Time to take the logistics challenge

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The past year has seen some major challenges for logistics professionals. Economic uncertainty, natural disasters, and the never ending quest to improve performance. But such pressures can also result in the development of innovative ways of doing things and open up new opportunities.

Innovative thinking is one of the qualities that the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards are designed to highlight. And some of the most keenly contested categories in the Awards are in logistics.

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Last year the Award for Logistics and Distribution operations went to RS Components for a wide reaching project including small and large projects to overhaul and redesign the RS Components supply chain.

The judges said: “This company knows supply chain – it invested in change during the recession and came out leaner and fitter.”

In the Logistics Strategy category the 2011 Award went to Coca-Cola Enterprises which has centralised its multi-drop planning and is working closely with its customers to group branches for more efficient delivery patterns. It has also developed multi-drop backhaul system saving a huge amount of empty running.

So what are the judges looking for?

In the Logistics Strategy category, the judges will be on the lookout for strategic developments in an organisation’s logistics management and practice that have a quantifiable benefit to its supply chain. Examples could include centralising distribution systems, or large scale investments in facilities as part of a strategic realignment of a logistics operation.

The Logistics and Distribution Operations category will be lookling for projects that demonstrate an improvement in the efficiency of a logistics operation. This could involve warehousing, national and international transport by air, sea rail or road – or any combination of these elements. The entry should quantify the benefit of the project to the supply chain.

The Awards are organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with PwC’s PRTM Management Consulting, and the winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Mayfair on Tuesday 6th November.

Entry into the Awards is free – the deadline is Friday 8th June 2012.

I hope you will consider entering. You can find all the details of the awards on the web site: www.supplychainexcellenceawards.com

For more information contact: Dan Stone,  E: dan.stone@akabomedia.co.uk

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