ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) –On Friday, Missouri became the first state in more than five years to have its average gas price dip below $2.00 a gallon. Cheap gas is a big deal for businesses that rely on deliveries and transportation to turn a profit.Randall's Wines and Spirits is among them. Within the past month, the liquor store just started home alcohol deliveries, through an app called Drizly. Randall's vice president says lower fuel costs are helping them get their new delivery venture off the ground, and it allows them to deliver to homes that are farther away without losing money.
For another delivery business, Walter Knoll Florist, lower fuel costs mean cheaper deliveries to homes and businesses. But it goes well beyond that. Co-owner Chuck Knoll says gas prices actually affect flower prices, because it takes a lot of fuel to get the flowers to St. Louis from South America.
Knoll explains, "Those flowers are cut, put in a truck, and driven to Bogotá. From Bogotá they're put on an airplane to Miami. In Miami, our trucks pick them up as soon as they clear customs…driven from Miami right to our cooler and dropped off here. We do that in three days."
Gas prices under $2.00 a gallon also means big savings for those who drive for a living. Laclede Cab Chief Dispatcher Matt Beumer says fuel costs directly impact how much their drivers make.
He explains, "They're so happy right now with the fuel prices dropping. It allows them to make a living. Maybe they don't have to spend quite as much time on the road. Maybe they get a little more time with their family. It's just good for the drivers."
It’s also good for customers. When gas prices dip below $3 for more than 30 consecutive days, the St. Louis Taxi Commission removes the dollar fuel surcharge.
AAA Spokesperson Michael Green says the national gas price average has dropped for 92 days in a row, the longest streak on record.