Can't make that quick run to Costco, or Whole Foods, or PetSmart today? Google added 13 more states Tuesday to the list where deliverers will do it for you, for a fee. Google Express lets people buy online or through an app and have items delivered from local stores the same day, overnight or within two days, depending on where you live and the time you order. They're not delivering frozen or refrigerated items yet, but you can get other kinds of groceries. It's another example of how the home delivery wars are heating up.
Your Valentine's Day gifting just got a lot easier. If you've forgotten to get a present for your significant other, or haven't placed an order on a bouquet just yet, Amazon has you covered. The online retailer is offering one-hour and free two-hour delivery of fresh flowers from Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14 on its Prime Now service. The flowers will come from KaBloom, an online floral delivery service, and some select cities will also deliver flowers from local stores like Eataly, Plum Market, and Sprouts Farmers Market. Prime Now, Amazon's one- to two-hour delivery service, is available to Prime members.
Amazon officially launched its food delivery service in Manhattan and Dallas on Tuesday. Amazon, which offers food delivery to members of Prime, its premium subscription service for expedited deliveries, has already launched the service in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Austin, Baltimore and Portland, Ore. Delivery is free and billed as coming within one hour or less. Amazon has also pledged to make sure prices on its delivery menus are the same as in the restaurants. To try it out, we went to the Prime Now page, where there's now an enticing new "restaurants" button.
It's no longer enough for supermarkets to offer online ordering and home deliveries. Amazon raised the bar two years ago with one-hour Prime Now grocery drop-offs, and since starting out in London, it's expanded to other cities while its product selection has grown. Sainsbury's was the first supermarket to rival Amazon in the capital, but it turns out that behind the scenes, Tesco has also been testing a one-hour delivery service of its own. First spotted by LatestDeals.co.uk, the one-hour option only exists within a private app the supermarket has so inventively named Tesco Now. As it stands, the app offers a limited selection of groceries for speedy delivery in London zones 1 and 2. Like Prime Now, you can also choose whether you want the delivery within 60 minutes or two hours.