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Google launches new service in Houston!

has launched its on-demand delivery service Google Express in the Houston market as of June 1, according to a statement.

Google Express will also expand throughout a large part of Texas and Oklahoma. Customers are able to sign up for either overnight or two-day delivery for a number of U.S. retailers including Barnes & Noble, Costco, PetSmart, Fry’s, Sur La Table, Ace Hardware, Roadrunner Sports and more, according to Google Express’ website.

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Menlo Park, California-based Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is also working to add other retailers of any size to the platform, but does not have any more to name at this time.

Customers of Google Express pay either $95 for the year or $4.99 per eligible order. That’s in comparison to Amazon’s Prime service, which also charges $99 annually, but gets you same-day delivery on some items, as well as free cloud storage and access to songs, videos and discounts online.

Google does not have an office in Houston and declined to disclose specific employment numbers or projects. However, in May 2015, Google signed a lease for 200,000 square feet in downtown Austin.

Google plans to work with Houston vendors to get deliveries to and from the stores, but declined to disclose which vendors it plans to work with.

On-demand delivery has been a booming industry in the Houston market with retail giants like Best Buy testing a delivery service in town, as well as Amazon launching its Prime delivery in October 2015. Other tech startups like Austin-based Smackdab Inc. have targeted more niche markets like larger furniture items, while San Francisco’s Instacart has teamed up with Houston liquor store Spec’s for an alcohol delivery service.

 


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