ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Carlile Transportation Systems announced a new service Wednesday, allowing customers to have purchases from online or catalog retailers shipped to the trucking firm's terminal in Washington, then driven to its Alaska terminals via the Alcan Highway.
The company says its Carlile Package Express will accept packages up to pallet-sized loads -- 48 by 40 inches -- for Alaska customers at its facility in Tacoma, Wash. The items are then shipped overland to Anchorage in about three days, at what Carlile calls a significant savings over options typically offered by retailers.
“Carlile Package Express gives Alaskans a solution to high shipping costs for their purchases,” Linda Leary, Carlile’s president, said in a statement announcing the service. “If it can fit on a pallet, we’ll get it to Anchorage for about half the cost of air rates.”
To use the service, customers must form an account with Carlile and receive a member number, then either have retailers ship items to the Tacoma facility or deliver items there personally. When Carlile receives a shipment, it contacts the member with the cost to forward the shipment to Alaska.
In addition to Carlile’s Anchorage terminal at 1301 Whitney Rd., packages can be taken to Carlile terminals in Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak and Seward for a slightly higher charge. Customers can then pick up the items from those locations during normal business hours, or opt to have the items delivered directly to their homes at standard rates.
According to Peggy Spittler, Carlile’s marketing director, the service is primarily aimed at small businesses and residential customers, so it won't deliver to the company's Prudhoe Bay terminal.