Friday, January 30, 2015

Shipping and Forwarding Groups Bask in Success Following Annual BIFA Freight Awards Victories

Logistics Suppliers Delighted to Win in Some Hard Fought Categories
Shipping News Feature

UK – With the voting completed and the celebrations over, jubilant winners from Britain’s shipping and forwarding community of the annual British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) Awards are revelling in their success after proving victorious against some very tough opposition. One group of course had an unfettered run to their own title, the TT Club receiving a very well deserved honorary award in recognition for the Club’s twenty-five year support of the event. Brian Sullivan, TT Club’s Development Director in accepting the award said:

“TT’s long-standing relationship with BIFA is based on a mutual interest in encouraging best practice in the international freight and logistics industry. BIFA’s promotion of a strict code of conduct and the adoption of Standard Trading Conditions by all its Members is very much in line with TT’s advocacy for clear and precise contractual arrangements in the transport of goods internationally. This provides a well defined understanding of liability in the event of loss damage or personal injury.”

The TT Club once more sponsored the European Logistics Award and played its part in selecting the winner from a wide-range of entries. Presenting the Award BIFA’s Event Organiser, Becky Thurtell said:

“We are most grateful to TT Club for its ongoing support of the BIFA Freight Service Awards. The Club have provided sponsorship for one of the competition categories since 1990, making this their 25th year of continued support. It is only with the endorsement of industry leaders such as TT Club, that BIFA is able to produce such a high profile ceremony. On BIFA's behalf, I was delighted to present Brian with a Special Award trophy as a token of appreciation of TT Club's association with our flagship event.”

Victor in that European Logistics Award proved to be Freightex which specialises in managing European, cross-Channel road freight and took the award by demonstrating the company’s ability to utilise technology at the sharp end to change its distribution model so as to provide an optimum solution to the logistics challenges presented by customers. Equally important was the contribution made by the company’s own people, which was significant in the scale of the project. TT Club’s Sullivan, who was part of the judging panel commented:

“Freightex showed strongly the characteristics that are distinguishing successful companies in the sector these days. Innovative IT solutions are employed in a tailored fashion to improve efficiency but critically, the human touch has not been abandoned. In fact an emphasis on stable personal relationships and effective customer service is crucial to such success.”

Freightex staff at the event were delighted by the award prompting Chief Executive Tim Phillips to thank his own staff and offer commiserations to the other losing finalists, saying:

“We are so delighted to win BIFA’s prestigious European Logistics Award. We pride ourselves on responding quickly to difficult challenges faced by our customers and it is nice to be recognised for that ability. The judges really liked our use of technology to provide optimal transport which we are thrilled about. Congratulation to the other finalists, many of whom we know well.”

Another group showing their appreciation at the event were staff of Schenker Limited, the UK arm of the global logistics services provider DB Schenker, which picked up the 2014 BIFA freight service award for Special Services. The strength of the entry submission was based largely around a triumphant year for the company’s Fairs and Events team. Receiving the cut-glass trophy from Financial Journalist & Television Presenter, Naga Munchetty, CEO of Schenker Limited, Helgi Ingolfsson said:

“This award means a great deal to us, especially our Fairs and Events team who worked around the clock and provided innovative logistics solutions for the [Commonwealth Games] Organising Committee as well as their usual first-class service. To be recognised by BIFA for the work we have done is a tremendous accolade.”

Ipswich based Samskip collected one of the most coveted awards, for the Environment category for its development of, and dedication to, its ‘Blue Road’ concept, an innovative logistics solution developed as an alternative to road transport. Using container barges, cargo from the Netherlands can reach the UK within two days. The service has proved so popular that, this year, a substantial increase in capacity is planned.

Allport Cargo Services (ACS) in collaboration with Sainsbury’s, are celebrating winning their 3rd award for the innovative ‘stockless; direct to store origin pick programme’ which earned them this year’s Supply Chain Management title. This is awarded to companies ‘who have provided a customer-focused innovative solution enabling a more efficient and cost-effective management of the supply chain'.

ACS and Sainsbury’s working in partnership devised a strategy that revolutionised the way Sainsbury’s flow general merchandise product into the UK from overseas sourcing locations. The judges chose ACS as category winner for ‘…demonstrating a very innovative approach to … overseas pallet building and container load planning, resulting in its customer seeing significant cost savings and increased productivity’. The award meant a trio of accolades for ACS prompting Clyde Buntrock, ACS Business Development & Marketing Director to say:

“We would like to thank BIFA for their continued hard work supporting our industry and congratulate all winners and nominees this year. Having also received a European Supply Chain Excellence award, and Lloyds Loading List Global Freight Award for Supply Chain Partnerships, here at ACS and right across our network, we are now focused on ensuring our 2015 projects continue to lead the way for the industry and continue to add value to our clients.”

DSV Air & Sea won the Air Freight Award thanks to the work put in by of DSV Fresh, a specialist division launched by Air & Sea in January 2014. The team’s understanding of each commodity and its unique transportation and storage requirements has helped the DSV Fresh activities to grow month on month, starting with around 100 tonnes of exports in January, growing to 150 tonnes in February and March, to over 580 tonnes per month in September. DSV Fresh was assigned a target by the Group Directors to achieve 1 million kilogrammes of exports in 18 months, which the team are set to achieve well ahead of time. Michael Hansen, Managing Director of DSV Air & Sea Ltd commented:

“We’re delighted that the work George [Mead] and the DSV Fresh team has been recognised by the BIFA Awards Judges for the phenomenal success they have achieved this year. This trophy is testament to their hard work and determination to succeed. At DSV Air & Sea, we’re continually looking at new and innovative ways to help ensure we are offering our customers the very best service and value for money. DSV Fresh is a great example of how our specialist services can offer customers a step up from a standard freight service, with complete peace of mind that our teams understand exactly what you need from them.”