THE LO­GIS­TICS MID­DLE EAST AWARDS CAT­E­GORIES EX­PLAINED

Logistics Middle East - - AWARDS -

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.

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