Delivery drivers feel pain at the pump and pay out of pocket for gas
No one is happy when they approach the pump and the delivery drivers are having a hard time. Most of them have to absorb the impact of gas prices with their own money.
For companies like Café Runner, drivers are paid by the hour, by delivery and by tip, but even that is not enough to offset gas prices.
Ellie Arellano, a catering and delivery driver for Cafe Runner, who has worked for the company for 11 years, says she has seen a 25% difference in her take home pay due to rising gas prices.
“There’s not much you can do to make up for it, you just have to suffer and endure, it really eats away at my income,” Arellano said.
With a business that cannot function without a car, delivery drivers are at the mercy of gas prices. Uber Eats, Door Dash or even restaurants that do their own deliveries are all feeling this impact.
Recently, various delivery restaurants have been talking about the shortage of driver staff, which is a blow to the industry that Caffe Runner seemed to dodge.
“Working directly for a restaurant is tough because that restaurant needs to have enough volume to stay busy all day on their shift,” explained Brian Breon, owner of Cafe Runner.
Something Breon says isn’t likely, which is why these companies outsource to companies like his.
All delivery companies depend on gas, and it is difficult to find a way to offset this cost, it is either the responsibility of the company or the restaurant or the employee.
For Café Runner, if they can find a way, it’s a cost they’re willing to absorb for the sake of their employees.
“It cost us more to run the business this way and we’ll never get rich like this, but at the end of the day we sleep well and you can’t put a price on sleeping well the night,” Breon said.
KSBY also spoke to Fattey’s pizza who told us that they were having trouble even finding drivers willing to pay for gas which was causing a shortage of staff for them. Each company offsets their costs differently and for them they say they had to raise prices slightly in order to pay their drivers more.