Dayton one of 3 Ohio cities for Google Express

Dayton is one of three Ohio cities where Google’s next-day delivery service, Google Express, started Tuesday, company officials said.

Launched in 2013, Google Express expanded Tuesday to 16 markets in six Midwest states, also including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In Ohio, Google Express also expanded to Columbus and Lima, a company spokesman said.

Google Express allows consumers to shop their favorite stores online on a single website and have their products delivered the next day. Participating retailers include Costco, Toys “R” Us, Kohl’s, Staples and Barnes & Noble, as well as specialty stores such as L’Occitane and PetSmart.

Previously, Google Express was available to shoppers in seven U.S. cities, including San Francisco and parts of Los Angeles and New York City. Tuesday’s Midwest expansion was the first since last fall, when the service expanded to Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C.

“Our goal with Google Express is to offer a great shopping experience and connect people with their favorite stores. Today, we’re very excited to be further expanding our efforts — making it easy for over 25 million people in the Midwest to get things they need from stores they love — delivered overnight,” said Brian Elliott, Google Express general manager, in a statement.

Google Express also benefits local merchants by extending their reach to new customers throughout the region, and increases discoverability of their store and products, officials said.

Currently, shoppers can sign up for the unlimited delivery membership for $95 a year or $10 per month, or get a la carte delivery for $4.99 per store. Google Express also is offering a three-month free trial for new members. For more information, visit the website at google.com/express.

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