Friday, November 16, 2012

Logistics Group Collects Prestigious Chinese 3PL Supply Chain Award

CHaINA Victories Announced
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CHINA – The Global Supply Chain Council announced the winners of its 2012 CHaINA Awards earlier this month at an awards ceremony in Shanghai with the seventh annual awards recognising the achievements of diverse companies across Asia. The ceremony took place during CHaINA’12 Live, a supply chain and logistics event and honoured a range of third party logistics (3PL) providers, brand owners, IT associated groups and on line retailers.

The selection process for the awards aims to be completely sponsorship-free and is realised by an independent board of senior professionals and advisors to the Council. For the third time, the Council decided to give a voice to its extensive community via an online public voting system, which apparently resulted in over 2,400 unique voters.

Non-asset based supply chain providers Ceva Logistics, received the Best 3PL Supply Chain Provider Award. The company was awarded for its projects related to the solution design and management of reverse logistics for sporting goods company, Adidas, by establishing and managing a processing and distribution centre which handles the pick-up and delivery for Adidas’ customers. This is the second consecutive year that Ceva has been named the winner of the Best 3PL Supply Chain.

The Green Supply Chain Award acknowledged computing giant Dell for ‘Greening its Supply Chain with Bamboo packaging.’ As part of its effort to minimize the environmental footprint of its packaging, Dell seeks creative, renewable, in-region alternatives to traditional packaging. In China the company uses locally sourced bamboo to package products manufactured in the region, hence the recognition by CHaINA.

Online retailers, Vancl won the Best E-Commerce Logistics award for its ‘Self Adaptive Supply Chain System' (SASCS) which enables each of the company’s business departments to functionally build their own supply chain management platform in order to reach targets.

The Best IT Supply Chain Solution Award was given to Delphi and its partner Adage Logistics. In order to enhance its supply chain visibility, the two companies implemented a collaborative logistics operating system (CLOS) platform which unifies the real-time communication of the shipment status information between Delphi’s suppliers, logistics service providers, warehouses, and plants. The CLOS enables Delphi to reduce the transaction management workload and associated labour cost by 18%, helps its logistics providers to realise the benefits of the collaborative transportation management system (TMS) technology, and reduces duplicate system development cost by 35%.

Global online retailer Amazon and its partner Global Logistic Properties (GLP) received the Award for Best Logistics Real Estate Development for the new Xi’an Hi-Tech Park. Strategically located along the Xi-Han expressway, the development serves as a regional distribution centre for retailers, manufacturers and 3PL’s. The construction of the facility only commenced in April 2012 and yet was completed in October.

The Award for Best Supply Chain Consulting Partner went to John Deere and its partner On Point Asia (OPA). OnPoint is helping John Deere’s supplier base through a series of Supplier Improvement Programs.

The Editor’s Choice Award went to Lenovo for demonstrating ‘outstanding supply chain performance’ over the past year. Now making a foray into the smartphone market, the multinational company has also recently announced it will set up a manufacturing facility in the USA.

Winner of the top award, Supply Chain Operational Excellence, was Dell. The award was given for Dell’s Worldwide Procurement Transformation Project (WWP) which has become a company-wide innovation campaign with huge impact. Unlike traditional innovation projects, this one was truly initiated and driven by the Asian Supply Chain function, which has successfully strengthened its own procurement skill, influenced product design and fostered an innovative culture across multiple functions.

Photo: Award winners gather for the end of presentation ceremony.