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Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

The U.S. Postal Service has rules about sending food through the mail. "Mailable perishable matter can be sent at the mailer's own risk," the USPS site states. But bread, eggs, milk and more have been the mail for AmazonFresh grocery buyers in Northern California since August, according to the Wall Street Journal. "So much for drone delivery," gibes BloombergBusinessweek's Devin Leonard on Sept. 11.

Air bags. Ammunition. Explosives. Gasoline. These are examples of items the U.S. Postal Service won't mail. Nowhere in there is the notice that USPS will delay or deny delivery of Disney and Warner Bros. movies and Hachette books. Amazon appears to be replaying the history that caused the formation of the USPS, with a slight twist. Instead of charging an extra 2 cents for door-to-door delivery, Amazon is requesting larger profits directly from the marketers.

Google is a search engine, right? Google Shopping Express makes it look as though the search giant is becoming more of an offline entity, too. In a move uniting search, e-commerce and package delivery, Google is shipping books, groceries, clothing and more that consumers purchase from retailers through the search engine. Then Google delivers the purchases to customers the same day in Manhattan, Peninsula, San Francisco, San Jose and West Los Angeles. Shoppers in Northern California receive overnight delivery.

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