Google experiments with speedy same-day delivery

Google wants to bring faster shipping to online shopping.

It's easy to buy just about anything online. But after you checkout it's an ambiguous waiting game. You wait 3-5 business days or you pay a little more and wait a little less. Either way there's an awful lot of waiting involved, sometimes making me wonder if it wouldn't have been easier to stop by an actual store. But Google wants to make online shopping better.

Their experiment: Google Shopping Express.

"It's a local delivery service that we hope will make it possible for you to get the items you order online the same day, and at a low cost," said Tom Fallows, a product management director at Google, in a blog post.

The Mountain View, California-based company is in the early stages of the product and is only making it available for a few people in and around San Francisco and Silicon Valley. For now Google is calling on product testers, offering them access to same-day delivery for six months. And, no, you don't have to pay thousands of dollars like Google Glass guinea pigs . For testers, the product is free. Long-term pricing is yet to be determined.

Few details were given of the service, but Fallows did say that testers will be able to purchase items online from a number of different retailers in a single place.

"The pilot will expand as we work out the kinks," Fallows said.

As AFP points out the move will put Google in competition with Amazon which offers a free two-day delivery service to premium annual subscribers.

Google isn't the only company to make shipping news today. Walmart said it's looking to recruit its customers to deliver packages to neighbors. "Crowdsourcing" at its finest?

Photo: Flickr/misterbisson

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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