Toyota Material Handling UK is now the official sponsor of the SHD Logistics Award categories 'Operations Large' and 'Operations SME' in 2015. We ask Tony Wallis, sales and marketing director at the company, why it's so important to support this industry event in its second year?
SHD: Why has Toyota Material Handling UK decided to support the SHD Logistics Awards in 2015?
Tony Wallis: The SHD Logistics awards are a great opportunity for Toyota to support and celebrate excellence in the supply chain industry, no matter what size of company. The previous awards were a great event and attracted leading companies in the industry and we were proud to be a part of it. It provided a great opportunity for people to network and share knowledge, and we believe this will be further enhanced this time with the introduction of the SHD Logistics Conference. Sharing knowledge is important for our industry to thrive and we wanted to be part of that process.
SHD: Why is it important to recognise operational excellence in SME companies within the logistics sector?
Tony Wallis: SME’s are vital to the UK economy and are essential to our economic growth. But as importantly due to their nature and size SME’s have the ability to be incredibly responsive, innovative and develop great skills through their people. By recognising their excellence we can all learn from their experiences and show their important contribution to our industry. We should also remember that SME’s are the large operations of tomorrow, and we should do all we can to support them.
SHD: Why must large operations be flexible and future proof?
Tony Wallis: It is important for all companies, large or small to be flexible and be able to adapt to the changing marketplace. It is possible for an operation to be future-proof, but only through flexibility with process and people can they face the new challenges. What we all need to do is to have a team and a culture that encourages a willingness to change. At Toyota, Kaizen or continuous improvement is at the heart of everything we do. We encourage all our team members, whether they be from sales, service or support functions, to continually challenge what they do and look for better ways of doing things. A common theme that is present from all innovative and successful organisations, including those who participate in the SHD logistics awards is that willingness to change and continually improve how and what they do.
Are you interested in entering the SHD Logistics Awards in 2015? Register your interest here.