SEATTLE -- Hundreds of thousands of containers make their way into the Port of Seattle each year. Most are spread out across the Pacific Northwest and the country, but many end up not too far from the port itself.
From ordering things online to walking into any number of Seattle-area stores, chances are what you see has a connection to the Emerald City’s seaport. In Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, the connection is strong with a booming startup selling underwear.
The business, TomboyX, caters to women who desire comfortable brief or boxer-style underwear. There’s a huge demand for the products, and with just three years in business, TomboyX has grown their volume four times. Along with the increased inventory, 80 percent of the products move through the Port of Seattle before arriving at the Interbay location to be sold online.
“It’s not just products like our underwear,” said Mellina White-Cusack of TomboyX. “We also get a lot of raw materials through the port that are then, in turn, manufactured here in North America. Without the Port of Seattle, we would not be able to have the rapid growth that we’ve experienced over the past year. We’ve added 12 new jobs, and our volume has grown.”
Other companies like Wesco Sales Group that imports electronic components for Microsoft and Boeing are also port-dependent. During the last port shutdown, companies big and small felt more than a pinch. Orders were stacking up, and thousands of customers’ expectations were not being met.
Port shutdowns and slowdowns bring many businesses similar to TomboyX to a standstill. Thankfully, that is something that is not a concern for business owners at the moment.
The categories of things moving through the Port of Seattle runs the gamut. Port leaders keep detailed statistics on all of those items. To review those numbers, click here.