THE LOGISTICS MIDDLE EAST AWARDS CATEGORIES EXPLAINED
Express Logistics Company of the Year
Awarded to the service provider that has delivered a portfolio of market-leading solutions within the Middle East’s express logistics sector over the past 12 months. Companies are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance in the field of express logistics, including network coverage, volumes transported, customer service, worldclass facilities and a broad range of delivery options. Examples of market innovation and regional investment will be taken into account.
Corporate Social Responsibility of the Year
Awarded to the organisation that has taken responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment in all aspects of their operations.
Technology Implementation of the Year
Logistics relies on technology, automation and equipment, this award recognises the companies deploying the advanced software and hardware solutions that make seamless warehouse and fleet management possible.
Supply Chain Hub of the Year
This year we have consolidated Port of the Year and Logistics Hub of the Year into one category recognising the contribution of the Middle East’s various ports and freezones in providing a convenient base in terms of services and regulation from which logistics giants are able to operate. This award recognises the ports and freezones going the extra mile in facilitating business start-up and operation.
FMCG Supply Chain Manager of the Year
The Middle East imports more than 80% of its food, as such as the food and beverage sector is the largest in the logistics industry, while fast moving consumer goods as a whole make up the bulk of imported cargo. This category recognises the end-users, such as super markets, and the 3PLs, that operate seamless supply chains to get fresh produce into the region year-round. Entries will be judged not on scope of operations, but on the procedures, training and technology deployed to ensure a safe and efficient cold chain.
Retail Supply Chain of the Year
Many of the biggest names in online and brick-and-mortar retail in the region are home-grown while others are aggressively expanding in the region. They have particular challenges associated with getting bulky and odd-sized products, as well as time sensitive fashion trends to market and this category will recognise those that are finding new ways to increase speed to market, while limiting costs.
Energy Supply Chain Manager of the Year
Oil and gas logistics and chemical logistics remain the backbone of the economy in the Middle East. This category will recognise the feat associated with transporting and storing volatile cargo in bulk and is open to oil majors and oil and gas logistics partners. This award is more concerned with innovation and commitment
to excellence than total volume or market share.
Air Cargo Operator of the Year
Air cargo a decade ago was a simple A to B service with few value-added services. Now, it has become an industry unto itself, with specialisation by vertical and strict regulations regarding the handling of different types of cargoes. Despite this, increased safety and transparency, improved product quality and faster processing of cross-border shipments remain key challenges. This award recognises the air freight operators going out of their way to address these issues.
Breakbulk Operator of the Year
According to a 2018 report by Mena Research Partners, there are US $2.6-trillion worth of active construction projects across the GCC, with the majority of investment taking place in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, where major infrastructure projects are ongoing as part of the UAE Vision 2021 and Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the national economies. These major infrastructure and general construction projects require world-class breakbulk partners. This award recognises those breakbulk logistics providers rising to the challenge.
MHE Supplier of the Year
Material handling equipment, from racking and WMS installations to warehouse doors and forklifts, are the backbone of any warehouse. As warehouse operators seek to achieve greater levels of volume density, picking speed and overall dynamism from their warehouses, MHE providers are being called upon to meet this challenge. This award recognises those MHE specialists going above and beyond in meeting their customers’ needs.
Bespoke Logistics Project of the Year
This award recognises those one-off, unique projects that do not fall neatly into any of the categories above, whether it be moving several tons of flowers via the Middle East in a zeppelin or flying six dozen falcons aboard a chartered airliner. 3PLs and end-users that have organised or handled the logistics for such projects, or major events from the Dubai Boat Show or the Abu Dhabi F1 to the Dubai World Cup are welcome to enter.
Logistics Executive of the Year
Our Logistics Executive of the Year Award recognises a single individual who, over the course of a long and illustrious career, has contributed consistently to the advancement of logistics and supply chain operations in the region.
L’Oreal won Retail Supply Chain Manager of the Year.