West Coast port strike impacting Colorado

February 18, 2015


The West Coast port strike by the Longshoreman’s union is having an impact here in Colorado.

At Timbuk Toys in Denver, some holiday deliveries were delayed because port workers refused to unload cargo from ships.   Among the items slow to arrive, a scooter-like toy known as PlasmaCars.

“So this was a hot seller over the holidays?” asked 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart.

“It should have been a hot seller, but it wasn’t because we didn’t have any inventory,” said owner Sallie Kashiwa.

Kashiwa’s stores have a diverse inventory, making it easier to deal with the on-going shut down.
“What appears to me right now to be a minimal problem that I have many ways to get around, could of course grow into a bigger problem,” said Kashiwa.

The strike is impacting more than just toys.   From salt to televisions to car parts, the impact is diverse.

“You might not be able to get what you want when you want to get it and then two, you may have to pay more for it,” said University of Denver professor Ronald Rizzuto.

“We’re probably already feeling it, but we don’t know it yet, we’re probably are already seeing some effects,” said Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.

With no end in sight — the team at Timbuk Toys is hoping the slowdown prompts a shift to American-made products.

“It does actually give an advantage to those customers, to manufacturers who are committed to manufacturing in the USA,” said Kashiwa.