Delivery charge, ride sharing, soda tax and more

Here is about the food industry,  ride sharing, flight attendants and more.  If we find anything else,  we will post it here.     Here is the start from bing.com,   There are 2 videos below about Uber.   Pay attention to what both are saying about the app,  picking up passengers,  insurance and the financing.  Uber, lyft and grubhub can just say,   “hey this is an app,  we never hired these drivers(Independent contractors),  we’re not responsible for your vehicle.  Tell your ins carrier you’re picking up strangers/food for money.  How will that go!

Filing your taxes is important for a reason.   There are things you can deduct,  however,  talking to a tax professional might tell you ride-sharing isn’t worth it.   If you want to thrift for items,  let us know.

Uber, doordash, slice, GrubHub are all third-party apps.   They get about 30% of all orders that go to the stores.  The apps are what they are.  According to different tax practitioners we know,  they say the mileage reimbursement is wrong.  Check with your insurance company,  check with a tax professional before doing the ride-sharing.  The only people making money are the CEO of the companies.  Food companies depend on these 3rd party apps to help do their work cheap,  post in the search engines, not realizing that the clientele they’re getting is just that.  Look under lease and licensing,  there is a link, you can’t miss it.

What the businesses that set up their company services don’t realize is that there is a problem with the apps. Click

We’re educating consumers.   Click here for the Ugly Truth about the broken gig economy.  Talk to your accountant,  financial advisor,  legal person,  think about it.  If you’re worth more,  we can help you.  We have an amazon store,  we make a profit on different items.

Soda tax info.,  people seem to forget about this one too.

Prime flight aviation is sued too for misleading workers’ wages.  Prime flight works with the airline carriers,  tipped workers aren’t happy.  Tipped workers claimed the airlines are stealing from them too.

The delivery charge started back in the mid-2000s by a mom and pop shop owner.  It was an attempt and still is to mislead the customer into thinking that the delivery charge goes to,  you guessed it,  the shop owners not the drivers.   The owner decided to start doing a fee hoping for bigger revenue.  This fee, also accepted nationwide and even the big three has given them more of an edge than let’s say pizza delivery drivers.

We already went to a website that covers this.  This is the answer.

What about the delivery charge?
The delivery charge is a separate fee that stays with the store and is not associated, never has gone to the driver. Stores use it as a hidden cover charge to disguise lower advertised prices. The national chains keep the fee for themselves, always have, always will. They compensated their drivers for gas prior to enacting the fee. Local independent stores might give the fee to the driver for gas or hourly wages, but that is not part of the tip. The tip is unaffected. Tips are based on the bill amount after any delivery charge.  The big companies don’t have any type of medical coverage,  no 401 k.

Dominos Pizza sued for delivery charge.

Please do not confuse this fee with the tip. You have the right to tip the same as you normally would. The fee is a surcharge on your bill for the store and not given to the driver.

In national chains like Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s, the delivery charge does not go to the driver’s tip. It is a disguised price increase for the store. With inflation, we’re sorry to say it costs the store $2 more to produce your order. It’s too bad they didn’t tell you on the menu price. Pizza companies like to retain the appeal of low prices. They deceitfully snuck in a surcharge and hoped you didn’t notice.  If the phone person says the total with delivery charge and tax, reminder the driver’s fee isn’t included.  Pizza Hut started utilizing robots with in the last yr.

Drivers are tipped employees and receive a minimum wage, and below,   just like in the years before 2001 when there was no delivery fee. Hourly pay for drivers did not go up when stores began the delivery charge. In fact, there has been a recent trend since 2008 by national chains to reduce drivers to sub-minimum wage while increasing the delivery charge. Delivery charges were in the $1-$2 range by 2007, but by 2008 they grew into the $2-$3 range. A company will pay the driver $4 an hour, have a $2.50 delivery charge, not give the fee to the driver, and expect tips to make up the difference. The fee is not called a “driver charge” but we know the phrase “delivery charge” is very misleading.

The surcharge covers the rising cost of ingredients, hourly wages for employees other than the drivers, the store’s automobile insurance for non-owned vehicles and all other business expenses. When Domino’s began their delivery fee in 2002, spokesperson Holly Ryan said, “The cost of food in general, combined with the cost of gas, utilities, labor and insurance, called for a price increase by Domino’s.”1 Ryan said the company had a choice about how to make up for its expenses: charge a delivery fee, raise pizza prices across the board, skimp on ingredients or fire employees.1 Domino’s and other national chains operate under the same conditions and chose the fee.

In addition, the delivery charge pays to subsidize discounts for pick-up orders. The fee is not charged to customers who pick-up their orders at the store. Those orders still require ingredients, hourly wages, and other behind the scenes business expenses.

It does not matter how large the fee might become in the future. If the price increase reflected in the delivery charge could expand to absorb 75% of the order’s cost, the fee will not go to the driver’s tip. Then it will be a question of what fraction of the bill to represent with a surcharge. Customers will pay the same amount to the store no matter how much of the price they can disguise as a delivery charge. Enjoy your $9.99 large pizza. Oh, and there’s a $10 delivery charge. The store will make the same profit at $17.99 and a $2 fee.

In an independent store or small franchise, the delivery charge usually pays for the driver’s hourly wage. They might start the driver at nothing per hour or $2 an hour and then pad it with the fee. A small store might divert it to cover the driver’s mileage reimbursement. How they use the fee varies from store to store. Even a small shop might keep some of the fees for itself. It costs more for the store to have a delivery service. They have to cover non-owned auto insurance. Adding a delivery charge is one way to compensate. This is a business fee. Most of the time, the driver doesn’t see it.

The national chains might use a small portion of the delivery charge to pay for the driver’s mileage reimbursement. That is not the tip. This compensates the driver for their vehicular expenses to bring them back up to their hourly rate of minimum or sub-minimum wage. In the years before the delivery charge started, the national chains had a mileage rate of 50 to 75 cents per delivery. Gas was less than $1.50 a gallon. Today the mileage rate is about $1.00 per delivery, and this is with a $2-$3 delivery charge. The difference in mileage rates is only about 25 cents. This means a store with a $2 delivery charge keeps $1.75 for itself. Not all mileage reimbursement comes from the delivery charge. Only a small fraction does.

I’m shocked the store tells you there’s a delivery fee. This is an internal cost of business adjustment that customers don’t need to know about. It seems the company goes out of their way to mess up the driver’s tip and confuse customers. They make people think it’s a gratuity. It was completely unnecessary for the order taker to mention the delivery charge. Our advice is to look past it. It’s just another line on the bill. You should tip the same. For etiquette purposes, the tip is calculated after the delivery charge.

Below the video,  go to 08:07 and the insurance people explain just because you have a passenger, if you have an accident you’re not covered,  if you file a tax return you’re not getting as much deducted back as they all claim.  Talk to your tax professional.  New tax laws claim less back for independent contractors.   If you are contracting mail units,  you’re screwed too.