The world’s online only supermarket, Ocado, has triumphed at The Logistics Awards, winning three awards including the Overall Award winner. The retailer held off stiff competition from this year’s other category winners including John Lewis & Partners and Sainsbury’s.
Ocado also came home with the Warehouse Efficiency Award, sponsored by Voiteq, and Technology Innovation (Large), sponsored by Syft. Sainsbury’s scooped the New Facility award for warehouses over 150,000sq ft, while John Lewis earned the Operations (Large) prize, sponsored by Toyota Material Handling.
The Ocado Smart Platform project, managed by its technology arm Ocado Technology, is vindication of the retailer’s successful strategy to run its proprietary automation system, including at its first-generation automated warehouse in Andover.
The Logistics Awards, into its fifth year running, awarded a special Winner of Winners Award to Clipper with John Lewis & Partners. The Winner of Winners prize recognises the best Overall winner in the previous four editions of the awards as well as this year’s Overall winner Ocado.
Clipper worked with John Lewis on an end-to-end fully-tracked, pre-midday, next-day sortation and delivery service for click-and-collect orders placed online, expanding its service beyond John Lewis, to Waitrose and other retailers.
O’Donovan Waste Disposal (Safety – sponsored by Mentor), Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery (New Facility Under 150,000sq ft), Heineken UK (Innovation – sponsored by Continental Tyres), Miniclipper Logistics (Operations SME – sponsored by Toyota Material Handling), Pallet-Track (Growth – sponsored by Board), WED2B (Technology Innovation SME – sponsored by Syft), scooped the other key awards on the evening.
Meanwhile, Ruth Waring from Labyrinth Logistics Consulting picked up the Logistics 100 award through her admirable work as founder of Women in Logistics. Forth Ports (Corporate Social Responsibility), Mitie with CitySprint (Environment/Sustainability – sponsored by Calor), Pallet-Track (Growth – sponsored by Board) and Vantec Europe (Future Skills), all triumphed early on in the evening.
Salvation Army Trading Company (Environment/Sustainability), Euro Car Parts (Future Skills), Superdry with Clipper (Innovation), Honda (Operations Large) and Jersey Post (Technology Innovation SME) were awarded Highly Commended.
Held on September 20 at the historic venue of The Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, this year’s sold out The Logistics Awards saw a record number of entries submitted, consisting of some of the best logistics projects over the past 12 months. Next year’s event promises to be its biggest edition yet, and will be held during the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX 2019), next September.
The category winners were:
• Corporate Social Responsibility: Forth Ports
• Future Skills: Vantec Europe
• Innovation: Heineken UK
• New Facility (over 150,000sq ft): Sainsbury’s Supermarkets
• Operations (Large): John Lewis & Partners
• Safety: O'Donovan Waste Disposal
• Technology Innovation (SME): WED2B
• Environment / Sustainability: Mitie with CitySprint
• Growth: Pallet-Track
• Logistics 100: Ruth Waring
• New Facility (under 150,000sq ft): Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
• Operations (SME): Miniclipper Logistics
• Technology Innovation (Large): Ocado
• Warehouse Efficiency: Ocado
• Winner of Winners: Clipper Logistics with John Lewis & Partners
• Editor’s Choice: Silentnight
• Overall: Ocado