WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Agility, a leading global logistics provider, announced its appointment as the official logistics provider for the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC).
The partnership agreement means that Agility will be responsible for handling the logistics requirements for New Zealand teams competing in events such as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi later this year through the London Olympic Games in 2012.
"I am proud Agility will be able to contribute to the success of New Zealand teams competing in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games," said Anthony Browne, CEO of Agility New Zealand. "As sports fans we love following the achievements of our New Zealand athletes competing on the world stage and we will play our part in ensuring that the teams are well prepared."
"It is exciting to partner with Agility, known globally as a market leader in specialized logistics," said Terry Daly, commercial director of the NZOC. "Our teams and campaigns create some fairly unique demands on our logistics provider—we transport everything from ice machines, medical supplies and racing bikes to bean bags and coffee. Agility handles some of the most challenging logistics jobs in the world so we know our equipment is in good hands."
Daly added, "It was important that we were able to work with a company that had a strong local presence here in New Zealand, but also a global network, taking Delhi for example, Agility has traded there since 1982 and they employ over 1,500 people across India.
"At Agility, corporate social responsibility is integrated into our corporate culture," said Browne. "The goals of the Olympics are to promote sport as a means of peace and to uphold a set of values that include excellence, friendship and respect. We feel a real alignment between our corporate social responsibility goals and the ideals of the Olympic movement."
As well as helping New Zealand teams to compete at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Agility will also assist other elite teams competing at the Paralympics and Youth Olympic Games. The agreement will run through the end of 2012.
Agility is one of the world's leading providers of integrated logistics to businesses and governments. It is a publicly traded company with close to $6 billion in annual revenue and 32,000 employees in over 550 offices and 120 countries. Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe's most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint, and customized capabilities in developed and emerging economies alike
Agility's commercial division, Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), is headquartered in Switzerland and provides supply chain solutions to customers in technology, retail, chemicals, and other industries. Agility Defense & Government Services (DGS) offers logistics services to governments, relief agencies and international institutions worldwide. Agility Infrastructure group companies primarily focus on opportunities in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, providing infrastructure support in the areas of industrial real estate, customs optimization, and airline services.