If you live on the Westside you're privy to a multitude of farmers markets, top-flight restaurants and high-end boutiques.
And now you can have Google Shopping Express deliver items to your front door the same day you order them online.
Google announced this week that the gilded isle of Manhattan in New York and the privileged Westside of Los Angeles are the lucky recipients of the first expansion of Google Shopping Express outside its Bay Area home base:
Google's first version of the service launched last year as a test and by September it was up-and-running for the San Jose and San Francisco areas.
In L.A. we'll get the same deal: Google's own in-house vans, run by the company's own employees, will be seen on the streets of the Westside as they head to their delivery destinations, we were told.
Communities served include Culver City, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, West Los Angeles, and Westwood, according to a Google Statement. Delivery to Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and West Hollywood will be added in upcoming months, the company states.
Queens and Brooklyn are also on the roll-out roster for upcoming months, and it sounds to us like the service will hit other communities throughout America in the future. The announcement comes just days after Amazon said its own same-day delivery filter was now available in L.A.
Google Shopping Express retailers include Costco, Guitar Center, L'Occitane, Smart & Final, Staples, Target, Toys”R”Us/Babies”R”Us, and Walgreens. Because getting out and going shopping is hard for Westsiders! The company almost admits it:
With Google Shopping Express, there's no need to schlep around town in a cab or sit in traffic while carrying home clunky, heavy items.
Google adds, “We're looking to add even more national and local merchants to bring more of your favorite brands and products right to your doorstep – so stay tuned.”
There are no markups on the Shopping Express, Google says: The prices are the same as what you'd find if you drove to one of the participating retailers.
This is yet another reason that inner-city folks who take the bus to overpriced markets should be jealous and maybe just a little bit angry.