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Google to Offer Free Same Day Delivery from Whole Foods, Costco, Target and More

 I buy almost everything online.  I even get meats and proteins through the mail and I use Amazon Pantry.  It’s my way of coping with being on the road so much.

I’ve been eagerly looking forward to Amazon Fresh being released in my area, but there’s a new competitor.  Which is great, since I’ve been seeing mixed reviews of Amazon’s expensive Fresh product (grocery delivery service).

Google Express is $95 a year.  After that, it offers free same-day delivery from many stores, as long as you spend at least $15.

They’ve been around in California for a little while, but is in the process of widening its delivery window.

Right now, it is available in:

 

  • San Francisco
  • Peninsula & San Jose
  • West Los Angeles
  • Manhattan
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC

Unfortunately, I’m just outside of the range of delivery, so I can’t try it out to review just yet.  But other products that started in just the DC area have quickly expanded to where I am, so I’m hopeful it will be here soon.

The pricing will be the same as in-store pricing, but they do not support the use of coupons.

If you did not want to pay for a whole membership, it looks like you can do one-offs for $5.  But you can also try out the product for three months free.

Either way, I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity to never have to go to the store again.

groceries

 

For reference, the stores available in San Francisco are:

Alcoholic beverage purchases incur a negligible “ID verification fee” for members– $0.01.  $3 for non-members.

 

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5 comments

  1. To see the DC options use zip code 20005. The choices are much more limited than SFO and each store only lists select items. From what I can see in DC there are no fresh items in the grocery section (unless you consider “bread” as fresh):
    Top Categories

    Bakery ›

    Bread & Buns

    Bagels

    Pastries & Scones

    Cookies

    Grains, Rice & Cereal ›

    Cereal

    Oats & Grits

    Rice

    Quinoa

    Beverages ›

    Coffee

    Juice

    Water

    Soda

    Snack Foods ›

    Crackers

    Chips

    Fruit Snacks

    Cereal & Granola Bars

    Baking ›

    Baking Mixes

    Flour

    Sugar

    Cooking Oil

    Seasonings ›

    Herbs & Spices

    Salt

    Pepper

    Dips & Spreads ›

    Jams & Jellies

    Nut Butters

    Salsa

    Condiments ›

    Ketchup

    Hot Sauce

    Pasta Sauce

    Salad Dressing

    Household Supplies ›

    Laundry

    Cleaning

    Paper Products

    Trash Bags

    Pet Supplies ›

    Dog

    Cat

    Bird

    Pet Odor & Stain Removers

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      Thanks! I think they just moved into the DC area, so I hope the options expand soon. They’ve been in the other areas much longer.

  2. It’s been running for a while. I looked at it at the release and didn’t see much for me, especially since only my work address is in the zone.

    This article shows October 2014 as start date:
    http://mashable.com/2014/10/14/google-express-boston-chicago-washington/

  3. Um, I’ve been a member since June 2013, so this is hardly new.

    While they do not support the use of coupons, you will get the same in-store pricing such as Costco warehouse offer sale pricing. They will deliver some produce items like bananas and avocados, but nothing that has to be refrigerated.

    Your purchases are routed as a Google wallet transaction, so forget about any credit card category bonuses other than general online shopping bonuses. Also, you cannot use store gift cards or store credit cards (i.e. Target RedCard).

    Overall, the service is still totally worth it if the items you want are covered. I like this much better than instacart which as far as I’ve seen marks up each item. I’d prefer to see same store pricing and pay a separate service fee.

  4. Its not free. You have to pay $95 per year. Please get your headline straight

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