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There are now just a few days to go to finalise entries for the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2011 ahead of the deadline on Friday, 15th July.

The Awards have already attracted a huge amount of interest so if you think your company’s supply chain is up there with the best don’t leave it too late to enter.

Last year’s winner of the industry sector Award for Automotive, Aerospace & Industrial was BMW Motorrad.

Over a two-year period BMW Motorrad implemented a comprehensive supplier management programme that used risk management as a strategic tool – an asset that proved itself during the economic down turn.

A best practice collaboration approach enabled BMW to move quickly to new suppliers.

“The solution is impressive and elegant. In the context of the massive sales crisis during last year, the solution and the security of supply that was achieved is unparalleled,” said the judges.

“BMW gives a perfect example of how valuable it is for both sides to share information and jointly evaluate the risks.”

Also shortlisted were Ford Motor Company and Vibracoustic Polska.

Ford Motor Company’s entry centred on a programme to upgrade its steel sourcing capabilities to a “best practice” standard, based on supplier ratings.

The company implemented an online steel shortage identification and control system to identify and solve actual and potential shortages, monitor forecast accuracy and ensure a smooth 12-week demand and supply planning period.

Using a risk indicator system for each SKU the company worked in close collaboration with suppliers – steel manufacturers – to identify and solve upcoming issues. The judges thought there were some excellent aspects to this project.

Vibracoustic Polska, a company making vibration control solutions for vehicles, worked on a more end-to-end supply chain solution with impressive results on delivery performance, inventory levels and other KPIs.

The judges could see a clear supply chain strategy focused on achieving company objectives of profitability, growth and quality – and in the process moving from a “make to stock” to a complete “make to order” operation.

Tekdata Interconnections was also shortlisted.

Entry into the Awards is free – the deadline is Friday, 15th July 2011.

Register and download an entry form at


Industry Sector Awards
> Automotive, Aerospace & Industrial
> Consumer Products
> Hi-Tech, Communications &Electronics
> Public Sector, Services & Utilities
> Retail

Special Category Awards
> Contribution to Environmental Improvement
> Customer Service & Support
> Innovation in Supply Chain Practice
> Innovation in Use of Technology
> Logistics & Distribution Operations
> Logistics Strategy
> Sourcing & Procurement
> Training & Professional Development
> Team of the Year
> Overall Winner

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