Never has it been more important to focus on excellence in the management of the supply chain. That’s why the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards play such a valuable role in the industry.
All too often supply chain professionals are the unsung heroes of business. Companies can make excellent products, they can run brilliant marketing campaigns, but the performance of the supply chain can make the difference between delighting and disappointing the customer.
Companies all around the world are struggling with falling demand for their products, and tightening of the financial markets, so the pressure to cut costs is intense. In such an environment, the spotlight is firmly on supply chain professionals to deliver improved performance and, at the same time, do it more cost-effectively.
And those organisations that have not yet recognised the value of excellence in supply chain are going to have to demonstrate a high degree of agility if they are to keep up with their more forward thinking rivals. Times like these separate the men from boys.
A key way of recognising outstanding achievement is through The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.
Last year saw some outstanding entries from right across Europe. Nokia Siemens Networks, overall winner of the 2008 awards, was described by the judges as demonstrating all the characteristics and attributes of a world-leading supply chain. “With this model they are going to be a leader in the transformation of their industry.”
NSN followed a radical transformational strategy where new processes were defined and implemented, new facilities established, and major SAP changes undertaken – all significant tasks. The extensive programme of implementation completely transformed the previous operating structure (Siemens and Nokia), creating a new best-practice model – a truly end-to-end supply chain. The results are impressive: installation cost reduction per installed system of 50 per cent; service installation cost reduction of 20 per cent; installation engineering productivity improved by a factor of 2-3.
Klaus-Michael Kuehne of Kuehne + Nagel won the individual contribution award joining such luminaries as Lawrence Christensen of Sainsbury’s and John Allan of Deutsche Post.
The Awards are split into a number of categories – sector awards covering the key areas of trade and industry, and special category awards that recognise excellence in specific supply chain functions.
The Awards are presented at a glittering Dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in the Autumn before and audience of more than 450 industry leaders.
The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, which are organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with consultancy PRTM, are renowned for the rigour of the judging process which also provides valuable feedback for entrants.
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Gordon Colborn, director of PRTM, says: “We firmly believe that the best supply chains contribute to competitive advantage. However we also understand that driving supply chain improvement sometimes feels like a never ending task.
“The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards provide a unique opportunity to not only see how well your supply chain compares with others, but for the finalists and winners provides a fantastic opportunity to recognise the efforts and achievements of your team.
“Go on – enter now, you’ve got nothing to lose and an enormous amount to gain!”
How to enter
To find out more and download an entry form, visit the awards web site:
Industry Sector Awards
Aerospace, Defence, Industrial & Automotive
Fashion, Apparel & Luxury Goods
Grocery & General Retail
Hi Tech, Communications & Electronics
Public Sector, Services & Utilities
Special Category Awards
Logistics & Fulfilment
Sourcing & Procurement
Supply Chain Innovation & Improvement
Customer Service & Support
Team of the Year
Top teams – Winners of the 2008 awards
FMCG/CPG: Kimberly Clark
Retail & Distribution: Belron
Telecoms, Hi Tech & Electronics: Nokia Siemens Networks
Aerospace, Defence & Industrial: Mondi
Public Sector, Services & Utilities: Electrabel
Environmental Improvements: CitySprint
Sourcing & Procurement: Hewlett Packard CDS
Logistics & Fulfilment: The LEGO Group
Supply Chain Innovation: Guy’s & Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust / Squadron Medical
Team of the Year: Vodafone
Individual Contribution: Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Kuehne + Nagel
Overall Winner: Nokia Siemens Networks