High gas prices affect Knoxville delivery drivers

High gas prices affect Knoxville delivery drivers

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"To just think we can go out there and drive a vehicle in today's world, a commercial vehicle, and pay what it costs to drive that vehicle and not charge, and forget about that, that's doom. That's doom for any business," said business owner Paul Kennard. "To just think we can go out there and drive a vehicle in today's world, a commercial vehicle, and pay what it costs to drive that vehicle and not charge, and forget about that, that's doom. That's doom for any business," said business owner Paul Kennard.
622-EATS manages customer orders by zones to minimize driving time and gas usage. 622-EATS manages customer orders by zones to minimize driving time and gas usage.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Gas prices are painful enough without working a job where driving is a crucial part of your business.

Paul Kennard knows that all too well, fighting gas prices with each floral delivery.

"No doubt about it, they affect the day to day, along with insurance today and what it costs to run a vehicle. But this business, it's about volume. You would like to have enough orders, so that you have delivery prices to go to a certain area and come out, but it doesn't always happen that way in today's economy," said Kennard, who owns Fountain City Florist.

Kennard does what he can to minimize the cost of deliveries to different areas.

"Routing your drivers definitely is key, everyday. Paying closer attention to where you're having to go every day and how many times you're having to go there, back and forth," Kennard explained.

In the end, he still has to charge a delivery fee.

"To just think we can go out there and drive a vehicle in today's world, a commercial vehicle, and pay what it costs to drive that vehicle and not charge, and forget about that, that's doom. That's doom for any business," said Kennard.

622-EATS is a meal delivery service and the company's drivers depend on delivery fees and tips to make money.

Like Fountain City Florist, the company also tries to send drivers to one area of town.

"We have created zones within Google Earth, so as soon as a customer orders, our system knows what quadrant that driver is in and where the driver is going. Our software also shows us where our driver is live," said David Leventhal, owner of 622-EATS.

Leventhal says he'll try to keep the cost low to customers, but that he'll be watching for big increases at gas stations.

Both Fountain City Florist and 622-EATS say higher order volume helps cut down on delivery costs.

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