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Fred Meyer to add fee for cash back

If you want cash back when you complete a transaction at Fred Meyer, it’s now going to cost you. This week, the grocery store started charging customers a 50-cent fee when they request cash back up to $100.

For cash back between $101 and $300, Fred Meyer is charging a $3.50 fee.

The fees began Wednesday, and mirror similar service fees that parent company Kroger has unrolled at other stores across the country earlier this year. Fred Meyer is touting its new cash-back policy as a way to save shoppers time, so they don’t have to get cash from ATMs. But Fred Meyer has offered the same service for years at no charge to customers.

Google testing drone delivery

A Google affiliate is using drones to deliver customers’ Walgreens purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town.

Wing, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet, received federal approval earlier this year to make commercial deliveries by drone. It was the first drone company to receive the approval in the U.S., beating out Amazon’s Prime Air.

Wing partnered with Walgreens to perform the tests that began Friday in Christiansburg, Virginia. Walgreens customers in the town will be able to order from a list of more than 100 items and get them delivered to their doors by drones. The drones will start with a flying radius of about 4 miles from Wing’s distribution facility in Christiansburg.

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