High gas prices affect a Winston-Salem florist business

As gas prices continue to rise across the Triad, it’s not just affecting businesses, but delivery drivers as well. WXII 12 News spoke with a local florist company about how these high prices are affecting them. At Bo-Ty Walker Florist in Winston-Salem, sales associate Courtney Anders said they do a bit of everything. “A bit of everything, mostly floral arrangements for all events like birthdays, holidays, we do a lot of funeral work. We also sell items such as plants and gift baskets, fruit baskets as well as balloons,” she said. Anders said a big part of their business is delivering items to their customers. She said that because of the pandemic, they already had to raise the prices. Combine that with higher gas prices and Anders said it hasn’t been easy. “It was a challenge. It got to the point where we now had to question increasing our delivery prices per customer per item, especially when we deliver to Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville and even East Bend,” she said. declared. Anders also said the cost of filling a delivery van is already high. She said with these higher gas prices, things are piling up even more. “If I remember correctly, one of the drivers delivered it the other day and it was maybe $80 to $95. Sometimes $100 depending on how far they have to go. And then you add in nature these gas prices. Yeah. It’s kind of hard for the manager to have to keep this all going,” she said. But the silver lining in all of this, she said, has been the customers, who have remained loyal, are considerate and have been very understanding “We have a lot of long time loyal customers who are very entertaining that we can just talk to and cut to on a daily basis whenever we get their orders and lots of between them have been very loyal and fully understand how the pandemic has increased our price,” she said. Courtney Anders said the next step is to decide how best to keep prices within a comfortable range at the both for customers and for the company.

As gas prices continue to rise across the Triad, it’s not just affecting businesses, but delivery drivers as well.

WXII 12 News spoke with a local florist company about how these high prices are affecting them.

At Bo-Ty Walker Florist in Winston-Salem, sales associate Courtney Anders said they do a bit of everything.

“A bit of everything, mostly floral arrangements for all events like birthdays, holidays, we do a lot of funeral work. We also sell items such as plants and gift baskets, fruit baskets as well as balloons,” she said.

Anders said a big part of their business is delivering items to their customers. She said that because of the pandemic, they already had to raise the prices. Combine that with higher gas prices and Anders said it hasn’t been easy.

“It was a challenge. It got to the point where we now had to question increasing our delivery prices per customer per item, especially when we deliver to Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville and even East Bend,” she said. declared.

Anders also said the cost of filling a delivery van is already high. She said with these higher gas prices, things are piling up even more.

“If I remember correctly, one of the drivers delivered it the other day and it was maybe $80 to $95. Sometimes $100 depending on how far they have to go. And then you add in nature those gas prices. Yeah. It’s kind of hard for the manager to have to keep this all going,” she said.

But the silver lining in all of this, she said, has been the customers, who have remained loyal, are considerate and have been very understanding.

“We have a lot of long time loyal customers who are very entertaining that we can just talk to and cut to on a daily basis whenever we get their orders and many of them have been very loyal and fully understand how the pandemic has raised our price “, she said.

Courtney Anders said the next step is to decide how best to keep prices within a comfortable range for both customers and the business.

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