“Shoppers are an important part of the Instacart community, helping us invite the world to share the love through food,” said Tom Maguire, vice president of operations and care at Instacart. “They balance empathy and efficiency with communication and problem solving, and we’re excited to unveil our Cart Star program to recognize top buyers with impactful incentives that help them stand out to their customers, improve their access to income and achieve their personal goals.

To qualify for Cart Star, shoppers will accumulate points based on the number of orders they fulfill, earning 10 points per customer order they buy or deliver. Gold Cart purchasers will have earned 200 points, Platinum Cart will have earned 1000 points and diamond cart will have earned 2,000 points during the same three-month qualifying period. Buyers must also maintain an average rating of 4.7 to gain access to the program.

“Our new Cart Star program was developed to celebrate and recognize top shoppers, providing unique offers and in-app features to enhance their shopping experience,” said John Adams, VP of Shopper & Product Fulfillment at Instacart. “These new updates will reward top buyers by increasing their access to bundles and giving them more opportunities to win. We look forward to continuing to build on each of our commitments to deliver an even better app experience to buyers in the future.”

To support shoppers on the platform, Instacart partners with other rewards providers, including to help shoppers with Backup Care for loved ones when needed. diamond cart buyers will have access to two days of Backup Care per quarter, for the price of $1 per hour or $10 per day. If a buyer has unexpected care needs for a child, senior, or pet, they can use for emergency care.

“Instacart shoppers go above and beyond to serve their customers and communities with empathy, kindness and reliability,” said Ralph Bershefsky, Vice President, Client Services at Care for Business. “We know that in addition to supporting customers in their local communities, shoppers often have home care responsibilities, and we’re excited to partner with Instacart to give them an extra helping hand when they need it.”

Shoppers at all levels of the Cart Star program will have access to cash back on gas and car maintenance discounts through partnerships with Upside and CarAdvise, respectively. With Upside, Gold Cart buyers can receive up to 29 cents cash back per gallon at thousands of participating stations nationwide, while Platinum and diamond cart buyers can receive up to 33 cents per gallon of cash back. On top of the already reduced prices, Instacart’s partnership with CarAdvise offers Gold Cart shoppers an additional 25% off an oil change, and Platinum and diamond cart buyers get an additional 50% off an oil change.

Instacart also offers enhanced in-app features for shoppers at different levels of the Cart Star program to help them increase their access to revenue and prizes on the platform. Platinum and diamond cart buyers will receive recognition in the Instacart app, telling customers when their buyer has reached that status as well as useful information like the number of orders purchased and how long the buyer has been on the platform. In testing, customers who saw a Top Buyer badge on their buyer’s profile were more likely to leave their buyer a higher rating and a higher tip.

In addition, diamond cart shoppers who are near a store location, as indicated by a highlighted area in the Shopper app, will have priority access to bundles. They will also have exclusive early access to bundles with the ability to accept bundles before stores open.

The Cart Star program was developed based on feedback from shoppers and focuses on Instacart’s commitment to recognition and rewards for the best of the group. This announcement is the fourth and final in Instacart’s multi-month rollout of new commitments to the shopping community, following support while you shop and beyond in March, ingredients to win on your terms in April, and a community built on the best intentions in May.

About Instacart

Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, works with grocers and retailers to transform the way people shop. The company partners with more than 800 national, regional and local retail brands to facilitate online shopping, delivery and pickup services at more than 70,000 stores in more than 5,500 cities across North America on the Instacart marketplace. Instacart empowers millions of busy individuals and families to get the groceries they need from the retailers they love, and over 600,000 Instacart shoppers to earn by picking, packing and delivering the groceries they love. customer orders on their own flexible schedule. The Instacart platform offers retailers a suite of enterprise-grade technology products and services to optimize their e-commerce experiences, fulfill orders, digitize physical stores, provide advertising services and glean insights. With Instacart Ads, thousands of CPG brands — from category leaders to emerging brands — partner with the company to connect directly with consumers online, right at the point of sale. For more information, visit to start shopping, visit For anyone interested in becoming an Instacart shopper, visit