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Last week was one of the toughest but also one of the most rewarding of the year. It was the week when the judges for the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards got to meet the shortlisted companies.

This year there has been a huge number of entries for the awards and almost 60 companies made it to the short list.

Anyone who has ever entered the awards will know just how exhaustive the process is. In the first stage, the entry form is quite detailed to enable the judges to decide on which companies should go through to the short list.

The shortlisted companies are invited to make a one hour presentation to the judges who have to assess each entry against a series of criteria including the five core disciplines of supply chain:
* Supply chain strategy
* Process and systems architecture
* Organisation
* Performance management
* Collaboration

What was most impressive was the quality of the entries – it is clear that supply chain is moving up the agenda for many organisations and taking its rightful place at the boardroom table.

Some of this is no doubt driven by the recession, but it was very clear that there is a real enthusiasm for supply chain development. It certainly makes it difficult for the judges to come to conclusions, but it’s an exciting process – an adventure in excellence.

You can also contribute to the judging process by voting in the Individual Contribution category. The deadline is Friday 9th October and you can vote at www.supplychainexcellenceawards.com

The results will be announced at the Awards dinner on 12th November. Hope you can make it.

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