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The Raleigh pizza shop is getting creative to offset the gas price impact on delivery

RALEIGH NC (WNCN) – High gas prices and ongoing workforce shortages are hitting the heart of local businesses that depend on supplies to survive.

Gumby’s Pizza, next to North Carolina State University, has been a staple for late-night deliveries for decades.

“We still try to take them by 3 a.m. on weekends,” said general manager John Hein. “Most of all, you know, help the college people late into the weekend on the weekends.”

But now higher gas prices are making delivery more expensive.

Hein said that it was already more difficult to find good drivers beforehand due to staffing shortages.

“Before the pandemic, we wanted to form a team of 10 riders. At the moment I’m guessing two to five drivers,” said Hein.

To support the stuck employees, they’ve increased delivery fees by a dollar, reduced delivery radius from 7 miles to 2 miles, and reduced weekday deliveries after midnight.

“I’m trying to buy them fuel cards and put some cash aside for them to help with the cost of their cars for taking deliveries,” Hein said.

But he is not alone. Even big companies like Dominos have created incentives to have customers pick up in-store. Uber Eats has also increased its delivery fees to offset gas costs.

Raleigh resident Christopher Gerstle said he’s an avid user of grocery delivery apps but has noticed a price spike.

“It kind of got me thinking and made me rethink what services I use and how often I order delivery,” Gerstle said.

For Hein, he said he was determined to deliver for as long as possible.

“Gumby’s in Raleigh has been a part of the state of NC and the Raleigh community since 1986, so we do it for that,” Hein said.

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DUSTIN JONES

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