Schenker Australia appointed Official Logistics Provider for GC2018

DB Schenker

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has appointed Schenker Australia as the Official Logistics Provider for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

GC2018 requires substantial logistics expertise to support the Games set up. This includes the arrival and departure of baggage and equipment for 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 nations and territories.

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said Schenker joins GC2018 following a robust procurement exercise.

“Delivering GC2018 is a massive proposition and we need experienced partners on board who are experts in their field,” said Beattie.

“Schenker has operated in Australia since 1962 and has been a consistent provider of quality logistics across major sporting events since the Sydney 2000 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

“They were also the official supplier/providers for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014. In addition, Schenker in Brisbane successfully handled logistics for G20 in 2014.

“As Games logistics specialists, Schenker can efficiently mobilise to meet our pre-and post-Games requirements and already employ hundreds of people across South East Queensland.

“Schenker provided the most cost-effective and experienced submission following a fair and equitable tender process.”

Ron Koehler, CEO of Schenker Australia Pty Ltd, said his team of 200 south-east Queensland–based employees was looking forward to helping deliver the biggest event held in Australia this decade.

“Working with GC2018 allows us to do what we do best, move items quickly and efficiently while at the same time developing additional opportunities for members of our team,” said Koehler.

In the weeks leading up to GC2018, Richard Holy, General Manager, Schenker Australia QLD, said Schenker will process and move close to 500,000 sports items from shuttlecocks to pole-vault landing bags.

“We’ll distribute another 96,000 pieces of furniture, 21,000 pieces of luggage and 3,000 individual sport items from the airport through our distribution hub to the Village and Games venues,” said Holy.

“Our primary focus will be to deliver a great experience for athletes so they can focus entirely on competing.”