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There is no sector of supply chain activity that impinges on peoples’ lives more than Grocery and General Retail. Without it, there would be no cornflakes on the breakfast table or chips on the dinner table, no shopping for essentials – or for leisure.

It’s a sector that has been well represented in The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards. But the competition is tough with some of the world’s most proficient supply chain practioners falling into this category.

Tesco has been award winner in the past with its Tesco Direct operation and last year, it was joined on the shortlist by entries from Homebase and TK Maxx.

Homebase unveiled an optimised distribution centre structure. Project “Harry and Molly” involved the change of location of two distribution centres simultaneously without causing disruption or disturbance to the customer. It managed this complex task and maintained a 92 per cent service level throughout.

For the past two years TK Maxx parent TJX Europe has been working to take cost out of the supply chain and enhance customer service through more frequent store deliveries. This has led to a combination of centralised processing operations and regional cross-docking facilities, bringing into play sophisticated warehousing technology.

Can your supply chain standard comparison with these giants of the industry?

There is everything to play for in the 2009 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with consultancy PRTM.

The awards web site is open and the deadline for entries is 5th June so there are just a few weeks to prepare your entry.

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

Industry Sector Awards:

* Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial
* Fashion, Apparel and Luxury Goods
* Grocery and General Retail
* Hi-Tech, Communications and Electronics
* Public Sector, Services and Utilities
* Pharmaceuticals, Health and Personal Care

Special Category Awards:
* Environmental Improvement
* Logistics and Fulfilment
* Sourcing and Procurement
* Supply Chain Innovation and Improvement
* Customer Service and Support

Recognition Awards:
* Team of the Year
* Individual Contribution

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