Park Logistics has won a contract to deliver furniture from the Olympic village to souvenir hunters who have bought items in an online sale. Items include beds slept in by athletes such as Usain Bolt Jessica Ennis and Michael Phelps.
The items are being sold through a web site run by Remains of the Games, a trading division of Ramler Furniture, the company responsible for sourcing and buying around one million pieces of furniture, fixtures and equipment and renting them to Games organisers Locog for the period of the Games.
Items include 11,000 beds and mattresses chairs from the village dining hall, coffee tables, sofas, bedside tables and more than 6,500 bright green bean bags used by competitors relaxing after their events.
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The site, which went live before the Olympics began, has had up to 15,000 people logging on daily to buy something.
Items are already being collected from the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village – although the majority of products will be removed after the Paralympic Games – and are being taken to Ramler Furniture’s warehouse at Tilbury Docks in Essex, from where they will be sorted before delivery to Park Logistics’ site.
Park Logistics, which is based in Colwick, Nottingham, has taken on new staff to help it cope with demand. It will package and despatch the goods direct to buyers’ homes, as well as hosting a collection service for those who want to pick their purchases up themselves.
Stephen Gibson of Park Logistics said: “We worked quickly to bespoke a logistics solution to the demanding requirements of the organisers and were rewarded by winning this contract. Response from the public has been tremendous and we have had to take on extra staff, which is great news for everyone.”