Two very different but innovative projects – one from Tesco with FitOut UK and one from CharterSync – make up the shortlist for the Sourcing and Procurement Award at the Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2020.
The Sourcing and Procurement award recognises projects that have improved the performance of the procurement function through pioneering and/or more effective process management.
Register here for the 3.30pm broadcast.
Tesco with FitOut UK
In April 2020, Tesco opened a pop-up store at London ExCel to allow Nightingale Hospital staff to buy food and other essentials with ease. The 24-hour shop was set up in response to Public Health England’s desire for shops catering to NHS staff during the Covid-19 crisis.
There were many challenges from the outset, which fell to Tesco Group Property Procurement to resolve, working in collaboration with Head of Procurement UK and ROI, Clare Gregorio. First and foremost, the store had to be delivered very quickly, and the site was already busy with multiple contractors and suppliers, there were many restrictions to contend with, and also a need to limit people on site and achieve social distancing.
Innovation was needed for every element of the project, from supply chain assembly, sourcing and procurement. The team exceeded every expectation of what could be done, with success driven by a strategy that brought together innovation, efficiency, consolidation and control, while driving value, reducing costs and delivering sustainably.
The judges said the entry showcased “the power of collaboration and a can-do attitude to make a difference in peoples in lives”.
CharterSync is the world’s first air cargo charter booking platform, which makes booking time-critical air cargo charter flights quicker and easier for freight-forwarding companies. The technology accurately matches cargo loads to the most suitable aircraft in real time, offering significant time savings for air cargo charter flights.
The CharterSync platform was designed and developed by two pilots who identified the need for smart technology to expedite the process of procuring the most suitable aircraft for time-critical cargo. The intelligent platform partners with aircraft operators to put maximum information at the fingertips of freight-forwarders, delivering complete price transparency.
The judges described the entry as “extremely exciting” with an innovation that could deliver “true transformation and disruption of the freight logistics industry”.