Slowing traffic drives chains to rev up cost-efficient delivery efforts

Slowing traffic drives chains to rev up cost-efficient delivery efforts

With gas prices averaging more than $4 nationally and consumers less willing to get in their cars to eat out, more restaurant chains are emphasizing delivery service even if that means incurring added costs.

But some operators who don’t want to take on high gasoline bills, even if that would help maintain market share, are experimenting with more fuel-efficient methods for bringing meals to customers’ doors.

In Los Angeles, for example, an

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