The Supply Chain Excellence Awards now in their 23rd year have become the benchmark for supply chain best practice, attracting entries from not only the UK and Europe but all around the world. This year we see new categories including City Logistics Innovation and Robotics Innovation. The same process applies and remember, these Awards are focused on recognising the achievements of end-user practitioners within supply chain and we can only accept submissions from non-end-users (e.g. 3PLs, 4PLs, consultancies) when in partnership with an end-user customer. If you have any queries, please contact us.
AUTOMATION INNOVATION AWARD
Innovations in warehouse automation that have quantifiable benefits to the operation of the organisation’s supply chain.
CITY LOGISTICS INNOVATION
Innovations designed to improve the efficiency of inner city logistics, reduce congestion, emissions and sound pollution as well as improving the consumer’s experience.
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.
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.
DEMAND FORECASTING & PLANNING AWARD
Projects that can demonstrate developments in demand forecasting and planning improving the supply chain operations overall.
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.
ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAIN AWARD
Effective CSR initiatives for ethical procurement, labour and environmental sustainability in the supply chain.
EXTREME LOGISTICS AWARDS
Initiatives that demonstrate logistics excellence in emergency or crisis situations, or challenging environments.
LOGISTICS INNOVATION – SPONSORED BY Geek+
Projects that demonstrate how organisations are using innovations in logistics practice to drive efficiency in their operations.
Order picking is once of the most critical areas of any logistics operation and this award will go to the project that uses innovative thinking to improve efficiency and accuracy at the pickface.
RETAIL INNOVATION – SPONSORED BY DP World
The dramatic changes in the retail market mean that innovation is at a premium in retail supply chains – we will be looking for such
projects that are delivering real benefits.
ROBOTICS INNOVATION AWARD – SPONSORED BY XPO Logistics
Innovations in robotics that improve logistics operations in terms of and quality efficiency, and demonstrate innovative/forward thinking.
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.
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)
the benefits of the project to the Supply Chain.
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 VISIBILITY AWARD
Projects that can demonstrate an improvement in supply chain visibility right through the supply chain.
Innovation in transport thinking, technology or operations, that has quantifiable benefits to the operation of the organisation’s supply chain.
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD – SPONSORED BY BluJay Solutions
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.
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.
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 – SPONSORED BY SmartFreight
The winning entry will demonstrate the contribution of a high performing team to supply chain success.
The overall winner will be chosen from the entries in the other categories that best demonstrates the characteristics of high performing supply chains.