An upcoming event will test the forklift driving, pallet box packing, and pallet jacking skills of the region’s warehouse workers as they compete for the “Golden Pallet” award.
The LogistX Games, organized by the CBRE Group and CORE Group commercial real estate companies, will be held for the second year on Friday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Matrix Development distribution center at 965 Cranbury-South River Road in South Brunswick.
The event will kick off with a speech by South Brunswick mayor Frank Gambatese, and teams will participate in relay events that include the Pallet Puzzle Sprint, the Pallet Jack Relay, the Pick/Pack Hurdle, and the Box Put. The Pallet Jack Relay, for example, is a timed event that challenges teams as they travel through an obstacle course while keeping their pallet of boxes in place.
To date the partnership has raised approximately $25,000 in cash and $10,000 in trophies, equipment, and supplies in advance of the competition. All proceeds from the games (after event costs) will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Program.
Confirmed participants of the 2015 Games include teams from Simon & Schuster, Tiffany & Co., Sleepy’ s, GMB North America, Lifetime Brands, Frazier Industrial Co., and Royal Food.
“The 2014 New Jersey LogistXGames were highly praised by workers in logistics and distribution who enjoyed having the opportunity to showcase their skills and the importance of their work,” said Allison Clancy, president of CORE Group. “In addition to effectively communicating the value of the industry, the Games provide an arena for companies to build employee pride, establish team work principles and reinforce the safety standards vital to the industry.”
For the second consecutive year, Tiffany & Co. has donated trophies to be awarded to participants in the games. The LogistXGames team that receives the Golden Pallet Award is required to return it to the Games the following year. In the 2014 New Jersey competition, the team from Simon & Schuster — the “Box Busters” — received the Golden Pallet Award and will return this year to defend its title.
The first LogistXGames were held in 2007 in Louisville and were then expanded to Indianapolis and Cincinnati in 2013 and New Jersey the next year.