Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Is your supply chain a top performer?

The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2010 are now open for entries. The Awards are the gold standard for supply chain operations in Europe attracting entries from the world’s leading manufacturers, retailers and supply chain specialists.

Last year the Awards, organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with consultancy PRTM, attracted a record number of entries and this year even more entries are expected. What makes them unique is a stringent judging process which focuses on performance against five core disciplines of supply chain.

The awards are presented at a glittering dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel before an audience of more than 450 industry leaders. This year the dinner will take place on Thursday 18th November.

The awards are split into a number of categories – sector awards covering the key areas of trade and industry, and business process awards that recognise excellence in specific supply chain functions.

Last year more than 60 companies were shortlisted for the awards. Telefónica O2 UK picked up the trophy for overall winner by demonstrating an outstanding level of performance across the five core disciplines of strategic supply chain management.

The Individual Achievement Awards went to Peter Surtees, European supply chain director – consumer products at Kimberly-Clark for his work on developing collaborative operations with Kelloggs and Unilever.

Collaboration was major theme of the awards last year, according to an analysis by PRTM of the detailed entries of more than 100 companies. Supply chain risk minimisation, not surprisingly, also figured as one of the most important strategic issues facing supply chain professionals.

When it comes to innovating the supply chain, most participants are looking at innovation opportunities that will improve their competitive advantage. In building the supply chain of the future, executives are focused on developing and implementing a strategy that aligns customer needs with product development and supply chain strategies to deliver competitive advantage.

Participants noted other factors like a focus on cost containment (63 per cent), the increased role of technology (52 per cent) and sustainability as a strategic differentiator (36 per cent) as important.

Participants last year came from a wide range of sectors—including aerospace and defence, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, retail, and FMCG—and from a variety of countries: France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece and the UK. Participating companies included Carlsberg UK, Daimler Trucks, Henkel, Cadbury, LEGO, BSkyB and GlaxoSmithKline.



The Industry Sector Awards recognise excellence in organisation and management of a complete supply chain. Entries are scored on the five core disciplines of: supply chain strategy; processing systems architecture; supply chain organisation; performance management; and collaboration.

Aerospace, Defence, Industrial and Automotive
Manufacturers of aircraft, defence equipment and heavy engineering projects, such as electric generating plant, automotive, gas equipment.

Consumer & Retail
This category has been created by merging Fashion, Apparel & Luxury Goods and Grocery & General Retail together.

Hi Tech, Communications & Electronics
Telecoms and manufacturers of electronics goods, such as mobile telephones, computers, televisions, and hi-tech equipment.

Pharmaceuticals, Health and Personal Care
Manufacturers and suppliers of medicines, both prescription and over the counter. Health supplements and related products, personal care products such as toiletries and beauty brands.

Public Sector, Services & Utilities
Government bodies and departments, civil service, city councils, service companies, health authorities and hospitals, charities, railway companies, maintenance companies, utilities such as the water, electricity and gas companies.


The Special Category Awards differ from the Industry Sector Awards in that they recognise excellence in the implementation of a specific project.

Customer Service & Support
Projects that can demonstrate an improvement in customer service /support through more effective management of the supply chain.

Environmental Improvement
Projects that reduce carbon footprints or use resources more efficiently.

Logistics & Fulfilment
Projects that improve the efficiency or reduce the costs of a specific logistics operation or contribute to an overall improvement to supply chain performance.

Sourcing & Procurement
Projects to improve the performance of the procurement function through innovation and/or more effective management of the process.

IT Innovation
IT focused projects that demonstrate how the organisation is driving change by the adoption of new, innovative supply chain practice.

Supply Chain Innovation & Improvement
Projects that demonstrate how the organisation is driving change by the adoption of new, innovative supply chain practice.


Individual Contribution
This award cannot be entered. The winner is voted for by readers of Logistics Manager following nominations from the industry.

Team of the Year
The winner of this category is chosen from entries received for both Industry Sector and Special Category awards.

To enter you first need to register at the Awards web site. You can then download an entry form and start the entry process.

If you want to find out what it took to be a winner last year, there is a section on the web site with articles on all the current category champions as well as the overall winners.

To find out more and download an entry form, visit the Awards web site: