Industry acts to blunt effect of fuel surcharges

Industry acts to blunt effect of fuel surcharges

Already feeling the pain of escalating food, labor and other costs, operators now are struggling with how best to address the fuel surcharges increasingly tacked onto deliveries as diesel prices shoot skyward.

Surcharges of 4 percent to 7 percent have become common on restaurant deliveries, forcing operators to rethink their purchasing practices and delivery schedules, join co-ops, and streamline operations as they seek ways to defray the extra costs. But while operators say they

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