Google announced today on its commerce blog the first expansion of the BufferBox program since acquiring the kiosk start-up last year. Mike McCauley, product manager for BufferBox, said that the service would now be available in select locations around, where else, San Francisco:
We've all been there — coming home after work only to find a failed delivery notice at the door. What if you could never miss a delivery again? Today, we are expanding our pilot of the BufferBox service to San Francisco. Already available in Toronto, BufferBox joined Google last year and helps you receive your online purchases conveniently and securely.
With BufferBox, you can order from your favorite online retailers and have items delivered to a convenient BufferBox kiosk in your local coffee shop, supermarket, or retail store. You'll receive an instant email notification when your parcel is ready for pickup. You can even use BufferBox with our recently expanded Google Shopping Express service — simply enter your BufferBox Address as your shipping address when checking out and select the 9am-1pm delivery window to collect your items later that same evening.
You can find BufferBox kiosks at partner locations around San Francisco, including Dogpatch Cafe, Coffee Bar, Noe Hill Market, 7-Eleven and many others. San Francisco residents can start using BufferBox for free at bufferbox.com. It's early days, but we look forward to integrating the service further, expanding to more locations, and sharing more news with you soon.
The BufferBox service is tied to Google's recent expansion of Shopping Express, which allows local residents to receive packages the day they were ordered. Google announced last week that the service area would span from San Francisco to San Jose.
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