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#55518 - 09/01/05 04:58 AM Combating fuel prices
sgreany Offline

Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 25
My new labor rate policy/formula

Today's fuel price x 20 = today's labor rate

This allows adjustment to pay for fuel and other commodities that are affected by fuel prices, witch is just about everything.

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#55519 - 09/01/05 05:12 AM Re: Combating fuel prices
hbiss Offline

Registered: 12/16/03
Posts: 893
Loc: Hawthorne, NY USA
Hmmm, I like it. Only around here the multiplier would be something like 45. We can't live on $60 an hour.


#55520 - 09/01/05 05:46 AM Re: Combating fuel prices
LearJet9 Offline

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 196
Loc: Millis, MA USA
We are trying to figure out the best way to offset the high fuel costs. Is anyone adding a fuel surcharge? Higher Rates? Truck charges? ???

#55521 - 09/01/05 05:57 AM Re: Combating fuel prices
32VAC Offline

Registered: 06/28/04
Posts: 203
Loc: Alice Springs, NT, Australia
Some of the contractors in town (Alice Springs, NT, Australia-smack dab in the middle of the country) charge for jobs in town are the flat labour rate plus parts (no fuel charge), but go more than 20km out of town, its an additional AU$2.00/km. So for a job 200km out of town, the additonal charge is $2.00 (per km rate) x2 (ya gotta get back to town)x (200-20) (distance the odometer in the truck says)=$720.00. Not bad money, hey?

[This message has been edited by 32VAC (edited 09-01-2005).]

#55522 - 09/01/05 11:58 AM Re: Combating fuel prices
jkraft Offline

Registered: 05/05/03
Posts: 75

Where are you located? What's the price of gas?

#55523 - 09/01/05 02:52 PM Re: Combating fuel prices
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Gas in NJ is going crazy....$2.57 on toll roads, until they get a delivery, or 12:01 AM Friday, as that is the only day they can raise $$$

Reg ranged from $2.57 to $3.59 today, and the radio is saying a .50 cent wholesale increase today/tonite. Guess it will hit $5.00 before the Labor Day weekend, to suck the beach/holiday crowd dry.

I have to add a fuel surcharge to cover the additional costs.

BTW, the $19.95 oil changes are going to disapear real soon too.

Guess the prices all over the country are going crazy??


#55524 - 09/01/05 03:00 PM Re: Combating fuel prices
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
John, just about the same thing here, $2.59 yesterday morning, $3.49 tonight.


#55525 - 09/01/05 03:09 PM Re: Combating fuel prices
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
Don't hate me, but I paid 2.449 on my last fill-up, at Costco.
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#55526 - 09/01/05 03:34 PM Re: Combating fuel prices
Alan Belson Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
$3.50 a US gallon is the normal price here, and even higher in the UK. At the pump price had escalated 20% in the weeks before the N.O. storm. Due to the price hike in the US due to refinery shortages, (and that European pump prices are largely tax), fleets of tankers carrying products from European refineries will be heading your way shortly, which should stabilise your prices. My experience of shortage-induced price shocks though, ( sugar, pepper, coffee, gas), is that the price never falls back entirely to the previous level- supplying fuel at the pump is never a high margin business and the bean counters will want to retain the better margins after the dust settles.
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#55527 - 09/01/05 03:43 PM Re: Combating fuel prices
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Right now I'm just glad if I can find gas. In Atlanta yesterday everyone overreacted to a rumor spread by email and rushed the gas stations. I waited for 30 minutes to pay $3.49 for regular and was glad to do it. We made all our trucks fill up before coming in. The result was that now about 1/2 of the stations are out of gas completely. I think the stations will be back up in a day or 2, but if not it could cripple our business.

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