Delivery drivers create new strategies to fight gas prices

BERLIN, Conn. (WFSB) – The average gas price across the state rose 50 cents this week.

Today’s average is $4.48.

Delivery drivers are saving because of rising prices, but they haven’t stopped delivering.

They create new strategies to make sure they break even.

Nicole Miller is a grocery delivery driver. She said she basically worked to put gas in the car. “It’s ridiculous.”

Miller is also a full-time grandmother.

She loves her job, but lately, because of gas prices, she’s had to consolidate her routes and cut costs.

“You gotta work. You gotta work. It’s like how much work I can do to maximize my gas mileage and my gas,” Miller said.

Many delivery drivers are in the same boat, with the average gas price rising above $4.31 this week.

At Arrow Pharmacy in Hartford, approximately 70% of their prescriptions are delivered free of charge.

Arrow Pharmacy Manager Dave Flaherty said, “It’s a way for us to really help our customers if they can’t afford to travel.

Flaherty says they don’t plan to charge for delivery anytime soon, but they’re trying to find ways to be more efficient.

“We try to fill the patient’s medications and synchronize them so that they are all due at the same time so that we can send them in one delivery at all times,” Flaherty said.

And at Lou and Mo’s Sandwich Shop in Berlin, delivery is a big part of the business.

Co-owner Maureen Mulvey says they’ve had more delivery orders in the past month.

“I feel like people are commuting less or trying to commute less, so they’re using delivery services, so they don’t have to drive,” Mulvey said.

Lou and Mo’s uses menus from Greater Hartford, a local restaurant-owned delivery service.

The company has an incentive program in place to offset fuel costs for drivers, such as offering gas gift cards.

Lauren Ashe, Territory Operations Manager for Greater Hartford Menus, said: “Without the drivers, we wouldn’t be able to provide service to these restaurants, so we want to make sure we take care of them so that we can take care of the guests.”

Other companies, like Uber and Lyft, use cash back programs to offset drivers’ fuel costs.

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