This is my first thread, so sorry now if it's odd, and mods please move if I am in the wrong forum. I also wish that it was on a subject matter that
I am more familiar with, but something was said to me yesterday that seems to have much further implications than just my Christmas cookies.
Yesterday I was doing my grocery shopping, and as I was checking out at our small local warehouse, the checker mentioned that I may want to stock
up on vanilla, as she was ringing some up. I of course asked why and she said that Costco had just sent her a notification saying that they would no
longer ship vanilla or baking spray, among other things she did not list, only about 150 miles south. I made my smart ass comment about government
regulations and we were both wondering how they were going to bring these products into the State of Alaska, if they wont put them on a truck for 3
hours to transport them in-state. I paid for my groceries and left. This lady is either the store manager, or a long standing employee here and she
was just trying to be nice by giving me a heads up. I have no reason to disbelieve her.
This is where my dilemma really comes into play, when I made it home and started searching (with limited time to do so) the best I could come up
with were notices from Fed-ex, UPS, and USPS regarding Us Department of Transportation's ground shipping changes that mostly affect limited quantity
materials ( possibly hazardous materials that are less hazardous in smaller quantities) and consumer commodities and other items that have to be
shipped with the classification of ORM-D (domestic shipping only). Here is the fed-ex page.
Still unable to figure out why this made Costco stop shipping vanilla was still beyond me, so I continued to dig last night and came up with this.
The most interesting thing that my uneducated eye could find in this document is that they seek to standardize our domestic shipping with
international standards. I still do not see how this affects my baked goods, unless the new regulations end up making ground shipping of many items so
cost prohibitive that major companies choose to do something like stopping shipment of VANILLA AND BAKING SPRAY!!
My husband's workplace relies on the ground shipment of items classified ORM-D, on a daily basis, and he works for a public utility, how is that
going to affect prices. I saw that medicines and I am sure other medical supplies fall into the category as well. I have searched for a comprehensive
list of items with that classification, and due to an uncooperative laptop, and lack of time, I have not been able to find one. I can only imagine
that if this affects my cookies, then it is going to have some serious consequences as well.
Here is a link into DOT's website as well. I am so unfamiliar with the shipping world to begin with that I really am having a hard time making much
sense of this. However, If there is ANY merit to this then it has the great possibility of affecting just about every level of our lives in this
I hope that I am WAY off base and 20 people will chime in with that fact in the next few minutes! If that is not the case then can someone please help
me to straighten this mess out. Thanks for your time.