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Finalists of Supply Chain Management Awards announced

Finalists of Supply Chain Management Awards announced

Adidas, Airbus, Covestro, and Gries Deco enter the final round of the Supply Chain Management Awards 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on September 26, 2017, at “EXCHAiNGE – the Supply Chainers’ Conference” in Frankfurt am Main.

Four companies have cleared the first hurdle. Adidas, Airbus, Covestro, and Gries Deco will now go before the jury convening for the final round of the Supply Chain Management Awards at the EXCHAiNGE conference. In addition to the jury of experts from the worlds of business, research, consulting, and journalism, the roughly 200 industry professionals in attendance will also have the opportunity to cast their votes live in the House of Logistics & Mobility (HOLM) on September 26, 2017. This will be followed by a gala awards ceremony in the evening.  The Supply Chain Management Award is presented by Strategy&, the global strategy consulting team at PwC, and the industry trade journal Logistik Heute.

Presiding over this year’s award ceremony is Dorothee Bär (CSU), Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and Government Coordinator for Freight Transport and Logistics. Since 2006, the prestigious award has honoured outstanding solutions in industrial value chains and the companies that exhibit perseverance or creativity in optimising their supply chain. The jury considers the core criteria of strategy, sophistication of the processes, organisation, performance management, and collaboration, while also taking into account change management and proven results as well as modern supply chain attributes such as sustainability, architecture, digitization, and Industry 4.0.

A closer look at the finalists
Adidas is a sporting goods giant based in Herzogenaurach (Germany) with over 60,000 employees, revenues of €19 billion, and some 850 million products manufactured and distributed in 2016 with its core brands of adidas and Reebok. Maintaining and expanding direct consumer relationships through the steady growth of e-commerce was instrumental to this success, motivating the company to further optimize its logistics and distribution network. Adidas achieved this by implementing a cross-functional organization, defining a global distribution network strategy, developing a global project management organization, and cultivating a more flexible distribution network. The company significantly optimized its inventory turnover by standardizing its processes and systems and increasing the use of automation solutions.
Airbus is a leading global enterprise for aerospace and related services with 134,000 employees and revenues of € 67 billion in 2016. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners in the 100 to 600+ seating capacity range. Airbus is also Europe’s leading provider of tanker, combat, transport, and mission aircraft and one of the world’s leading space companies. The introduction of the Full Service Provider Concept at the Donauwörth pilot site greatly simplified the procurement and logistics processes and transferred pre-production processes to external business partners. This allowed the manufacturing departments to focus on their core business – airplane and helicopter production. The concept is based on a close and integrated collaboration with internal and external partners.  Covestro
AG, a leading global polymer manufacturer that operated as Bayer MaterialScience until 2015, serves a diverse customer base focused in the automotive/transport, construction, wood/furniture, and electrical/electronics industries.

The chemical specialist, based in Leverkusen, has 15,600 employees and generated revenues of some € 12 billion in 2016. Covestro applied for this year’s Supply Chain Management Award with its global program to standardize and optimize the supply chain based on the principles of lean management and continuous improvement. Employee training and systematic tracking of key performance indicators significantly enhanced supply chain performance and achieved financial savings in recent years.

Gries Deco Company GmbH, a retailer based in Niedernberg near Aschaffenburg, operates a branch network for home accessories and small furniture under the brand name DEPOT. The company currently employs over 7,500 people in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and generates some € 575 million in annual revenues. Gries Deco’s digital supply chain solution consolidated the movements of goods across borders without losing preferences. One of the primary hubs for this solution is the company’s highly digitised distribution centre for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A cross-border cloud solution reduced inventories and operating costs and greatly enhanced material flow transparency.

“The ideas that were submitted illustrate that supply chain skills are seen as mission-critical for adding value and achieving success,” remarks Harald Geimer, managing director at PwC Strategy & Germany.

Last year’s winner The Supply Chain Management Award 2016 went to PERI, the Bavarian formwork and scaffolding specialist with operations around the world, for its “Closed Loop Supply Chain” concept. 

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