Ty is flying in plush for the holidays | Source: Ty Inc.

The global supply chain crisis will not stop the Beanie Babies and Beanie Boos from making their way home for the holidays.

Illinois-based Ty Inc. is jumping puddles and circumventing the much-touted logjams at U.S. ports by switching to air freight to deliver its plush toys from overseas. Ty Warner, founder and CEO of  Ty says that since last month, he’s personally financed more than 150 cargo flights at a cost of $1.5-2 million each.

“The widely-reported problems with global supply chains have cast a pall over the coming Christmas,” Warner says. “There’s too much doom-and-gloom out there. I’m here to tell our customers that, despite what they might have read or heard, Christmas is not canceled.”

Ty’s special cargo flights take off from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and other locations in China. The planes land at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport where product is unloaded and moved to Ty’s corporate headquarters for distribution.

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Despite the increased cost of logistics, Warner says that the company has not passed costs onto retailers or consumers.

Additionally, he issued a note for the many independent specialty retailers that carry Ty’s products.

“Small retailers should take heart, too,” Warner says. “While retail giants like Amazon, Target, and Walmart might get preferential treatment from some vendors, they don’t from us. We do not sell to them.”

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.