SAPICS 2019 Post-Conference Ezine - Page 25



SAPICS E-ZINE SEP 2019
Tebbutt notes that one of the biggest
challenges was getting the gear to the
locations over Christmas and New Year.
“We all know how tricky this time of the
year is in the world of logistics,” she
commented.
who has been involved in the supply
chain field for 15 years, there were times
when I just stood back and was amazed
by the logistics of it all while I was out
there starving,” she quipped.
The logistics challenges start with
location decisions. “The producers fly
to different island locations and scope
out the area. Season 6 was filmed
in the Philippines due to the current
infrastructure and knowledge of the
locals there who had worked on the US
version at that location some years ago.”
Building sets – for challenges, rewards
and “Tribal Councils” – was also a
Survivor logistics challenge. “There are
no hardware stores down the road, so
planning for these builds, procuring
materials and getting them to the
right place at the right time had to
be meticulous to ensure that the tight
production schedule was not delayed.”
The supply chain was impacted by
a number of cyclones which brought
construction to a halt for a time, she
reveals.
Transport is vital in the Survivor supply
chain. “In the Philippines season of
Survivor SA, a problem was the distance
between the various islands. There were
islands that the different tribes lived
on and also the various islands where
challenges took place. You could only
get from one place to another by boat. A
fleet of eight speedboats and two bunker
boats for equipment and materials was
used. They used 720 litres of fuel daily.”
A new logistics angle featured in this
season of Survivor when South African
quick service restaurant brand Steers
made an appearance in the Philippines.
When the different tribes merged,
a celebration feast was set up for
contestants. “It was a Steers feast, and
they even shipped in their ice cream
machine for us,” enthused Tebbutt, who
said it was a memorable moment as she
had not eaten for four days.
In addition to the contestants, there
were 120 South African crew members
and 160 Filipino crew members working
on the show. Some of the statistics
that Tebbutt shared in her SAPICS
Conference presentation included that
a total of 426 flights were booked for the
duration of filming.
In keeping with the growing global drive
for greener supply chains, Survivor
follows a strict policy of ensuring that
all activities have zero impact on the
location and environment. Reverse
logistics came into play, with some
materials having to be sent back to
South Africa. “The place that I had called
home for a month suddenly looked as
though I had never been there at all,”
Tebbutt concluded.
“Gear, including cameras, was flown
in from South Africa to Manilla. From
Manilla, they were put into a container
on a boat and shipped to El Nido – since
the planes to the island are too small.
From El Nido they were taken to the crew
by car or speed boat. All audio gear was
airfreighted in from the United States.”
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