Google is launching a new product, Google Express, an ordering service that will provide home delivery from select retailers.
Express will not be bundled with other Google services.
“Google Express is a freestanding product,” Google Express General Manager Brian Elliott said. “We’re trying to make your life easier.”
Membership will be $95 per year, or customers can pay as they go for $4.99 per order.
“As long as the order is over $15 we’ll deliver it to you,” Elliott said. “If you really need that tube of organic toothpaste, it’s an extra $3. It’s a small order fee if you’re below $15.”
Google Express will be working with the following merchants starting today, Oct. 25.
- Whole Foods Market
- Road Runner Sports
- Sur La Table
- Payless ShoeSource
- Guitar Center
The service is available in Atlanta, Marietta, Savannah, Lawrenceville, Augusta, Alpharetta, Columbus, Decatur and Macon.
Elliott said there currently is not a way for local businesses to use this shopping service.
“We started out with bigger national stores,” he said. “We’re still working on how we make it easier for smaller, or mid-size stores to tap into it.”
He also said that the products will not necessarily come from the chain retail store nearest to you.
“It’s going to come from one somewhere in the southeast,” he said.
Sales taxes will apply depending on the state where the store delivering the product is located.
To learn more about the service, visit: https://www.google.com/express/u/0/