What is the going rate for delivering cakes, cupcakes, etc? Flat rate or charge by the mile?
I find it best to charge by the mile(round trip). I think the federal reimbursement rate is around .58 per mile now.
I charge $20 plus tolls anywhere in NYC. Since I'm pretty central and nothing is very far.If its outside the city I charge $50 for anything under 100 miles round trip. $100 for anything under 200 miles.
In London UK we would be charging about 40p per mile, plus an Congestion Charging to get into London if relevant.
The thing not to forget to recharge is any parking charges as well. Often these get forgotten as they are normally small - but it all adds up.
$50 flat rate whether it's 2 miles or twenty. If I go out of the county, $1 per mile round trip.
I charge $1 per mile round trip plus parking and tolls. If I go into NYC (which is less than 10 miles for me) it is $75 plus tolls. (Only cause going into NYC is a pia)
We charge $1/minute round trip, based on Google Maps estimates.
For the most part, delivery charges are built into the price of my cakes. I don't charge extra to deliver a wedding cake for instance, its in the price. I would however charge a rental fee for my stand if it wasn't disposable.
I guess the "fee" would best be translated as a flat rate.
Very rarely does someone come to pick up a cake.
I really only deliver wedding cakes or cakes that are more than 100 servings. ....and if it is under 30 miles or so I don't charge for it. If it is out of that range it is generally about .75 per mile round trip.
It depends on your business plan and how your policies will be received in your area. You still must be in the right price range for your business's place in the market.
How you choose to show the fee is also an issue. Do you build it in or charge extra? Build in a flat fee and charge an adjusted add-on price? No one can really answer this question for you.
Part of my business was based on delivery and I have many of them that go out together. This is another scenario. Because this segment of the my business competes with florists and Edible Arrangements, I priced similarly. For wedding cakes, corporate events, out-of-area deliveries, it is on a per case basis. Sometimes added in, added a-la-carte, or upcharged.
Interestingly in UK if you put the word delivery on your invoice - (and you are registered to charge and pay the UK value added tax @ 20%) I discovered that by putting 'delivery' on the invoice means that you should by law add the 20% to the whole of the cake! Normally cakes are VAT free. How mad is that??? So I said to the accountant who told me this, that it would be best to leave the word 'delivery' off then - and loose the delivery cost within the charges for the cake He said - he could not advise me to do this - but would guess that this was a way around the UK law!!!! Where there is a will there is a way! K