Supply Chain running smoothly per Alaska transport industry representatives
While many Alaskans have noticed bare shelves at grocery stores, members of the transport industry say that things are working the way they are supposed to.
According to representatives from Carlile and TOTE Maritime, the supply chain is running smoothly, and is not even at full capacity. They said that all of the bare shelves are due to consumers changing their buying habits.
Carlile Alaska President, Terry Howard, told us that Alaskans have no need to worry. "The supply chain is operating exactly as designed and intended. It is safe, it is efficient, it is reliable, it's running uninterrupted. So what we are seeing... what we are experiencing is more a result of consumer behavior and not related to supply chain limitations," Howard said.
Alex Hofeling, Vice President and General Manager for TOTE Maritime Alaska, adds that Alaska, “has got some very strong operators and carriers that are dedicated to serving this market in a very safe and reliable way.”
While transport companies are continuing to deliver supplies at a normal rate, they have made changes to ensure their employees are staying safe.
Carlile says they have altered the way they deliver freight to keep contact to a minimum -- including no longer requiring people to sign for deliveries.
Hofeling says that safety is important to them as well. "We have really greatly limited any interactions with our crew members. So from a paperwork standpoint, from an engagement standpoint, that work is now done over the radio or electronically. And then again we have also taken the additional precaution of not switching out crew members for 30 days."