Wednesday 28th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

Can you improve your environment?

If there’s one award that will face stiff competition at this year’s European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, it will be the Environmental Improvement category, but do you have what it takes to beat the pack?

Fending off stiff competition from the likes of Off Piste Wines with Uniserve Drinks Logistics, The Co-operative Food took the crown last year.

Winning for its logistics carbon reduction programme and store waste backhaul initiative, The Co-operative Food made a significant impact on its carbon footprint and use of landfill. In 2013 alone fuel consumption decreased by 1.2 million litres and emissions reduced by 3,826 tonnes CO2e. Compared with 2006, emissions from food distribution have decreased by 31 per cent, and 32 million fewer miles were driven in 2013. While in that same year it rolled out its waste backhaul initiative to all sites, involving in-store segregation of waste into four streams and the return of waste to DCs.

The judges were impressed by the scale of the project – covering over 2,800 food stores, 12 distribution centres and the entire road distribution fleet. Vehicle engine improvement played their part, but savings have mainly been achieved through investment in logistics planning software, fuel- efficient driver training and retrofitting 195 vehicles with aerodynamic improvements.

According to the judges, The Co-operative Food delivered and quantified the results, and there was a qualitative narrative. This was a major change programme for the retailer’s logistics operations – “it was in a league of its own”. The judges thought the team was “professional, knowledgeable and committed”.

Now, though, it could be your turn to take the take the top spot, with The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2015 open for entries.

The Awards are the gold standard of supply chain achievement and overall winners include some of Europe’s leading companies such as Vodafone, BASF, Danone Baby Nutrition and GlaxoSmithKline.

The winners of the 2015 Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Monday, 16th November.

The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards are organised by Supply Chain Standard in association with PwC.

There were a record number of entries last year – and 72 companies made it to the final stage of the awards judging.

What makes the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards special is the stringent process to analyse supply chain performance. Our judging team is made up of senior industry figures who bring years of experience to bear. Shortlisted companies are asked to make presentations to our judges and face detail questioning from panel members.

It’s a uniquely exhaustive process that makes the Awards uniquely worth winning.

You can find full entry details at the Awards web site: www.supplychainexcellenceawards.com