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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Google Shopping Express - which is looking to create an alternative to Amazon by bringing together a number of retailers in a single shopping portal, and then picking up products and delivering them from stores - is now serving New York City's borough of Manhattan, with plans to expand soon to Queens and Brooklyn.

Among the companies that are part of the NYC effort (the program already has been in place in several California markets) are Fairway Markets, Costco, Babies R Us, Staples, Target and Walgreen.

• The Chicago Sun Times reports on the expansion of Drizly into Chicago, after early forays into New York City and Boston, as it seeks to become "the Amazon for alcohol."

According to the story, Drizly, having raised $2.3 million from investors, "specializes in filling orders for beer, wine and liquor," and pledges to delivery within 20-40 minutes … Drizly is available for download on iPhone and Android. Delivery drivers authenticate and validate IDs using Drizly technology."
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