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Rethink pricing, travel as gasoline costs soar

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It appears that high gasoline prices will be with us for some time, so don’t be shy about adding fuel fees to your prices.

Companies are adding gas-related fees to everything from airfare to pizza delivery.

Example: A Long Island, N.Y., florist has added $4.45 per delivery and has turned away unprofitable deliveries as a result of fuel costs.

Another trend: Record-high gas prices have many businesses rethinking travel expenses, with many surveyed recently by the National Business Travel Association saying they’ll alter travel budgets if fuel costs continue to rise. Some say they’re cutting back on employee air travel.

Other cost-cutting ideas:

-Meet via video- and teleconferencing, instead of face to face.
-Urge employees to rely more on public transportation and less on rental cars.
-Request fewer—but larger—deliveries to cut gas-inflated surcharges.
-Send packages via the U.S. Postal Service instead of automatically thinking FedEx or UPS.

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