The supermarket giant was forced to make a big change after a natural disaster caused major headaches affecting supply chains.
Ongoing supply shortages in Western Australia have led Woolworths to use ships to make deliveries to the state.
It is the first time in decades that the major retailer has used this method to deliver goods.
The supply chain has been disrupted for weeks after massive flooding in Nullarbor, South Australia damaged a 300 kilometer stretch of railway used to transport goods to WA.
Shipments to WA include pallets of cereal, pantry essentials, canned goods, towels and toilet paper, beverages, and laundry and cleaning supplies.
The first sea freight, which left Sydney on Friday, will deliver around 55 40ft containers of stock.
A Woolworths spokesperson told NCA NewsWire that its WA customers have noticed varying levels of product availability due to the rail disruption.
“To help increase the flow of inventory to WA, we were able to unlock shipping capacity with our ship carrier partners,” they said.
“We have also secured two further sea freight deliveries for late February and early March, containing approximately 116 containers on two vessels.
“We thank our WA customers for their continued support as our teams and partners do everything possible to minimize disruption.”
Pallets delivered from NSW to WA usually take around five days to arrive by rail, but this transit time will double by sea.
“We are not the only users of this rail line, there will be quite a few vendors using it, food will be given priority, but we will be in the queue like everyone else,” the porter said. word of Woolworths, Karl Weber. Nine News.
“We have 107 stores in Western Australia, so depending on sales it will be shared with all stores, so when stock comes in, depending on how the store is trading, we will send that stock to them.”
Massive flooding in South Africa has created supply shortages in the northern parts of the state and Northern Territory as well as Western Australia.
More than 80% of the fruits and vegetables sold by Woolworths in WA are grown in the state, along with large volumes of milk, dairy products and meat sourced inland.