Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

UPS gears up for biggest Olympic test yet

UPS has completed the first phase of logistics for the London Prepares series of test events at ExCel London, which will feature seven different Olympic sports ahead of the London Games next summer.

ExCel is the biggest challenge yet as equipment for a number of sports must be delivered, installed and removed to a tight schedule within a single venue.

The first round of live competition starts tomorrow (24th November), with the boxing and table tennis.

So far, UPS has delivered 9,000 pieces of furniture, 7,870 square metres of sports arena flooring, 3 truckloads of timing and scoring equipment, 2 truckloads of technology equipment, and 1 boxing ring.


Over the next 18 days, UPS will continue to deliver and install equipment for the seven sporting events taking place, including over 5 truckloads of safety mats for the Wrestling, Judo and Taekwondo competitions and over 7,400kg of weights for the Weightlifting competition.

“ExCeL London has been our biggest test yet, simply because of the number of different sports taking place over a period of just a few days,” said Cindy Miller, managing director, UPS UK, Ireland & Nordics. “Ordinarily, these are sports which wouldn’t be staged together, so there has been a lot of unique planning that has gone into ensuring everything is delivered and in place for each upcoming event, while at the same time removing all the equipment used from previous events.”