UPS, London Olympics 2012

UPS is under starter’s orders for the delivery of team kit to more than 300 London 2012 Paralympic athletes.

The operation will require the warehousing, packing and delivery of more than 27,000 items.

Kit will first be warehoused, before being picked and packed for athletes according to their size and individual requirements. Items will all be scanned to ensure stock control, before being loaded into kit bags for delivery.

Each athlete will receive three official kit bags containing their competition and Village wear designed by Stella McCartney for Adidas.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, says: “This is a mammoth job and it is vital that all the kit arrives on time and to the right place, so it is important to be working with a company like UPS that is well versed in this kind of large-scale operation.”

UPS says it is delivering the kit well in advance of the Paralympic Games so the athletes have time to wear it and ensure it is the correct size. A UPS Swap Van will be travelling around the country in the weeks following the main delivery carrying additional stock in order to cater to any last-minute exchanges.

Cindy Miller, MD of UK, Ireland & Nordics at UPS, adds: “This is a hugely significant moment for any athlete on their journey to the London 2012 Games and we are excited to be playing such a vital role in making their dreams of representing their country at the Paralympic Games a reality.”

Over the course of the entire Games, UPS will be responsible for the delivery of approximately 30 million items, including one million pieces of sporting equipment.