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The Logistics Of The Olympics Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

While the Olympics may seem like a fast paced event full of forward momentum, it has elements that are more long term than just a few days. Take, or example, the logistics of the Olympics: in order to properly determine the timelines, supply chains, and resourcing required, many logistics organizations had to plan for years. Take the example of UPS: Warehousing logistics for the Games is the responsibility of UPS, the official logistics partner of the Olympics, who have secured 80,000 square meters of warehousing space to accommodate the demands of getting the goods to the starting blocks. UPS has the unenviable task of literally “managing the last mile” into all the Olympic venues. Everything is processed through UPS warehouses where the inbound deliveries are unloaded and x-rayed for security purposes. Outbound shipments are planned, loaded onto vehicles and sent to one of the 37 competition venues across the UK (27 of which are in London). But what goes into the venues also needs to come out! So the Olympics reverse logistics is also a significant challenge involving retrieval return to warehouses and finally disposal. In fact, by the end of the Games UPS will have moved more than 30 million items! Other supply chain challenges come from feeding and transporting not only Olympians but also the fans who go to watch the games. With regular routes either closed down or severely overloaded, those in charge of transportation found themselves needing to be as efficient and intelligent as possible.  

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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