Thursday, December 12, 2013

Freight Forwarding Group Maintains and Extends Sporting Logistics Links

DB Schenker Wins an Athletic Double Header (and Opens New European Intermodal Service)
Shipping News Feature

UK – CANADA – GERMANY – ITALY – DB Schenker has secured a sporting double in the past few days, firstly with the news that the freight forwarding group has been named as Official Logistics Provider for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and latterly came confirmation that the company is to fulfil the same role at the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto. The company has worked with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since 2004 and recently extended its agreement to provide logistics, freight forwarding and customs clearance services throughout Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. The company has also announced details of a new European intermodal service.

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 70 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 local volunteers.

The company will provide an end to end service for the Games having had extensive experience in the provision of logistics services for other major sporting events such as the two previous Commonwealth Games, Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006, and also as an exclusive supplier at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. For Glasgow Schenker will provide warehouse space, warehouse operations including staff and equipment, and freight transportation services.

Schenker of Canada Limited, the Canadian arm of DB Schenker will be looking after things in Toronto with over a million items, from folding tables and chairs to basketballs, trampolines and kayaks needing to be transported and offloaded at more than fifty event venues. Named the Official Logistics Supplier of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Schenker of Canada will provide 6,968 square metres (75,000 square feet) of warehouse space, warehouse operations (including staff and equipment), freight transportation and freight distribution operations, venue and Athletes’ Village logistics operations, as well as customs clearance and freight forwarding.

Toronto 2015 (TO2015) will be the largest international multi-sport Games ever held in Canada with 7,500 athletes appearing in the fifty one sports and requiring twice the number of products used during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The events cover fifteen municipalities stretching from Minden to Welland, Caledon to Oshawa meaning Schenker of Canada will travel 80,000 to 100,000 distribution kilometres in total by the time the Games end in August 2015.

25% of the roughly one million items Schenker of Canada will handle will go to the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village in downtown Toronto. The company will also pick up the equipment and luggage of athletes at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and transport it to and from the village. Ian Troop, Chief Executive Officer of TO2015 commented on the appointment, saying:

“We’re extremely fortunate to have a company with the expertise and experience of Schenker of Canada coming on board to help us deliver the Games. A great logistics team means our athletes, officials, volunteers and staff can perform with ease and confidence when the world is watching in 2015. The importance of Schenker of Canada’s role leading up to and during the Games cannot be underestimated.”

Meanwhile, over in Scotland, the hosts had equally encouraging things to say about the company chosen to bear the responsibility for an event which, through the auspices of Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF, intends to transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth, using the power of sport and culture to enable and empower kids of all Commonwealth countries to be the best they can be. Ty Speer, Glasgow 2014 Deputy Chief Executive, said:

"We are delighted to have DB Schenker join our Sponsor Family. They have a strong track record in major multi-sports events including two previous Commonwealth Games. Their local presence in Scotland is an important factor as it means they know the operating environment here in Glasgow to ensure all requirements are delivered in full and on time."

In other news DB Schenker Logistics is to offer a new direct connection for combined transport between Rostock, Germany and Domodossola, Italy. As an addition to the existing block network, starting on December 15th the new train will run round-trip twice a week, connecting the two intermodal freight transport hubs. The train will travel from North to South Thursdays and Sundays and from South to North Tuesdays and Fridays.

The new addition is a classic multimodal format with retail and industrial customers offered the combination of road and rail transport from a single source. Pre-carriage and on-carriage are carried out on the road, and for the long distance leg of the trip the goods are carried by rail.