Instant Gratification: eBay, Amazon, and Google All Offering Same Day Delivery

Instant Gratification: eBay, Amazon, and Google All Offering Same Day Delivery

Gregory Han
Jul 24, 2013

If you happen to live in San Jose, San Francisco, Queens, Manhattan, or Brooklyn, you're amongst the fortunate few who now have the option to have local products delivered right to your doorstep in about an hour after pressing "buy"...

In response to Amazon's same day fulfillment option (I thought next day orders were magical enough), eBay Now offers a similar and cheaper same day delivery service. Separate from eBay's auction site, eBay Now is stocked with products from Target, GNC, Urban Outfitters, Walgreen, Best Buy and others for near-instant delivery. For some shoppers, especially those in population dense cities, the convenience of having certain essentials delivered immediately to the home offsets the additional $5 per store charge (with a $25 minimum order), while others seeking easy retail therapy can now get their prescribed dose even quicker. 

Toilet paper, over-the-counter medication, baby supplies, and other common household necessities (does a pint of ice cream count?) delivered immediately to the customers' homes is proving a burgeoning section of the $2 trillion dollar online sales market, with the 800-pound gorilla in the room, Google Shipping Express, just dipping its toes with same day delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Additionally, services like TaskRabbit, WunWun (NYC only), or Postmates (above) are lining up as middlemen for crowdsourcing/crowdshopping shopping list as quickly as possible, as recently outlined by this post about outsourcing IKEA shopping duty

With all these instant delivery services becoming more readily available, alongside augmented reality catalogs to "try before you buy", shopping will never be the same.

(Images: Gregory Han/Rebecca's Loving Living Small Home Office; Postmates)

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