Soaring Gas Prices Impact Pitt County Commercial Deliveries

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) – With gas prices continuing to rise, companies that offer delivery services are being negatively affected.

Two companies told WITN on Wednesday they felt the recent spike had hurt their day-to-day operations.

The problems, they say, are not only with delivery charges that may increase in the future, but also with deliveries to these businesses.

Britt Laughinghouse, a worker at the Greenville furniture store, said she saw rising gas prices affect her workplace in more ways than one.

“In our business, it’s kind of a two-headed monster,” Laughinghouse said. “Our inbound freight has increased significantly and our cost of gasoline, as everyone knows, has continued to rise.”

Delivery charges for furniture haven’t increased yet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t in the near future.

“This thing is changing, seems to be day by day, but luckily we haven’t had to make any adjustments…I don’t know what the future holds,” Laughinghouse said. “At some point, it will have to be taken care of.”

For Jessica Shore and her florist, they have already had to make changes.

“We had to go up a bit to make sure we weren’t at a loss, but we’re definitely not profiting from deliveries,” Shore said.

Many Shore customers have turned to a different solution to get flowers instead of paying the delivery charge.

“A lot of people decided to pick up rather than order delivery,” Shore explained.

Laughinghouse said his furniture store has found different ways to limit the increase in delivery prices.

“What we’re trying to do to solve the problem is consolidate our delivery geographically so we can get more stops in the same direction to try and cut costs that way,” Laughinghouse said.

At Shore’s flower shop, as delivery charges have gone up, she says she hasn’t seen her customers get upset.

“People seem to understand this process very much because inflation is unfortunately everywhere now,” Shore said.

Shore added that she hadn’t been in business long and was scared of rising gas prices.

Being transparent with its supporters about why it needs to raise prices has allowed Shore to do so without fear of going bankrupt.

Laughinghouse also said that rising gas prices forced his company to pay a fuel surcharge, and that increased by 8 to 20 percent more, depending on the product.

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