbled with the idea of same-day delivery. The idea has at least been in discussions since late 2011, when the company began its Google Product Search service. Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional comments from eBay's Dane Glasgow.
In October 2009, Amazon launched same-day delivery services in seven major U.S. cities as it expanded its buying options for its customers.