Schenker Australia have been appointed as the official logistics provider for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.
The company will provide a range of capabilities to assist with the delivery of the Games, including aiding the arrival and departure of baggage and equipment for 6,600 athletes and officials.
As part of the agreement, Schenker will provide access to a comprehensive global freight forwarding network and have an integrated warehouse and distribution service for receiving assets from suppliers.
Schenker are also set to provide a warehouse management system for the control of assets moving through the warehouse.
"Delivering Gold Coast 2018 is a massive proposition and we need experienced partners on board who are experts in their field," said Peter Beattie, Gold Coast 2018 chairman.
"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 and Paralympic Games.
"They were also the official supplier 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."
Richard Holy, general manager at Schenker Australia Queensland, revealed the company will process and move close to 500,000 sports items in the weeks building up to the Games.
He also promised that the company would work with Gold Coast 2018 to help up-skill the community and deliver opportunities for staff.
"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.
"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.
"This will provide a training pathway and skills legacy post Gold Coast 2018 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."