Rising gas prices have a financial impact on local delivery activities
MERIDIAN, Idaho – Preparing and delivering healthy, proportioned meals in Treasure Valley since 2016, Hailey and Dustin Laub, the owners of MEP Meals, know the ever-changing demands of their industry. But like many, COVID also presented unique challenges for the couple.
“During COVID, meats were really hard to come by,” Dustin said. Another product that’s hard to get hold of are plastic food packaging containers, “everyone used take out and we all use the same meal prep containers and so when we were ordering 1500-2000 a week, everything people were ordering a lot more. and so it was quite difficult. “
But now, a nationwide rise in gasoline prices is impacting business delivery costs. Gasoline prices are the highest since 2014, in Meridian the average price of unleaded gasoline is $ 3.37 per gallon. Dustin, who drives three delivery trucks, says this time last year gasoline was $ 300 a week. Now he’s spending between $ 450 and $ 500, noting that he’s seen at least a $ 1.24 increase. Driving 20 hours a week through the Treasure Valley, he and his wife do everything they can to avoid raising their prices.
“We’ve paid more for food every now and then, we’re paying more for gas right now, but we try not to change the prices too much if someone, so a lot of times when it’s short during a short time, we just eat the cost knowing it won’t be forever and it’s going to come back down, ”Dustin said.
Dustin and Hailey said they had a $ 10 delivery charge from the start and had no plans to change their prices anytime soon, but if food, supply and gas were to increase at the same time, it could affect their initial decision.
Prices are expected to stabilize shortly before Memorial Day weekend, according to petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, but prices are expected to rise to near record levels by mid-summer.