Logistics Achiever Awards

The Objectives of the Logistics Achiever Awards are as follows:

To recognise professionalism and excellence in the effective application of strategic, tactical, and operational logistics and supply chain management principles, concepts, and practices in Southern Africa.

To encourage all companies and organisations in Southern Africa to review, evaluate and upgrade their current logistics and supply chain management practices.

To create a greater awareness and understanding of the value of effective logistics and supply chain management.

For the purposes of the Achiever Awards, the definition for supply chain management of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) shall apply:

Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all Logistics Management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers. In essence, Supply Chain Management integrates supply and demand management within and across companies.

Supply Chain Management is an integrating function with primary responsibility for linking major business functions and business processes within and across companies into a cohesive and high-performing business model. It includes all of the Logistics Management activities noted above, as well as manufacturing operations, and it drives coordination of processes and activities with and across marketing, sales, product design, finance and information technology.

And the definition for logistics management of the CSCMP shall apply:

Logistics Management is that part of Supply Chain Management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements.

Logistics Management activities typically include inbound and outbound transportation management, fleet management, warehousing, materials handling, order fulfilment, logistics network design, inventory management, supply/demand planning, and management of third party logistics services providers. To varying degrees, the logistics function also includes sourcing and procurement, production planning and scheduling, packaging and assembly, and customer service. It is involved in all levels of planning and execution - strategic, operational and tactical. Logistics Management is an integrating function, which coordinates and optimizes all logistics activities, as well as integrates logistics activities with other functions including marketing, sales manufacturing, finance and information technology.

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The Competition Rules are as follows:

  • Competing companies are required to submit an official competition entry, as called for in this document.
  • Companies can submit as many entries as they see fit, provided that each entry is independent of one another.
  • If the company wishing to enter is a supplier of a product or service, the ideal is to have it as a joint entry by the supplier and one of their clients, or alternatively, an entry by the user of the product or service to allow verification of results. The exact nature of the entry relationship must be stated at the outset. The Judges may disqualify at their discretion entries with undue, improper, or untested promotional claims.
  • The Judging Panel includes nominated representatives of the various professional institutes, vocational societies and trade or industry associations involved in logistics and supply chain management in Southern Africa. Currently, these bodies consist of:
    1. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (South Africa) (CILTSA)
    2. Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
    3. SA Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
    4. Consumer Goods Council SA (CGCSA)
    5. Road Freight Association (RFA)
    6. SA Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)
    7. SA Express Parcel Association (SAEPA)
    8. SA Institute of Industrial Engineers (SAIIE)
    9. Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa (SAPICS)
    10. Supply Chain Council (SCC)
    11. Theory of Constraints International Certification Organisation (TOCICO)

The organisers reserve the right to invite other representative organisations onto the Judging Panel, or industry representatives as and when they see fit.

  • Companies are required to be interviewed by nominated Judges, and make available to them, the site(s) in question, and information/records substantiating the declared improvement in logistics and supply chain management performance. All Judges will sign a confidentiality agreement with Logistics News, and can, if required, sign a confidentiality agreement with the individual entering companies, provided such documents are available for signing at the time of their scheduled visit. All potential conflicts of interest will be avoided wherever they are known to exist.

    Due to the tight schedule of the judging process, companies are requested to make every effort to accommodate judge visits as soon as possible after they contact you.
  • Short listed entrants will be required to attend the black tie Achiever Awards ceremony to be held October 2017, for which there will be a charge of approximately R10000.00 for a table of 10 guests.
  • The entries could be categorised at the discretion of the Judges to allow meaningful comparison with other entries in the same economic sector, company size or focus area.

    Winning projects will be presented in a special Case Study Annual (subject to editorial review by the entering company).

    Winners may also be required to present their projects at an annual industry seminar organised by Logistics News which has first rights in this regard.
    After the Logistics News seminar, winners may present at other industry events
  • The selection of the winners will be at the sole discretion of the Judges, and their decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Please ensure that you have read, understood and accepted the competition rules.

If you are completing the online entry form you will be emailed a form to confirm your entry which must be completed, signed and faxed back to us.

If you are downloading the entry form appropriate space is allowed for your signature of confirmation.

The Achiever Award judging process will operate as follows:

Step One:

Log on to www.logisticsachieverawards.co.za to submit your completed Entry Form as soon as possible, in order for your entry to be logged onto the Entry Schedule and to ensure that you are kept informed of all activities relating to the 2014 competition

At this stage you could be contacted by one of the judges for an initial assessment of your entry.

Should you have any problems or questions, please contact the Custodian of LAA Dianne Holton at dianne@logisticsnews.co.za

Step Two:

The ENTRY TEMPLATE, plus any supporting documentation which you deem necessary to be submitted via the internet site by latest May 28 2015.

Step Three:

Either the Chairman, or another member of the Judging Panel will contact you to arrange a site visit (First Cycle) at a suitably convenient time for the group of Judges.

On this visit, you will be expected to elaborate on your Entry Template details, demonstrate what you have undertaken with respect to your entry, and answer any questions that the Judges may feel appropriate to your entry.

A visit will take between 2 - 4 hours depending on the nature of the entry. You are welcome to include whomever you want in your presentation team, but please ensure that you address the core issues relating to your entry, and leave sufficient time for questions and a site tour.

It is more difficult to co-ordinate site visits for non-Gauteng entries, due to the travel arrangements required, so please try to be as flexible on the timing arrangements for these as possible.

Sample Score Sheets are available to enable you to be aware of what the Judges are looking for. Should you have any questions during the visit, please do not hesitate to raise them during the Judge’s visit.

Please note that, due to the fairly tight deadlines involved in the competition, these visits cannot be delayed indefinitely without jeopardising your chances.

The Judges will be signing a confidentiality agreement with Logistics News regarding all information supplied to them in respect of their judging role in this competition. Should you wish the Judges to sign your own company confidentiality agreement, please have it ready and waiting at the time of the visit for signing.

As this is essentially a fact finding visit, no feedback relating to the entries status in the competition will be provided. Any comments made by the Judges will be based on their personal opinions only.

Step Four:

In order to expose a sufficient number of Judges to your entry, short listed entrants will be required to present to the Judging Panel in Johannesburg during August (dates to be advised) Each entrant will be allowed approximately 30 minutes for this presentation and 15 minutes for questions and discussion

Step Five:

Short-listed companies or all finalists may be called by a representative of Logistics News to arrange for photographs to be taken. These may be used at the Banquet as an introduction to your entry.

Step Six:

You will be required to attend the black tie Achiever Awards Ceremony to be held in October for which there will be a charge of approximately R10 000.00 for a table of 10 guests.

All the winners will be announced, along with the presentation of Awards at this event