Protecting Alaska's Supply Chain.

Author:Mackenzie, Kathryn

When COVID-19 cases started popping up in Alaska, many residents headed straight to the grocery store to stock up on the basics: rice, beans, flour, anything with bleach or disinfectant, and, of course, toilet paper. And those were just people in the state's urban areas. Rural residents were left wondering if they'd be able to feed, clothe, and care for their families as the world hunkered down to "flatten the curve."

The run on stores for supplies is perhaps more understandable in Alaska than other states given that most of what we use and consume must be barged, shipped, driven, or flown here, and in early March not much was clear about the COVID-19 situation, including how the supply chain in Alaska would be affected by a worldwide pandemic. As it turns out, it hasn't been.

Just as quickly as local retailers were cleaned out of the basics, Alaska's transportation companies were hustling to get those shelves stocked again. As it became apparent that there was a good amount of panic buying going on, some of the state's largest shippers reassured Alaskans that the necessities were on the way.

Lynden President Jon Burdick said in a release, "Keeping delivery routes open and supplies moving is...

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