SportAccord has welcomed the return of DB Schenker as Official Logistics Provider for the 17th edition of SportAccord taking place from 5 – 10 May 2019 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. As one of the leading supply chain management and logistics solutions providers worldwide, DB Schenker has been a long-standing Delivery Partner for SportAccord. With dedicated multi-lingual teams located worldwide for the sport event industry, this puts DB Schenker in a strong position when it comes to supporting the needs of delegates. Commenting on the longevity of the partnership, Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord said: “We are delighted DB Schenker has come on-board once more as the Official Logistics Provider for SportAccord 2019. Working closely with DB Schenker for many years has contributed to the smooth-running of our event operations. “To have their loyalty, expertise and know-how is invaluable to our event, and as in previous years, SportAccord delegates will be offered preferential rates for Gold Coast. It goes without saying that it makes sense to use DB Schenker for the Gold Coast edition of SportAccord.” Commenting on their involvement in global events including the Asian Games 2018, Christian Schultz, SVP Product Management Sports Events at DB Schenker said: “DB Schenker is one of the world’s leading global logistics provider, also when it comes to sports. We are not only part of the biggest sport events worldwide, but we make them possible in the first place.”
Hot on the heels of its $311m Bass Strait investment, the Toll Group has announced plans for a new multi-purpose super depot on the Gold Coast. The 10,250sqm depot will bring together three existing sites into one operational hub, the first purpose-built integrated facility of its kind for Toll. Toll Group managing director Michael Byrne was joined by developers LOGOS and Partners Group this morning to officially break ground on the site at Captain Cook Drive, Arundel. Custom-built for Toll, the new super depot will bring together multiple freight services under one roof that are traditionally separated due to their operational requirements. The outcome will be a seamless freight service to customers. From medical supplies, to fashion, food and machinery, will all be able to be delivered from the Gold Coast to Australia and the world. Mr Byrne said this investment underlines economic confidence in the state and a strong belief in the future growth of Toll’s business. “We have a strong vision for Queensland and Toll is making a substantial investment on the Gold Coast with this new state-of-the-art facility.” Mr Byrne said while the new super depot will set the blueprint for how the company will build future integrated operations in Australia, it also takes the best learnings from other facilities that meet the highest safety standards. “The new depot has been designed to provide the safest working environment for our people and customers,” Mr Byrne said. “We’ve purposely limited the interactions between pedestrians and forklifts, customer collections will now be separated from operations, and operational traffic will flow in one direction, which means no reversing and less risk.” Mr Byrne said the site at Arundel on the Gold Coast had been chosen to provide the optimal location to minimise distance and time travelled between the depot and customers. With its immediate access to major arterial routes throughout southeast Queensland, Arundel is ideally positioned to enable Toll to service its diverse range of customers from retail to mining to agriculture. Toll will employ over 120 Gold Coast locals at the new facility. Construction including internal fit-out of conveyor and sortation systems is scheduled for completion by end April 2019. Toll’s three existing sites, at Molendinar, Arundel and Burleigh Heads will stagger their relocation until the end of July 2019.
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.”