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Soaring gas prices could raise delivery fees

Rising gas prices are hurting everyone at the pumps, but if they continue to soar you may be paying more for your favorite foods or flowers. Rising gas prices are hurting everyone at the pumps, but if they continue to soar you may be paying more for your favorite foods or flowers.

(WMC-TV) - Rising gas prices are hurting everyone at the pumps, but if they continue to soar you may be paying more for your favorite foods or flowers.

If customers don't want to use their gas to go pick up dinner or other items, it could cost more to have it delivered.

Whether its life-saving medication, delivery food, or a bouquet of flowers, somebody has to foot the bill for customers to get their order.

"They don't want to spend the money on the gas, so we take care of that for them," said Mike McCune of Avellino's Pizza in Southaven.

McCune says his drivers are responsible for fuel in their cars and are reimbursed with a delivery fee charged to customers.

Wholesalers are charging McCune more money for supplies, and he says gas is one of the reasons why.

"We'll have to pass along the increased cost to the customer," he said.

90 percent of the flowers Angie Tacker-Howarth cuts and trims end up in Hernando Flower Shop's delivery car.

"We deliver all the way to Robinsonville, down to Senatobia, over to Olive Branch and up to Memphis," Tacker-Howarth said.

Fuel prices might flirt with $4 dollars per gallon by the end of spring, which could make wedding season deliveries cost much more.

"It's going to make summer kind of difficult for us with trying to manage it the best we can, without it impacting our customers," she said.

In Horn Lake, Super Drugs Pharmacy offers free delivery, but as fuel expenses add up, it subtracts from owner Eddie Obannon's bottom line.

"A delivery car that used to be filled up for $40 is now costing me $60 to $65," Obannon said.

He's always offered his nearby customers free delivery because he knows that some can't get around on their own. He fears that if prices continue to soar, he may have to consider cutting routes.

McCune has done everything to maximize route efficiency, but he may have to raise his delivery fee from $1.50.

"If it hits $4 a gallon, our delivery fee will go up to $2," McCune said.

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