Exclusive: Google plans to launch Google Shopping Express in Boston next week
Watch out, Google is shipping out to Boston! The company’s same day delivery service Google Shopping Express is set to launch next week.
UPDATE: After this post went live, my source and all other Google Express Shopping employees were emailed the memo below, further proving the legitimacy of this story:
There seems to a legion of same day delivery apps and services out there, a large number of them shipping out to Boston. For the average consumer, it can be hard to keep track of all them. There’s a new player in town, however, looking to take over the market. You might of heard of them: Google.
They already deliver your search results, emails, and calendar invites; why not something from your local department or grocery store?
The company has been testing out a same-day delivery service here in Boston for the past couple of months, and rumor has it, they plan on rolling it out publicly sometime within the next week. This is according to someone directly involved with the project, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the project.
Naturally, Google denies it.
When I reached out to Google, a Google Spokesperson issued KnowTechie this statement:
“It’s no secret that we’re looking forward to bringing Google Shopping Express to more consumers and more cities, but we have nothing to announce at this time.”
According to my source, Google Shopping Express was originally planned to launch in September, but in what seems to be the norm these days, the company pushed the launch back. He further added that a company meeting was held on October 3rd to inform the Google Shopping Express team of the launch next week. “I’m 100% sure they’ll be launching next week, they’re even providing us with the uniforms in a couple of days!” my source excitingly told me in an interview.
Google currently has roughly 60 store operators on staff, who are all contracted by a staffing agency, Adecco. My source informed me that they are currently recruiting more for the launch.
Here’s what we know:
Google Shopping Express allows users to shop local stores online and get items delivered the same day. Google Shopping Express is currently available in San Francisco and New York City. They’re currently testing in other markets but it’s unclear which markets they are in. You can see if its available in your area here.
Here’s how Google Express Shopping works
Say you want to buy something from Stop & Shop but you’re too busy to leave the house. All you have to do is pull out your phone and load up the Google Shopping Express app. With a few swipes you can order milk and Lucky Charms to be delivered to your front door within a 3-4 hour window.
Each store has it’s own Google Shopping Express fulfillment station. A store operator receives the order on his Nexus 5, kindly provided by Google. The store operator picks the order and packages the contents of the order in a separate Google Shopping Express bag or box. The delivery driver shows up at the store, picks up your order and makes his way to your home.