While it was the race car drivers receiving all the attention on the track at the 2006 Adelaide Clipsal 500 motor race, Swire Cold Storage’s Cold Chain Logistics (CCL) transport division earned enormous praise behind the scenes.
With two weeks of event planning prior to the March 23 opening, SCS’ South Australian transport team was well positioned to ensure plans were successfully executed.
Ground work commenced early with Peter Imlay, Transport Administration, and Simon Dorman, Trainee Manager, placing 5 x 48’ containers filled with 125 pallets of alcohol around the race track, before the assembly of bars, food stalls and merchandise stands began.
The pre-chilled pallets, loaded at SCS’s Dry Creek I facility, managed to last only until the Friday night before they needed replacement, such was the volume of people flocking to the race. A relay of CCL rigids was organised to move reserve stock from Dry Creek I to the race track over night to ensure no stock shortages.
Couriers were employed due to congestion, with CCL once more lending a hand, with three couriers transferring food from the main kitchen to fifteen additional food outlets. This was a demanding task for drivers working gruelling shifts to cope with the volume of food required.
SCS staff involved in the event were praised for the organisation, expert positioning of units and management of daily loads, while Simon Dorman, SCS Trainee Supervisor SA, was commended for his mediation between bar outlets, kitchens and event organisers; and trouble shooting to ensure the event ran as smoothly as possible.