Google Express rolls out in West Michigan

A screen shot of the Google Express homepage. (Sept. 8, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Google Express, a shopping website, has rolled out in West Michigan.

“Google Express is our shopping and delivery platform,” Google Express General Manager Brian Elliott explained. “So what we’re doing is we just launched Google Express in the Midwest, and we have 16 merchants.”

The website, powered by Google, allows shoppers to order from 15 stores like Costco, Walgreens and Toys R Us, and receive their orders at their front door by the next day.

Previously, the service was only available in large cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. But on Tuesday, the service rolled out in the Midwest, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Muskegon.

In large cities, same-day delivery is an option, but that feature is not available yet in West Michigan.

“If you can order something by like 5 o’clock in the evening and get it delivered tomorrow from 16 merchants, it’s a great way to shop merchants you love, get products delivered to you and get them pretty fast,” Elliott said.

A membership costs $95 a year and members get free deliveries on any purchase of more than $15. Any purchase less than $15 would have a $3 small-order fee.

People who wish to use the service but don’t have a membership will pay $4.99 for delivery for orders that total more than $15.

“We particularly get heavy usage from folks like my wife and I, who are both working parents, a couple of young kids. We got so many errands and so many different things we have to take care of. Helping to make shopping easier and bring products to us just makes our lives easier. So a lot of folks are working parents; it’s a great way to help them out,” Elliott said.

Through Sept. 30, 2015, new members can get a three-month free trial.

List of stores:

  •  Kohl’s
  •  Staples
  • Toys R Us
  • Walgreens
  • Fry’s Electronics
  • Treasure Island Foods
  • Ulta
  • Petsmart
  • L’Occitane
  • Moosejaw
  • Gordon’s Ace
  • Wrigleyville Sports
  • Barns & Noble
  • Costco
  • Roadrunner
  • The Vitamin Shoppe

Google Express provides service in: 

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Manhattan
  • The Midwest
  • Northern California
  • Peninsula and San Jose
  • San Fransisco
  • Washington D.C.
  • West Los Angeles



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