Google’s shopping service charges membership fees
The service competes directly with Amazon’s same day delivery service, offering shoppers a chance to buy anything from pet food to soda, and have it delivered to their doorstep. Until Monday, Google had not set a membership delivery fee for the service, which was previously called Google Shopping Express.
Now renamed Google Express, the service will require a $95 annual or $10 monthly membership fee, which will give members same-day or overnight delivery on orders $15 or more and priority on the order’s delivery time, the company said in a blog posted Monday night.
Customers who don’t get a membership can still get items delivered if they pay a delivery fee that starts at about $5 per order. Google Express’ same-day delivery service is available in San Francisco, the Peninsula and San Jose, West L.A., Manhattan and most recently, Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C.
The company will still offer free delivery for new members for a three-month trial period.
Google said it has added more merchants to its shopping service, including shoe retailer Nine West, Sports Authority and Petsmart.
Amazon’s same day delivery service costs about $10 for the first item and 99 cents for each additional item. Amazon Prime members pay $5.99 per same-day delivery order and annual memberships cost $99.