Google Express expands to more states to rival with Prime Now

Google announced on Wednesday to expand the delivery areas of Google Express. Now, most of east coast regions are available with Google Express.

The covered areas included Connecticut, Delaware,Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hamsphire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virgina. Google Express will serve about 70 million users.

Google released Google Express in 2013 and started on trial in San Francisco and Los Angeles regions from February. Users can place orders on Google Express for electric products, garments, health care & beauty products, home supplies, and grocery through its official website or mobile app device.

The orders will be delivered on the same day after they make orders in the urban areas, while it will take two or three days to deliver goods to countryside areas.

This service make threats to Amazon Prime Now. Prime Now can deliver goods for clients on the same day in most urban cities. Both of its urban and suburban users can enjoy the overnight delivery service for millions of orders with Prime subscribers.

Google Express also offers same-day delivery and overnight delivery services. Its users can pay $95 subscription fee to enjoy a whole year free delivery service or pay $4.99 freight for each order. Some goods have minimum consumption limitation to enjoy its delivery.

Google Express stopped selling fresh fruit, vegetables and milk and converted to grocery selling and distribution business. It meant that Google won’t compete with AmazonFresh, Instacart and Peapod.

The reason why Google expands its Express service is that more and more consumers search products through Amazon which affects Google search business.

According to a latest survey, over 55% of American online shopping consumers use Amazon to search products, increased by 44% yoy. The traffic of Google Search business dropped to 28% from 34% yoy.

From now on, users live in the mentioned 13 states make place orders with Express from retailed stores as Google Express teams up with Staples, Costco, Kohl’s, Petsmart and Whole Foods Market.

How to Upgrade Your Mac to macOS Sierra

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Officially released on September 21, macOS Sierra 10.12 is the latest version of Mac operating system. It comes with great improvements and new features, and it also fix crucial flaws of previous OS. Mac users can get it for free using the Mac App Store.

It is suggested to upgrade to macOS Sierra. Before upgrading, you can back up your Mac with Time machine, and make sure your Mac is compatible with macOS Sierra. To run macOS Sierra, you will need at least 2GB of memory and 8GB of storage space, and the requirements of Mac model and version of OS X are listed below:

Some older devices that are compatible may not support certain features in macOS Sierra, and the hardware might be incapable to run the latest operating system smoothly. It is your choice whether to upgrade your Mac. Anyway, if you are running Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, or El Capitan, you can install Sierra by these steps:

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  • Launch App Store from the Dock, Launchpad, or Apple Menu.
  • Click on the Updates tab in the top menu, and click on the Download/Install button on the macOS Sierra in the Software Update to start download/ installation.
  • When the installer opens, click on Continue and follow on-screen prompts.

Once the download is completed, you can find the installer named macOS Sierra from your Applications folder. Your Mac might restart several times during the installation.

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Are you ready to update macOS Sierra? What new features do you like most? Welcome to share your idea with us. If you have problems in using Mac apps, you can get more tutorials and solutions (e.g. how to uninstall GarageBand) in the website.