“One shall stand, one shall fall.”
Technically, the line refers to the battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron, but it could easily apply to the rivalry between Amazon.com and Google. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is creating an Amazon Prime-like shipping service for other online retailers to compete with Amazon. Details are still sparse, but the plan is for Google to offer one-to-two day shipping at a low cost for a variety of retailers, with a pilot program starting in San Francisco in 2012. Google has already pitched the service to Macy’s, OfficeMax, and the Gap. This is similar to Amazon’s already-existing Amazon Prime, which gives buyers free two-day shipping for a $79 per year subscription fee.
The question being, do you trust Google to ship you that Soundwave action figure you bought?