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Logistics Behind the 2018 Winter Olympics

02.08.2018 | By Peter Frys | 2 min. read

When it comes to logistics and warehouse management, there’s nothing like a huge international event to put systems to the test. The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea is such an event. With over 15,000 athletes and reporters and all their equipment in tow, the logistics involved are mind-boggling. Add in more than 10,000 press members, the spectators, and the fact that the athletes’ equipment will need to go through customs, and the complications increase. Here’s a quick look at what’s involved.

Behind the Scenes

Hanjin Transportation Company has been named the official logistics supplier for the games. The company is responsible for customs brokerage, goods survey, packing, vehicle loading and export documentation handling. They’ll take care of all transport via air, land, and sea for the games and even handle last-mile storage and delivery to PyeongChang.

Rock-It Cargo is the company tasked with warehouse management. One challenge Rock-It Cargo faces is providing adaptable space for warehousing capable of storing everything from gymnastics equipment to props for the opening ceremonies. A flawless and streamlined distribution system will be their goal which, according to data from the 2012 games, will handle somewhere around 30 million items.

New Challenges

The games in South Korea are unlike past Olympics due to the location. In the past, the games have been located in urban centers like Rio or London. This year’s location will bring fewer issues with traffic congestion, but the transportation infrastructure still presents problems. Public transit had to be set up or supplemented for the abnormally high volume of travelers.

Roadbuilding has been underway to ensure better transportation of freight, while the athletes, media, and spectators travel by high-speed rail. A new expressway is reducing travel from the Incheon International Airport to the Olympic venues by approximately 40 minutes. The extension of an expressway from Seoul by 75 km will reduce travel time by another 40 minutes. Overall, a total of 16 roads were built or expanded to make the logistics of the 2018 Winter Games possible.

The Olympic games are not only a chance for the athletes to perform at their top limits, but for logistics and warehouse management companies to deliver world-class performances of their own. These companies must maintain their focus and execute perfectly before, during, and after the 2018 Olympics have ended. Companies such as Hanjin and Rock-It Cargo, like the thousands of athletes who compete, will have an incredible accomplishment to look back on for years to come.

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