How Businesses Deal With High Gas Prices

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Rising gas prices nationwide are nothing new, but prices are climbing higher and much earlier than usual.

According to AAA, gas prices are around $3.92 a gallon in Omaha.

Josh Scearcy is one of the owners at CM’s Custom Lawn and Landscape. He says they're working hard to be as efficient as possible with their fuel costs. 18 months ago they started using a GPS system for all their drivers.

“It monitors the trucks up to the minute,” says Scearcy. “You can see what everybody’s doing so we try to eliminate idling down to five minutes per day per truck.”

He says since using the system they've saved $7500 in fuel costs. The company is also getting the rid of the trucks their sales team use for cars that use better fuel mileage.

“We’re looking for something between 30 miles to the gallon to 50 miles a gallon which would be a drastic difference than the 10 to 15 from the trucks.”

Edward Scott owns Food in a Flash. He delivers food for restaurants throughout the metro and says he feels the pinch.

“I'm the order taker, I'm the dispatcher, and I’m the driver. I’m everything all in one; it's tough it's tough.”

As prices are making the food he delivers more expensive, but Scott says he'll keep the delivery fee at seven dollars.

“It's tough but in this economy if you can make any money you're doing better than some people.”


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