Instacart’s surrogate-shopper and grocery-delivery service is raising its prices starting January 4.
Being a couch potato just got more expensive.
Instacart, a grocery delivery startup that’s become one of the key companies in the quickly expanding field of on-demand shopping, is raising its prices. The San Francisco-based firm made the announcement today in a blog post, citing the cost of improving services amid a changing market.
Effective January 4, Instacart’s two-hour delivery service will start at $5.99, up from $3.99. If you’d rather spend a flat fee per year to enjoy free two-hour delivery on orders $35 and up through Instacart Express, you’ll need to pay $149, up from $99.
Last January, Instacart raised $220 million in venture capital from big backers including Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. Instacart now offers its delivery services in 18 US cities.
The price jump comes several months after Instacart announced it would begin rolling out part-time employment benefits to its employees amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of the emerging on-demand economy. Instacart also recently partnered with Target to begin offering on-demand grocery delivery in the major retailer’s hometown of Minneapolis.
Instacart representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
CNET’s Ian Sherr contributed to this report.