Online grocer Peapod will now charge shoppers a fee for in-store pickup.
The once free service will now cost shoppers $2.95 for a minimum total order of $60, reported Supermarket News. Pickup is available at Ahold's Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets.
Peapod allows shoppers to order groceries online, or via mobile, and then have them delivered or readied for in-store pickup.
The announcement of the change came in an email to customers. The email also encouraged shoppers to sign up for the Peapod Pod Pass, which charges a fee for unlimited home delivery or pickup services: a three-month Pod Pass costs $39, six-month, $59; one year, $99.
In spring, Stop & Shop expanded its Peapod delivery service to include 35 new area codes in the New England area, which included the option to buy online and pick-up in-store.
Peapod is one of the few retailers to include unit pricing universally. Other retailers that will join the online grocer in posting unit pricing on websites and mobile apps in the next six months include Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), Walgreens (NYSE:WAG), FreshDirect, CVS and Drugstore.com.
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