Comedian Rufus Hound presided over a dramatic Awards night in London as supply chain leaders battled it out for the ultimate accolade.
The Overall Winner Award is the most highly coveted supply chain award in Europe.
Innovation is always a difficult category for the judges - mainly because it's difficult to determine what an innovative step is, exactly, as opposed to the application of known technology or methods.
Telefónica O2 UK has won the overall award in the 2009 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with PRTM.
The judges in the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2009 have released details of the shortlisted companies by category
Now is the time to enter the 2009 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards - the gold standard for supply chain operations in Europe. They are organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with consultancy PRTM.
The Public Sector, Services & Utilities category is one of the most difficult awards to judge. The great diversity of entries, from power generation and railways to medical services, makes direct comparison a tough task.
The Team of the Year category is one of the most difficult to assess. Team work can mean very different things to different people. And of course, it would be hard for any supply chain to develop, transform or improve significantly in an environment where
The Individual Contribution Award is different from all the other categories in the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards: you, the reader, nominate the candidates and vote by email for the winner.
Nokia Siemens Networks has followed a radical transformational strategy. The Overall Winner Award is the most highly coveted supply chain award in Europe.
As always, this is a greatly contested category. The Telecoms, Hi-Tech & Electronics sector consistently scores highly and is typically the highest scoring sector in the awards programme owing to its unique demands and its correspondingly advanced practic
This year German companies dominated the shortlist for the Aerospace, Defence & Industrial category. What is more, this was a high scoring sector and that always makes the judging a little more difficult.
Nokia Siemens Networks is the overall winner in this year’s European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with PRTM.
What do Des O’Connor, Victoria Wood, Joan Bakewell, Lawrence Dallaglio and Joe Calzaghe all have in common?
Reward and recognition are fundamental benefits of entering the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards. Leading companies have found that by being involved in Europe's top awards scheme, they have gained considerable benefits in terms of internal
The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards are now open for entries. These are Europe's most prestigious awards for supply chain management, having attracted many hundreds of leading companies over the 12 years of the competition.
''Our success is down to a backbone of a supply chain from demand creation onwards,'' says Dr Kurt Gruber, corporate vp, operations, corporate supply chain at Infineon.
For the eleventh outing of the ''Supply Chain Standard'' European Supply Chain Excellence Awards we were again delighted to have as our partner PRTM and we are very grateful to PRTM and their partners and consultants across Europe for their input this yea
Among this year's finalists, two entries stood-out for the Sourcing and Procurement Award - Nuon, from the public sector, utilities and services pool, and Vodafone.
FMCG is always one of the hardest-fought categories in the Awards, and this year was no exception.
The Retail & Distribution category is always hard-fought in the ESCE Awards, and this year was no exception. Retailers live and die by supply chain effectiveness - a product out of stock, whether at the shelves of a conventional store or in the warehouses
An innovation this year has been the separation of telecommunication company entries into a separate industry category - the reasoning being that we have found in previous years that this important sector falls uneasily between hi-tech manufacturing, util
The High-Technology and Electronics sector has a track record of producing outstanding finalists in these Awards, and very often the overall winner as well. It has sometimes been claimed (regardless of who our assessment partners have been) that the judgi
This category of entry may appear something of a mixed bag - what unites them is that they all work under constraints - legal or regulatory, and of course that great arbiter, public opinion - that can limit their freedom to operate in quite the way that p
We arrived with four finalists in what, we must admit, is a bit of a ''mish-mash'' of a category, but is essentially the engineering industries and their supply bases. None the less, the assessors believe they have identified a worthy winner.
The Healthcare category produced four shortlisted finalists, although for reasons that are obscure, one fancied entry didn''t continue through the assessment procedure.
Teamwork can mean almost anything - who hasn''t been baffled by a job application asking you to ''demonstrate teamwork''? It''s safe to say though that any organisation making it onto the shortlist of finalists in these Awards must be displaying teamwork
The Outstanding Contribution category of the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards is very different from all the others: you, our readers, nominate the candidates, and you vote by email for the winner (and none of those shenanigans that other less repu
We were greatly heartened this year to see both a significant increase in the overall quantity and quality of entries to the Awards, reflected in a shortlist of finalists some 50 per cent greater than last year. The judges were also delighted to have
As Gordon Colborn has noted in his commentary, we were slightly disappointed that, again this year, few entries went out of their way to promote the environmental, sustainability or wider Corporate Social Responsibility aspects of their submissions.
A moment's thought will reveal that, despite there being almost 40 shortlisted Finalists in this year's Awards, the Overall winner can only be one of the sectoral group winners. So the judges were faced with seven possibles.
By definition, almost any finalist in these Awards (with the exception of a few purely procurement-oriented organisations) must be fairly good at ''logistics and fulfilment'' - although that is by no means the total supply chain, it is certainly the core
The consumer manufacturing sector (FMCG/CPG) has a curious history over the decade of the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards - we tend to receive a core of good, solid entries, but very often lacking, perhaps, that ''sparkle'' that sets them apart.
Innovation, in the context of the Supply Chain Excellence Awards, isn''t the same thing as invention. Naturally, if an entry does offer something radically new, whether in terms of processes or technology, that would be a good recommendation for this awar
Just how good do you think your supply chain is? Those close to the operation may well have adifferent perception to those external to the organisation. And more often than not, far from management believing they are better than they are, it’s quite lik