It’s time to show the world that you have a supply chain to be proud of. The 2018 Supply Chain Excellence Awards are now open for entries.
Since they were launched in 1997 the Awards have become the benchmark for supply chain best practice, attracting entries not only from the UK and Europe but all around the world.
The winners will be revealed on 6th November at a glittering ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hilton attended by hundreds of supply chain leaders from right across Europe.
Rapid change in the global retail and manufacturing environment is driving developments in supply chain. And in parallel with that the Awards have an increased focus on innovation, in terms of both strategy and technology. New categories this year include City Logistics Innovation as well as Robotics Innovation.
The 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Awards saw strong competition for the Overall Winner’s crown between McVities Carlisle, Severn Trent, Turkcell, Elval, Euro Car Parts and Lesara. Ultimately it was Severn Trent that got the judge’s vote.
The judges said Severn Trent had transformed a fragmented supply chain and created a structure that delivered competitive advantage through enhanced visibility, transparency, and performance. “This is supply chain excellence in abundance.”
The Awards have grown continuously since they were launched to become the benchmark for best practice in supply chain and logistics.
Severn Trent joins an illustrious list of winners. The first Overall Winner, back in 1997, was MoDo Paper of Sweden and since then Overall Winners have included major motor manufacturers such as MAN and Jaguar Land Rover, IT companies such as Infineon and Dell, consumer products companies such as Pepsi-Cola and Danone, and retailers such as Primark and Waterstones.
Winning a Supply Chain Excellence Award can be a gruelling experience. Entrants are asked to provide us with a lot of information. Those entrants that make it through to the shortlist are invited to make a presentation to the judges. We have a team of more than 30 judges made up of leading supply chain professionals.
If you would like to enter the Awards this year, you can check out the categories below.
Click here to access forms and additional information.
• SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGY & DESIGN AWARD
Strategic developments in an organisation’s supply chain management and practice that have a quantifiable benefit to the business. Examples could include centralising distribution systems, or large scale investments in facilities as part of a strategic realignment of a logistics operation.
• SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS AWARD – sponsored by Clipper Logistics
Projects that demonstrate an improvement in the efficiency of a supply chain operation. This could involve warehousing, national and international transport by air, sea, rail or road – or any combination of these elements. The entry should evidence (qualitative and quantitative) of the benefits of the project to the Supply Chain.
• SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS SME AWARD (UNDER £50M, 250 EMPLOYEES)
Projects that demonstrate an improvement in the efficiency of an SME supply chain 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.
• SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY AWARD – sponsored by BluJay Solutions
Projects that can demonstrate an improvement in supply chain visibility right through the supply chain.
• DEMAND FORECASTING & PLANNING AWARD
Projects that can demonstrate developments in demand forecasting and planning improving the supply chain operations overall.
• SOURCING & PROCUREMENT AWARD
Projects to improve the performance of the procurement function through innovation and/or more effective management of the process.
• SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION AWARD – sponsored by flex
Projects that demonstrate how an organisation is driving change by the adoption of new, innovative supply chain practices.
• TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD
Projects involving the use of IT, artificial intelligence, or other technology, in a new or innovative way, and that has quantifiable benefits to the operation of the organisation’s supply chain. Examples could include IoT developments, uses of AI in logistics, M2M communications.
• TRANSPORT INNOVATION AWARD
Innovation in transport thinking, technology or operations, that has quantifiable benefits to the operation of the organisation’s supply chain.
• DELIVERY INNOVATION AWARD
Projects involving new or innovative approaches to solve complex fulfilment problems. This covers home delivery along with other B to C and B to B delivery operations.
• AUTOMATION INNOVATION AWARD
Innovations in warehouse automation that have quantifiable benefits to the operation of the organisation’s supply chain.
• CITY LOGISTICS INNOVATION AWARD
Innovations designed to improve the efficiency of inner city logistics, reduce congestion, emissions and sound pollution as well as improving the consumer’s experience.
• ROBOTICS INNOVATION AWARD
Innovations in robotics that improve logistics operations in terms of and quality efficiency, and demonstrate innovative/forward thinking.
• CARBON REDUCTION/EMISSION-FREE INITIATIVE AWARD
Initiatives to reduce carbon, as well as other emissions, and demonstrate active engagement in contributing to reaching 2050 goals.
• ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAIN AWARD
Effective CSR initiatives for ethical procurement, labour and environmental sustainability in the supply chain.
• ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AWARD
Environmental projects to use resources more efficiently and minimise waste. Examples could include recycling, reducing packaging, and reducing the use of plastics in the supply chain.
• EXTREME LOGISTICS AWARDS
Initiatives that demonstrate logistics excellence in emergency or crisis situations, or challenging environments.
• WAREHOUSE INITIATIVE AWARD
Projects that involve warehousing, whether regarding single-site operations or multi-site strategy, which demonstrate an improvement in the efficiency of operations.
• SAFETY AWARD
Projects that have resulted in improvements to the supply chain via strategic use of safety programmes.
• CUSTOMER SERVICE & SUPPORT AWARD
Projects that can demonstrate an improvement in customer service /support through more effective management of the supply chain. The entry should quantify the benefits of the project to the supply chain.
• RISING STAR AWARD
This award is for young people starting their careers in supply chain and logistics who demonstrate enthusiasm, talent and the promise of great things to come. Candidates can come from all levels within the organisation from apprentices upwards.
• TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
The winning entry will demonstrate the contribution of a high performing team to supply chain success.
• OVERALL WINNER
The overall winner will be chosen from the entries in the other categories that best demonstrate the characteristics of high performing supply chains.
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All the details of who won last year – and why – along with videos and pictures
from the Awards Dinner.