Florists Feel the Pain in Fuel Prices

May 12, 2006 -- 4:00 PM CDT


JONESBORO, AR -- Florists were working overtime Friday to deliver flower arrangements for Mother's Day weekend, but they’re also feeling a pinch with the outrageous fuel prices.

"When I first started out, we had free delivery...that was 25 years ago, but that's not possible anymore," said Bridgette Arnold of Posey Peddler.

The rising cost of gas forced Laura Lamb of St. Pierre's Flowers and Gifts to increase her delivery rate.

"It was $ 3, and we've recently raised it to $ 5 and at Mother’s Day, we're having to charge $ 7 per delivery," said Lamb.

Lamb said that customers have understood the increase.

"Nobody's been too upset about it," she said.  " Everybody realizes that gas has gone up, and it's not cost effective for me to just deliver it for free anymore."    

While business is still booming, some adjustments have been made to cope with the increase in fuel cost.    Florists now make sure that the person is home before delivering flowers, and it's essential for them to have the correct address to the person's home.

"We have to have clear directions so that we don't waste time in trying to find someone," said A rnold.

Regardless of the spike at the pump, florists can handle the challenges.

"After Mother's Day, I'll sit down and kinda figure out everything…make sure everything was cost effective, so we can figure out what we need to change next year, or does everything need to stay the same," said Lamb.

Although fuel prices are up, both florists said that has not put a damper on their clientele.