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Engadget reports that Amazon is making good on its promise that its Prime Fresh grocery delivery service would eventually require a $299 annual membership fee.

"Shoppers in New York City, Philadelphia and Seattle (and possibly other cities) are finding out that they need that pricey Prime Fresh subscription before they can go food shopping," the story says. "The outlay gives you free delivery on all orders over $50, on top of the benefits of a regular Amazon Prime membership, but it's now considerably more expensive if you only occasionally want groceries shipped to your door. So far, tests that would open the door to standard Prime members (who'd always pay delivery fees) haven't led to anything concrete.
The pricing doesn't stack up well next to rivals like Instacart, which both costs less up front ($99 per year) and waives the delivery fees at a lower threshold ($35)."


• Amazon announced "the expansion of Prime Free Same-Day Delivery to two more major metro areas, Chicago and Orlando, as well as new locations in the New York City, Northern New Jersey and Philadelphia areas. The program now serves more than 750 cities and towns across 16 metro areas. Prime members can order as late as noon and receive all same-day orders over $35 before bedtime that very same day, free, seven days a week – even Sunday."

In addition, Amazon announced that it is expanding its restaurant delivery service, which has been tested in Seattle, to Portland, Oregon.
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