VentureBeat provides timely coverage of the latest move by Google to update their eCommerce and home delivery service with this latest piece that will probably catch the attention of competitors Amazon and Walmart, rolling out same-day and next-day delivery service in cities like Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
"Google Express has built partnerships over the last several months with national vendors including 1-800-Flowers, Barnes & Noble, Nine West, PetSmart, Vitamin Shoppe, and Sports Authority. Google has also partnered with regional businesses like New York’s Paragon Sports. In total, Express has added 16 new brands to its on-demand delivery service."
For $95 bucks, customers get an annual membership, or opt to pay $4.99 per order.
For anyone who leads a busy lifestyle and understands what the significance of these developments mean, one can't help but wonder what to make of those stores who rely predominantly on antiquated in-store customer experiences, and have yet to begin to beef-up their online presence. When factored with things like traffic congestion, parking, long walks into and around large stores, lack of effective customer service, long checkout routines, and then the drive back home, this is almost certain to disrupt traditional brick and mortar retail as consumers begin to rethink their traditional shopping habits, and assuming that the list of stores that they deliver from will continue to expand given the winning image that Google has with consumers.