Friday, November 29, 2013

Freight and Logistics, Road Haulage and Container Shipping, Environment, IT and Supply Chain…

...There's an Award Out There for Everyone at This Time of the Year
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – ‘tis the season to be Jolly, well as far as slaps on the back are concerned and awards all around this month as companies throughout the world of freight and shipping claim their pre-Christmas accolades from various events. Top spot goes to Unipart Logistics which picked up trio of acknowledgements including the Automotive Division’s success at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards on November 6 when collecting both Automotive, Aerospace & Defence Award and the Overall Winner prize, followed a week later by the ‘Aftermarket Parts Logistics’ trophy at the Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards on November 12.

Unipart picked up the European awards for its work alongside Jaguar cars and at the core of the aftermarket operation is a Global Control Centre. By integrating supply chain functions, the Global Control Centre ensures total alignment of processes and encourages collaboration between supply chain partners. The dashboards present supply chain information in a standardised view and allow all data to be interrogated down to part number level. The impact on customer service has been significant with availability consistently above 98%.

Sjoerd van Loon, CEO of logistics company IJS Global has been announced as the first ever winner of the Martin Schröder Award. He received the trophy from the founder of Martinair – after who the trophy is named – at the Dutch National Air Cargo Awards held in Amsterdam on November 28. This new award was established to honour individuals who have distinguished themselves in the Dutch air cargo sector and is designed to be given to those individuals or companies who have shown particular entrepreneurial qualities.

The jury determined that van Loon had shown leadership across a number of fields and had given a strong impulse to the success of the Schiphol marketplace and stated that it saw him as a pioneer in the Dutch air cargo sector. During a career spanning more than four decades the citation said that his entrepreneurship, pioneering spirit and dialogue had stood out.

GAC collected the Lloyd’s List Asia Award in recognition of its commitment to delivering high quality logistics services throughout Asia Pacific, at a ceremony held at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore. The Award acknowledged GAC’s track record in successfully delivering a wide range of logistics services, from complex project and heavy lift logistics through to the end-to-end management of supply chains, whilst also showing a firm commitment to further developing infrastructure and expertise in its operations.

French container line CMA CGM collected the Environment award, sponsored by Allseas Global Logistics, at the annual Global Freight Awards in London. This award was fiercely contested and commendations were given to runners up Emirates Airlines and the Port of Long Beach. Rival Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) collected the Container Line of the Year award. At the same event Tuscor Lloyds picked another sought after trophy, the award for Project/Heavylift Forwarder of the Year.

In Romania, Ceva Logistics was awarded the Win-Win Collaboration and Best Logistics and Operational Excellence awards by ARILOG, a logistics industry body. ARILOG’s awards are the most prestigious and largest awards for supply chain industry in Romania and were established by the professional and educational organisation dedicated to promoting and developing the Romanian logistics and supply chain industry.

The award for Best Logistics and Operational Excellence was given following a partnership which Ceva embarked on in 2007 with Vodaphone and the Win-Win Logistics trophy for the freight company’s collaboration with tyre maker Pirelli. For this project Ceva has introduced warehousing solutions to provide services 24/7 for two different production flows, four different outbound flows, and remote management of external warehouses, all supported by an integrated IT system.

Logistics experts Palletways have beaten international communications giants to be awarded the prestigious Business IT Innovation of the Year Award, a high-profile national accolade which recognises excellence in Information Technology. The Award, presented at the annual BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards, acknowledges new hardware or software products that make the biggest contribution to business technology or to IT in general. Other organisations shortlisted for the award include Virgin Media, BT and Telefonica UK.

The success follows two significant IT breakthroughs made by Palletways, a Palletways Operations in Real Time (P.O.R.T.) web portal has been developed to provide management, employees, over 300 Network Members across Europe and customers with a single point of access for all services in real time, 24/7/365. Secondly, and inspired by an architectural surveyor using a high definition camera to survey the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palletways Archway Scanning System (P.A.S.S.) uses a network of scanners and HD cameras to scan and photograph every vehicle and each individual pallet on Palletways sites. This provides full visibility of all vehicles and the status, location and physical condition of every individual pallet. 

DHL won the eyefortransport European 3PL Awards 2013 in three out of ten different categories. According to a vote of European third-party logistics customers DHL was chosen best logistics service provider for the industry sectors Automotive, Hi-Tech & Electronics as well as Pharma/ Life Sciences/ Healthcare. The awards were handed over at a reception ceremony during the 11th European 3PL Summit hosted November 12-14 in Amsterdam.

Earlier in November, DHL was recognised by leading global multi-industrial company Johnson Controls. During the fourth annual Supplier Excellence Recognition awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Alex Molinaroli, chief executive officer of Johnson Controls, honoured DHL Freight under the category ‘Customer satisfaction’ for a supply chain transformation project in Europe that was managed by the DHL Freight team in Hanover.

At the 2013 Supply Chain Asia Awards gala event held in Hong Kong, Kuehne + Nagel was presented the Green Supply Chain Award for the second time. K + N has implemented a strong environmental policy which is strictly adhered to along the entire supply chain including all modes of transport and interfaces. Transparent and certified standards are integrated key pillars of the company’s QSHE (Quality, Safety & Health, Environment, Security) management systems and carbon management is seen as a cornerstone of the company’s sustainable policies.

Featuring on the front cover of haulage trade magazine ‘Commercial Motor’ this month and subject of a four page feature within the magazine is Scotland’s Top Chilled Distribution Company 2014, Highlands and Islands specialists D R Macleod Ltd. Nominated by industry peers, the company received the trophy at the annual awards ceremony in Glasgow recently. Started in 1981 with one lorry and DR driving, the company is now in its 33rd year and operates 55 large commercial vehicles, plus around 90 trailers, supplemented with approximately a dozen smaller vans for local deliveries; and employs over 100 people throughout the Western Isles, Inverness, Skye and Glasgow, making the island-based business a nationwide company.

ECS Group is celebrating winning its fifth ‘Best General Sales & Service Agent of the Year Award’ in the last two years. In 2012, ECS also won the Air Cargo News ‘GSSA of the Year’ award, presented in London, and the best GSSA prize at last year’s Air Cargo China awards in Shanghai. It was also voted ‘GSSA of the Year’ in the last two Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards, presented in 2013 and 2011 at the Air Cargo Europe events in Munich.

Old Dominion Freight Line won a 2013 Mastio Quality Award, naming the company No. 1 national LTL (less-than-truckload) carrier. This is the fourth consecutive year Old Dominion has topped the Mastio & Company's Value and Loyalty Benchmarking Study. Old Dominion is the only LTL carrier in the history of this prestigious annual ranking to top the list four years in a row.

Photo: Mike Varnom (2nd from Left) Managing Director of Unipart Logistics collects the Overall Winner trophy at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards