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Chanel VIPs visit Melbourne

During November, Chanel held an exclusive jewelry display at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. The invitation only event was attended by Chanel’s VIP Australian clientele. The Grand Hyatt Melbourne was chosen as the venue due to its palatial surroundings and brand image.

Chess Moving Melbourne, having recently acted as the logistics manager for the Grand Hyatt during their 18 month refurbishment, was recommended to Chanel to coordinate the logistics for the bump in/bump out phase of the event.

The travelling Chanel display stand was housed within 50 timber crates, consisting of 90m³ and was airfreighted from the previous venue. The bump in phase was performed under an extremely tight time frame, as the last of the crates did not arrive in Melbourne until the morning of the delivery.

Due to the overall size of the Chanel crates, none would actually fit into the Grand Hyatt Melbourne’s sizeable goods lift. Thus all crates had to be hoisted via an external crane to the 8th floor conference area. Chess Moving Melbourne provided a team of 7 staff to work alongside the crane company staff, between midnight and 6:00am, to bump in all 50 timber crates plus a truck load of occasional furniture and fittings.

A team of professional set installers were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the components, so they could commence the task of assembling and building the impressive display. The final touches were completed as a group of armed guards delivered the Chanel jewelry, in readiness for the opening night. 

The Chanel event lasted for four days before the Chess Melbourne staff had to wrap, pack and re-crate the display back into its purpose built crates. The bump out phase which was also performed between midnight and 6:00am went according to plan.

The Chanel project had many unique facets which added to the complexity of the program scheduling. Chess Moving Melbourne worked alongside various sub trades and stakeholders including, the Grand Hyatt events team, Chanel events team, Chanel installers, Chanel freight logistics and the crane company staff. Our contribution to the overall success of the project was warmly acknowledged by both Chanel and the Grand Hyatt. 

Chess Moving Melbourne’s Site Supervisor, Rick Sposito, stated that “it was an interesting project to be involved with. It was a challenge due to the tight time frame and complex access, but very satisfying to achieve a successful outcome.”