Google is looking to expand its reach and connect the virtual with the real. According to an article that first appeared on the New York Times, it would seem that the search engine is interested in getting into the delivery business and its first step in this regards to start testing such a service within the San Francisco area.
For now, their testing is limited to just Google employees and their friends and the way the service works is they buy something online and within just a few hours, the product is at their doorsteps. San Francisco is an interesting place to start testing such a service as we already have a number of start-up companies in this area that offer a similar service. For instance, Instacart, TaskRabbit and Postmates all work out of this region and of course, there are also the major players eBay, Amazon, the US Postal Service and Walmart who are also performing their own testing.
This isn’t the first time that we have heard of Google’s intentions of getting into the delivery service as rumors of such a plan began to surface in 2011. The way this would work is Google would work with retail companies and delivery services with Google acting as the middle man. So far, there is said to be one major clothing chain that has signed up for this testing.