But Anthony Rawls
has an entirely different sticking point with his
best customer—the route he
takes to work.With the price of gasoline at $4 a gallon, Rawls, the president San-Marin Construction in South San Francisco, is trying to save money.His
work can take him as far as Ukiah, more than 100 miles north of San Francisco.For this job, he
carefully maps out the routes needed to visit 26 bank branches in the most fuel-efficient manner.
client, a major bank he
declined to identify, often has a different schedule in mind.
"It's really difficult because they're not even thinking about gas prices," he
In California, meanwhile, Rawls
has no such option.His
costs were built into his
bids, and even were he
able to submit a new one, he's
would raise it.Competition is too fierce, and most of his
competitors are simply eating the extra gas costs.
"At this point, short of haggling with OPEC and the oil companies, there's nothing to do but pay it," Rawls
bids on jobs, he
usually banks on transportation costs making up 1 percent of the contract.But with gas prices as high as they are, they now account for 1.5 percent, he
"That might not sound like a lot," he