Friday, October 26, 2012

Logistics and Transport Awards Go to Cross Section of Freight Industry Stakeholders

Annual CILT Excellence Titles Awarded
Shipping News Feature

UK – Last week saw the presentation of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Annual Awards of Excellence 2012, held at the Hotel Grosvenor Square in London. More than a dozen awards relevant to the freight industry were handed out with stiff competition in all of the categories. A full list of winners and runners up is available on the CILT website.

The Logistics Best Practice sponsored by Unipart Logistics went to BSH Home Appliances Limited & Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd for achieving a sustained improvement in a customer facing supply chain over several years to achieve a truly "world class" service level and cost performance. The Warehouse and Materials Handling title sponsored by Hutchison Logistics (UK) was awarded to Jungheinrich for a bespoke solution to the handling of the delicate wines and spirits imported by Matthew Clarke into the premises of the Bristol Port Co. and included refinements such as fork mounted cameras to aid operators.

DHL Supply Chain in partnership with Marks & Spencer picked up an honour for the Norbert Dentressangle sponsored Supply Chain Collaboration crown whilst Safety sponsored by Yusen Logistics was taken by TNT Express Services UK & Ireland partly due to the group’s 5 star internal safety auditing which has reduced accidents throughout the company.

PD Ports Group won the Development of People presented by a representative from sponsors GKN Freight to David Robinson, Chief Executive of PD Ports Group. Robinson said:

“To win this prestigious award is a real honour. We pride ourselves on our Group wide training and development programmes, so are delighted that our efforts are being recognised by such a well respected organisation. The programmes we have implemented over the last few years are designed to provide employment opportunities to the Teesside community, give everyone in the organisation the opportunity to develop and progress within the company and ensure our team have the tools they need to offer our customers the industry leading services they require.”

In the past 10 years, PD Ports says it has invested over £4 million in training and development programmes, including apprenticeship, graduate, H&S and back to work schemes. Currently, 926 of 1250 employees working for PD Ports are undertaking some form of training and development, this equates to 74% of PD Ports current workforce.

Photo: Jungheinrich’s use of technology helped them to the Warehouse and Materials Handling title.