Google takes on same-day delivery
On any given day, our banal yet time-consuming to-do list could read as follows: Go to grocery store, buy tampons and pick up Post-its (to write more to-dos on, of course).
Google is coming to our rescue. The Internet giant is introducing a same-day delivery service called Google Shopping Express.
Here’s the drill: You shop online for what you need from a number of retailers including Target, Walgreens, Office Depot and Raley’s. Then you select a delivery window for that day and provide your drop-off location. A trusty courier is assigned to pick up your orders. To pay, create a Google Wallet and save your credit-card info for future purchases.
Though the service is still in beta stage, you can sign up to be a tester. After waiting a week or so to get access, we eagerly placed our first order, requesting said feminine products and office supplies. We tacked on these fringed sandals from American Eagle Outfitters for good measure. Within two hours of our delivery window, a jovial courier arrived with our items in stark-white bags with Google stickers.
Testers receive six months of free delivery (Google will reveal non-tester pricing in the near future), and the service is available in more than 100 Bay Area zip codes. If only Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were the interns making the drop-offs.