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Has fluctuating gas prices affected the way you conduct business?

Absolutely! We are a family-owned printing and mailing company that offers free delivery and pick up to most Jacksonville locations (with some exceptions). While we still maintain the service, we have really had to try and group our deliveries better. —Jan Knight, customer service advocate, Futch Printing & Mailing

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As a property appraiser, gas prices are always a concern. Just have to live with it and combine assignments when possible. —Bruce Swearingen, owner, Swearingen Appraisal Services

My office is just minutes from home, but I also work from home frequently thanks to technology. I agree with Bruce; when there is a lot of traveling, we just need to absorb it. —Donna Shaw, broker/managing director, Platinum Realty Enterprises, LLC

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Personally, I try to coordinate my trips to make as many stops in the shortest distance. As for the business, it’s another increased expense that we must absorb. It has not seemed to have an effect on business yet. —Fred David, president, PostalExpress Direct Mail

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I use the phone and Internet more to get files. I also combine client trips if possible. —Keith Johnson, principal, Keith E. Johnson CPA PA

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Unfortunately, my business remains the same. As a print consultant, my days include driving everywhere. It has really hit my pocketbook though and I hope it changes soon. This economy cannot stand another sustained hit. —Pamela O’Toole Woodworth, print consultant, All Purpose Printing and Graphic Inc.

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I try to schedule appointments in the same area around the same time but of course that doesn’t work all the time. —Debbie Herrera, senior property manager, St. Johns Realty Group Inc.

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I second Ms. Toole’s response, but working as a meeting professional at a major meeting facility in northeast Florida, I’m noticing that groups want to meet in a more regionalized manor. Meaning, instead of a national meeting that would bring all of their people to one place, they will have four regional meetings around the country, for example. Of course gas (transportation) is a major factor is a lot of meetings. —Bruce Lacey, associate director of sales, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

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I use remote desktop technology to service my clients with PC support and web design services. Most of my sales calls can be done remotely. I even send my new clients a picture of me so they can actually know who I am for the first meeting even if it’s a remote session.—Rick Kane, owner of XTREME IT, Inc.


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