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Whole Foods adds a $10 delivery fee

Amazon Prime users should soon say goodbye to the free Whole Foods delivery service.

Amazon Prime users should soon say goodbye to the free Whole Foods delivery service.

Starting October 25, All Whole Foods Connecting The request was submitted through Amazon Prime It will include a $9.95 delivery fee. Amazon Prime members were notified of the change via email on Friday.

The new fees are designed to help cover operating costs associated with delivery such as equipment and technology without increasing vegetables A Whole Foods spokesperson said, noting that Whole Foods delivered three times as many orders in 2020 as it did in 2019. Whole Foods piloted the new fees in six markets over the summer—Portland, Maine; Providence, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; and greater Detroit, Boston, and Chicago—before making the move nationally. There is an additional charge for 1-hour delivery orders.

Amazon Acquired Whole Foods In 2017. The following year, it was introduced Free 2 hour delivery from the grocer. Some perks, like one-hour free grocery delivery, will remain available to Prime members. The fee also does not apply to customers who order delivery through Amazon Fresh.

This news comes as American consumers are paying more for food. Grocery prices are up 3% over the past year, according to the latest data measured by the Consumer Price Index, the country’s main inflation gauge. Restaurant prices rose 4.7% in the same period.

Online shopping for years was considered immune to price hikes, but That changed in the epidemic. According to an analysis of retail site visits by the Adobe Digital Economy Index, online prices rose 3.1% in August compared to the same month last year. Grocery rose 1.64%. This compares to an average increase of 0.51% between 2015 and 2019.

CNN Business’s Nathaniel Merson and Matt Egan contributed to this report.

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