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  • Schenker Australia Appointed Official Logistics Provider for GC2018


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

    Schenker Australia will provide a range of capabilities to assist with the delivery of a great Games including:

    - Access to a comprehensive global freight forwarding network;

    - An integrated warehouse and distribution service for receiving assets from suppliers and delivery to venues;

    - A distribution solution for transfer of athlete baggage on arrival and departure;

    - A distribution solution for transfer of athlete equipment to venues;

    - Supply of a warehouse management system for control of assets moving through the warehouse; and

    - A warehouse to consolidate and manage the disposal of assets post Games.

    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,” Mr Beattie said.

    “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.”

    Schenker joins more than 30 international, national and local brands who have chosen to partner with GC2018.

    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 Mr 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 Mr Holy.

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

    Working with GC2018 provides Schenker with the opportunity to further demonstrate its commitment to upskilling the community and delivering opportunity for staff.

    “We are pleased to announce a lasting legacy through the training and employment of up to eight currently unemployed young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons,” said Mr Holy.

    “This will provide a training pathway and skills legacy post GC2018 for these individuals. In addition, indigenous logistics company, Winangali Logistics, will be utilised as a sub-contractor to provide drivers and vehicles to assist with freight movements.”

    GOLDOC Chief Executive, Mark Peters said GC2018 remains focussed on delivering opportunities for businesses within Queensland.

    “As of this week, over 70 per cent of GOLDOC contracts have been issued to businesses with a Gold Coast presence and 84 per cent of our contracts have been issued to companies with a presence in Queensland,” said Mr Peters.

    “This is in addition to the $606 million in construction contracts awarded for the venues and Games Village projects, from which $261 million have been awarded to Gold Coast contractors and a further $284 million to businesses in South East Queensland.”

    “Logistics is a critical part of Games overlay and bump out post Games. We are firmly into the delivery phase and need established partners to help us deliver a great Games for athletes. We are confident that with Schenker’s experience and ability they will do a great job.”

    About Schenker

    Schenker Australia Pty Ltd was established in 1962 in Sydney and provides a complete range of integrated logistics services together with international air and sea freight forwarding from its premises in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and a subsidiary office in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Schenker Australia has 1,400 employees across the country, including 200 employees in South East Queensland and 27 employees based locally on the Gold Coast. To support this contract, Schenker Australia will be utilising approximately 53 FTE employees, including providing a lasting legacy through the training and employment of up to eight currently unemployed young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, representing approximately 15 percent at the peak of the GC2018 operation.

    DB Schenker were the official supplier/provider for Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and a major service provider for Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

    They have also provided logistics services for:

    - Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games
    - Athens 2004 Olympic Games
    - Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games
    - Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
    - Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games


    For more information, please email or contact

    Cobey Moore: +61 447 109 772
    Communication and Media Lead
    Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

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