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Saluting the best of the UK’s logistics industry

10 July 2017

Companies and individuals across the warehousing and third party logistics sectors were recently rewarded for outstanding performance and professionalism at the UKWA Awards 2017.

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association’s Awards are established as symbols of achievement in the 3PL sector and emphasise the importance of logistics within today’s economy and this year UKWA received a record number of entries in all categories.

A total of 10 UKWA Awards were presented by the event’s celebrity host, Gerald Ratner. The winners were:

•  Best New UKWA Member of the Year

Winner: Dalepak Ltd

This is a corporate award given to the company showing the highest professional standards of warehousing on joining UKWA and this year it went to Dalepak Ltd.

Dalepak is an omni-channel fulfilment specialist and one of the UK’s top ten 3PL providers with 25 years’ of experience providing tailored service solutions.

Based in Northampton within the distribution “golden triangle” of the UK, Dalepak fulfils over 4.3m orders and handles over 186m units each year.

•  Junior Manager of the Year

Winner: Jamie Cash, Century Logistics

This year, the judges decided that Jamie Cash, Operations Manager at Century Logistics Ltd, demonstrated the outstanding personal and professional qualities and leadership potential they were looking for.

Stephen Basey-Fisher, managing director of Century Logistics, said of Jamie: “Jamie takes a very structured approach to his work, always looking for new and better ways to improve processes and support his team. On top of all this, Jamie is a very pleasant young man, highly thought of by his team, our customers and the management team of Century.”

•  Warehouse Manager of the Year

Winner: Daniel Earp, Boughey Distribution

The judges were seeking an individual with excellent personal and professional qualities and Daniel Earp from Boughey Distribution fitted the bill.

Daniel was nominated by Boughey’s MD, Keith Forster, who said: “Optimising use of operational resource has been the hallmark of Danny’s leadership, but it is his holistic approach to operations that has brought the most tangible benefits to Boughey’s wider business performance. I have watched Danny meet every challenge he has faced head on. His initiative and drive are the reasons why he is succeeding.”

•  Environment Award

Winner: Walker Logistics Ltd

The Award to the company that demonstrates the most significant and successful application of ‘Green processes, procedures or monitoring’ during the year went to Walker Logistics Ltd. 

The judges were impressed by a number of green initiatives undertaken by Walker, which included dramatically cutting the amount of waste packaging generated by its clients’ supply chains by turning in-bound transit packaging waste into protective void-fill material that is then used to protect outgoing orders. 

•  Award for Technical Innovation

Winner: SEC Storage with International Logistics Group

SEC Storage collected this year’s UKWA Technology and Innovation Award for a bespoke storage solution it designed and installed at UKWA member International Logistics Group Ltd’s new distribution centre. The system, which provides over 1,000 picking locations, has helped ILG to optimise picking efficiency and provide a service for their clients which meets the increasingly high expectations of online customers.

•  Training Award

Winner: Century Logistics Ltd

This award is given for training achievement and can be awarded to an individual, organisation or jointly to both.    

Century Logistics impressed the judges with their “Project Accelerate” development programme, which aims to provide accredited training for 90% of the company’s employees by the end of 2018. 

Project Accelerate is led by Century’s Development Director Ann Basey-Fisher who has established a competency structure set against business and departmental objectives.  This development strategy advocates structure, promoting stability and confidence to not only Century employees but also to their customers. By recognising current employee skills levels, Century can identify skills gaps within the workforce and create training programmes suitable for all employees.   

•  Young Employee of the Year

Winner: Scott McCutcheon, Bullet Express

This award was open to any employee not in a supervisory or managerial role under the age of 25 and was won by Scott McCutcheon of Bullet Express.

Scott joined Bullet Express from school at the age of 17 as a telesales executive.

His passion for and understanding of IT did not go unnoticed and when Bullet moved to a new 200,000 sq ft site, Scott was given the job of managing the software system used to map 21,000 pallet spaces, label the entire warehouse and integrate Wi-Fi and hand held scanners. 

Scott’s line manager says: “Scott’s communication skills are superb and his overall knowledge of the Bullet system is second to none: he knows the small pitfalls and what to look out for to avoid the disaster of wrongly selected or delivered freight.”

•  Customer Service Award

Winner: Maxim Logistics

The judges sought evidence of customer insight and a customer-focused culture within an organisation and were most impressed with Maxim Logistics’ entry.

Maxim Logistics manages the requirements of small, medium and large clients with consistently high service levels and performance is tracked through regular KPI data review meetings. 

The company’s most recent set of performance statistics make impressive reading. For example, ‘justified complaints’ are at 0.08% against a target of 0.15%; ‘warehouse damage’ is 0.046% against a target of 0.5%; and ‘service levels’ are 99.5% against a target of 98.35%

•  Warehouse Company of the Year

Winner: International Logistics Group

This is a corporate award given to the company showing the highest professional standards of warehousing on joining UKWA and this year it went to International Logistics Group.

Founded in 1990, International Logistics Group (ILG) has grown to become a market leader in fulfilmentwarehousing and logistics services.  

The company employs 185 people across seven facilities in West Sussex and serves around 120 clients – predominantly in the fashion, beauty and e-commerce sectors. 

ILG opened three new facilities in 2015/16, while a new flagship site opened in 2017 to provide another 44,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space. 

Chairman’s Award

Winner: Steve Granite, Think Logistics

The UKWA Chairman presents this Award to an individual or company who has made a real and lasting contribution to the logistics industry.  UKWA Chairman, Tony Mohan, chose Steve Granite, founder of ‘Think Logistics’ as this year’s recipient. 

“Steve Granite joined the logistics industry at the age of 15 and progressed from a role as a trainee accountant to become managing director of Abbey Logistics by the age of 29,” said Tony Mohan.

He continued: “Concerned by the shortage of young people joining the logistics industry, and conscious that Abbey Logistics would suffer if the situation remained unchanged, in 2002 Steve created ‘Think Logistics’.

‘Think Logistics’ involves experts who work in the logistics sector visiting a school or college to educate 16-19 year old students about the logistics industry and the career opportunities that it offers.

“So far, nine ‘Think Logistics’ centres have been established, while some 4000 volunteers visit more than 250 schools and colleges to promote logistics industry careers to thousands of students every year.

“Plans to open another six ‘Think Logistics’ centres this year are well advanced, and it is Steve’s aim to have 50 such centres up and running by the end of the 2018/9 academic year.

“Steve Granite is a fine example of all that is good about our industry, and it is fitting that we can recognise his successful career and contribution to logistics with this Award.”

UKWA CEO, Peter Ward, commented:  “UKWA’s Awards go from strength to strength and the high number and quality of the entries we received underlines the professionalism that runs through the modern logistics industry.”

Over 450 United Kingdom Warehousing Association members and their guests, together with suppliers to the warehousing industry and several leading names from the retail sector, attended the lunch event, which took place at London’s Dorchester Hotel in July.

 
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