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Retailers participating in Google Express include Costco, Target, Smart & Final, Barnes & Noble,
To take advantage of the Google Express subscription, consumers visit a Google website and select what they want from which stores. Orders must be $15 or more before taxes; if they aren't, consumers are dinged a $3 shipping fee.
The service is available in Chicago, Boston and Washington in addition to New York and the Bay Area, where overnight and alcohol deliveries are also available. In Los Angeles, the service is limited to the Westside.
People new to Google Express can try a subscription for three months or pay $4.99 per shipment.
Other benefits of a subscription include being able to select delivery windows and sharing the membership with a family member. It's unclear if Google will bundle access to music, movies and TV shows in the way that Amazon does for subscribers of its $99-a-year Prime service for free two-day shipping.
Same-day shipping costs $5.99 an order through Prime in select areas. Same-day shipping is free for people who upgrade to the $299-a-year Amazon Prime Fresh program, which allows for grocery purchases. Non-subscribers pay at least $8.99 a shipment, plus 99 cents an item for most items.
ShopRunner charges $79 a year, or $8.95 a month, for free two-day shipping from a wide batch of online stores.