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NewsPoster Mar 28, 2013 11:49 AM
Google opens same-day delivery pilot scheme in San Francisco
Google has opened up testing for a same-day delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a view to opening up the project to other areas in the future. The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282073==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/10/28/google.move.into.e.commerce.somewhat.murky/" rel='nofollow'>previously rumored</a> service, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282074==http://www.google.com/shopping/express/about/" rel='nofollow'>Google Shopping Express</a>, is offering testers a six-month period of deliveries from retailers in the area at no charge, with all shopping taking place in a single online store. <br />
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Testers will be able to select from a number of local stores, including independent shops as well as large chains like Target, Walgreens, and Staples, states a company blog <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282075==http://googlecommerce.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/calling-all-sf-bay-area-residents-help.html" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">post</a>. The deliveries are then dispatched for a specific time, based upon submitted delivery instructions. A long-term pricing scheme is still being worked out by Google, but it is thought by <em>TechCrunch</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282076==http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/28/google-starts-testing-google-shopping-express-today-in-sf-free-delivery-at-target-walgreens-staples-and-more/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">to</a> cost below $70 per year, directly competing with Amazon Prime. <br />
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Google is not the only company working on offering a same-day delivery service. Auction site <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282077==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/08/06/partners.with.retail.businesses.for.san.francisco. orders/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">eBay</a> has experimented with same-day deliveries through it iOS app, while the US Postal Service have also looked at a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282078==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/10/13/usps.creating.experimental.metro.post/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">similar service</a> under the brand "Metro Post."
 
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