Have you ever wondered why your locally owned native stores have
such high retail prices? Or how large multi-chain corporations in rural
Alaska can rake in millions of dollars each year while the villages
suffer through economic decline?
Shipping plays a large role in the cost of goods in rural Alaska, almost
as large as buying power. We will help stores in Rural Alaska manage
both shipping and buying with our partners throughout Alaska.
AIRSA was a buying alliance started with the sole purpose of helping
independent stores in rural Alaska to band together and lower the
prices in their communities.
Rural Alaska Shipping (RAS) will take it a step further and lower the
cost of shipping to rural Alaska, with a labor rate 30% less than the
nearest competitor's labor rate. Bypass rates per pound will be over
five cents lower with our new company! The savings per year for
households in rural Alaska will be hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
The average rural household income is $24,000 a year. So every penny
that we can save the rural communities means something. Call your
local store and ask them to look into AIRSA and RAS. Together, we
can make a difference!
As part of our goal to fulfill the need for affordable groceries, we've established a new arm of our business, J & J Food Market, your friendly neighborhood grocery store. Our first location opened in May 2017 in Wasilla. On top of providing the local residents with a variety of lower priced goods, we are proud to support Alaska businesses and carry a line of Alaska grown or made products.