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Attn: W. Craig Jelinek (Costco)
Todd Jones (Publix)
Colleen Wegman (Wegmans)
Charles Butt (H-E-B)
Jason Hart (Aldi)
Rodney McMullen (Kroger)

To CEOs of Instacart’s partner stores:

We are speaking to you because your companies are constantly recognized as some of the best workplaces in the industry. You clearly make treating your employees well a priority, but as you’ve likely heard, Instacart Shoppers can not say the same about Instacart. Instacart Corporate continuously cuts our pay, has admitted to stealing our tips, and makes their disdain for us clear while paying poverty wages for work being performed on your property. It has become an extremely toxic working relationship, to the point where many of us can no longer afford to even accept orders at your stores, and we recognize this is having a direct effect on you and your customers, as well.

Earlier this month, Instacart Shoppers all over the country held a walk-off and demanded that Instacart return their app’s default tip amount to 10%. Not only did they ignore that and the wide media attention surrounding
it, but they actually retaliated against us by removing the last performance bonus we had left. Every time a customer rated us a perfect 5 stars, Instacart would pay us an additional $3, but that is gone now. For many of us working in your stores, this can mean a 42% pay cut.

So why is any of this your concern? We are in your stores each and every day. We deliver groceries to many of your customers who cannot get to your store on their own - new moms, disabled people, those who do not drive, and so on. We are, in effect, the face your customers see when they buy from your company, and we feel a very strong
connection to those customers.

Simply put, Instacart's universally-panned treatment of their Shoppers has a direct effect on your store's reputation and revenue. By lessening the default tip amount and removing performance bonuses, longtime shoppers are forced to work up to 42% more hurriedly for the
same pay. As in any workplace, this will result in errors, accidents, and weakened customer relationships.

This is a service job, and the service we provide is immeasurable to many of your customers. We aren’t just picking up an already prepared bag and delivering it. Instead, we shop on behalf of your customers directly, picking the best apples, and working out the best
replacement for an item out of stock. This is an actual skill that has built up in Shoppers over time. We then use our own cars and our own gas to bring these groceries directly to your customers.

In an ideal scenario we wouldn’t be dependent on tips at all. Instacart’s base pay should be high enough where the tip is actually just a tip. But due to Instacart’s repeated pay cuts over the last few years, many of us actually lose our own money fulfilling orders in your store. We urge you to research what’s going on - we’ve documented it extensively as it has happened, and the media has covered it at length.

By comparison, Amazon, which is Instacart’s biggest delivery competitor (and in many ways, your competitor, too), not only has a fair guaranteed base pay rate, but also defaults tips to 10% of the order amount or $5, whichever is higher. Instacart, on the other hand, defaults tips to 5% or $2 if the order is less than $35. It’s been thoroughly documented that the default tip amount in an app matters-- customers overwhelmingly tipped 10% when that was the default.

The net effect of Instacart’s decision-making is resulting in a decline in satisfaction and experience for customers of your stores, with no monetary or other benefit to you. We are asking you to join us in asking Instacart to return the default tip amount to 10% so we can resume providing a high-quality shopping service to your customer.

Signed,

Instacart Shoppers:
A. Belle Graves
Aaron Mckenzie
Adam Lenning
Adrian LaRue
Adrienne Hawks
Adubz Wallace
Aimee Devereaux-Fringer
Aja Steptoe-Edwards
Alberta Helen Atkinso
Alex Arleo
Alex Traub
Alicia DiCorcia
Alisha Kobain
Alisha Prieger
Allison Menhennett
Ally Manzi
Alysha Alvarado
Alyssa Longobardi
Amanda Beck Moulder
Amanda Llanos-Giovino
Amanda S. Harris
Amber Bartel
Amber McClelland
Amber Penny
Amberlyn Evelyn Springer
Amy Davis
Amy Short
Amy Silverman McCarthy
Amy Vallett
Andrea Harrison
Andrew Williamson Hess
Angel Rose
Angela Rohloff
Angie Kufner
Angie Vallera
Ann Robinson
Anna Robinson
Anna Wilkinson Chester
Annie Berger
Anya Jolene
Apple May Inguito Erhart
Araceli Gomez
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Arlina Marie Rechlin
Art Anderson
Ashlery Cameron
Ashley Johnson
Ashley Salazar
Ashliegh Ellinburg
Astrid Mills
Austin Krebill
Ayesha Zaman Khan
Bactisa Fletcher
Belinda King
Ben Sigas
Betina Foreman
Bo Dombroski
Bobbie Vaughan
Bonnie Binger
Bracy Atkinson
Breanna Brinkerhoff
Brenda Cohen
Brent Ward
Brian Sichelle
Brieanna Shockley
Britt Adele
Brittany Brown
Bronwyn Judith
Bryan Sanford
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Cammy Hardwig Thompson
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Carmen Burdier
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Carol Heyen
Carol Lynden
Cassidy Michelle
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