TORONTO, Ont.-- More than a million items, from folding tables and chairs to basketballs, trampolines and kayaks, will need to be transported and carefully moved off trucks at more than 50 venues for the TORONTO 2015 Games. The company behind the massive move will be Schenker of Canada Limited, the Canadian arm of DB Schenker, said a release.
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.
“As the Official Logistics Supplier to the TORONTO 2015 Games, Schenker of Canada will play a major role in delivering the largest international multi-sport Games ever held in this country,” said Eric Dewey, chief executive officer of Schenker of Canada Limited.
Part of a global enterprise, DB Schenker has extensive experience in the provision of logistics services for the International Paralympic Committee and several National Olympic Committees at major international sporting events, including the Sochi, London, Vancouver and Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. In Canada, the company has worked with Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Cross Country Canada and the Canadian Cycling Association to ensure their equipment gets to events across the country and around the world.
With competitions in 15 municipalities stretching from Minden to Welland, Caledon to Oshawa, Schenker of Canada will travel 80,000 to 100,000 distribution kilometres in total by the time the Games end in August 2015.
Twenty-five per cent 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.
“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,” said Ian Troop, chief executive officer of TO2015. “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.”
Fast facts on logistics for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games:
1,000,000 items with 5,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) to keep track of them in the warehouse.
• 6,250 folding tables (stretched end to end would run the entire length of the Pan Am equestrian cross-country course).
• 22,500 folding chairs (the equivalent of 12 fully loaded 16-metre tractor trailers).
• 7,500 metres (25,000 feet) of barrier tape (almost 14 times the height of the CN Tower).
• 7,600 beds and mattresses.
• 950 pairs of track spikes.
• 920 swimsuits.
• 700 wheelchairs.
• 400 bicycles.
• 250 boats (sailing, canoe/kayak, rowing).
Schenker of Canada joins previously announced members of the TORONTO 2015 sponsor family, including: Lead Partner CIBC, Premier Partners Chevrolet Canada, CISCO and Loblaw Companies Limited, Opening Ceremony Creative Partner Cirque du Soleil, as well as Official Suppliers Beanfield Metroconnect, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, FUSE Marketing Group, McKesson Canada, Royal Canadian Mint, Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Toronto Star, and Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada.