All aboard the polar express! Here’s what shipping’s really like in Alaska’s icy tundra.
Although companies across industries have recently enjoyed the benefits of an increasingly globalized and efficient supply chain, some far-off, isolated places still struggle to receive shipments. Even in the U.S., rural communities have historically been forced to stock up, or go without vital supplies.
In Alaska, this limitation of access is particularly severe. Between the lack of reliable roadways, remotely-located villages, and harsh weather conditions, shipping to Alaska in the winter is almost impossible. Here’s what the supply chain looks like on the last frontier, and how it’s changing as we move into the era of same-day shipping.