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Sun May 3, 2020, 05:49 PM

The man feeding a remote Alaska town with a Costco card and a ship

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On a Tuesday afternoon in late April, a small barge set off from Gustavus, Alaska, en route to the world’s most remote Costco warehouse.

The 96-foot ship hummed through the choppy waters of the Icy Strait, past vast expanses of wilderness, snow-capped peaks, and breaching whales. Seven hours later, when it reached Juneau, a few intrepid men loaded its deck with $20k worth of eggs, flour, meat, canned goods, and produce.

It returned to Gustavus in the twilight haze, like a bird bearing provisions for its chicks.

Like many of America’s rural and remote towns, Gustavus has an arduous supply chain. Even in good times, getting groceries to an isolated enclave in Southeastern Alaska requires some serious logistical wrangling.

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https://thehustle.co/the-man-feeding-a-remote-alaska-town-with-a-costco-card-and-a-ship/

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LiberalArkie May 3 OP
cayugafalls May 3 #1
Demovictory9 May 3 #2
malaise May 3 #3
UpInArms May 3 #4
Hermit-The-Prog May 3 #5
LiberalArkie May 3 #6
Hermit-The-Prog May 3 #7
2naSalit May 3 #8

Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:05 PM

1. Very inspiring story. nt

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Sun May 3, 2020, 06:07 PM

2. k&r

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Sun May 3, 2020, 06:07 PM

3. Off to the greatest page

Must be seen

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Sun May 3, 2020, 07:07 PM

4. Very awesome

Sometimes a really wonderful human emerges .... am so glad Toshua is on the planet with us ...

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Sun May 3, 2020, 07:18 PM

5. stripped-down link ...

https://thehustle.co/the-man-feeding-a-remote-alaska-town-with-a-costco-card-and-a-ship/

As the store grew, [Toshua] Parker and his father launched their own freight company, purchased the town’s gasoline station, and bought two of their own ships — a $300k “insurance policy” that gave Parker tighter control over the supply chain in case of an emergency.

During COVID-19, these preemptive moves have become crucially important.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #5)

Sun May 3, 2020, 07:41 PM

6. I usually do that.. Just did not notice this time. Thank you

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #6)

Sun May 3, 2020, 07:50 PM

7. No problem; great story! Love the photos in the article, too.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 10:08 PM

8. That's quite the journey

It isn't merely across the strait, it's a lot more complex than that. I wouldn't mind living in a remote spot like that. I'd have to fly in, too scared of ships.

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