Report: Home Depot Joins Companies Chartering Private Ships to Circumvent Supply Chain Crisis

Report: Home Depot Joins Companies Chartering Private Ships to Circumvent Supply Chain Crisis


Home Depot on Tuesday is reportedly joining other large companies chartering private ships to circumvent the supply chain crisis.

Walmart, Costco, Target, and Ikea have already hired private vessels to ship goods to smaller ports to avoid the backlog at ports reportedly fueled by a lack of truck drivers, Business Insider reported.

Vice President of transportation at Home Depot, Sarah Galica, told the Wall Street Journal October 10 that such an idea of private shipping started as a joke.

Empty shelves for N95 masks are seen at a Home Depot store in Alhambra, California, on February 4, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

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“It was almost started I think as a joke,” Galica said. “Let’s just charter a ship.”

While the large chartered vessels only contribute a

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