AIWA’s parent organisation, UKWA, will hold it’s 13th Annual Awards for Warehousing lunch on Wednesday 4th July in the Ballroom Suite of the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London.
The UKWA/AIWA Awards for Warehousing enjoy a high profile and every AIWA member company is urged to enter. There are nine Awards categories in total and the Technology/ Innovations Award is open to non-members as well as members.
AIWA Members will receive an official entry form through the post soon, but in the meantime, the awards categories are:
• Customer Service Award The judges will be seeking evidence of customer insight and a customer focused culture within the organisation.
• Training Award This award is given for training achievement. It can be awarded to an individual, organisation or jointly to both.
• Technology/ Innovations Award Evidence will be required of a bold and innovative response to the changing market place and could include the introduction of new technology, products, processes or procedures.
• Best New Warehouse Member Award This is a corporate award given to the company showing the highest professional standards of warehousing on joining UKWA.
• Warehouse Manager of the Year Award The judges will be looking for excellent personal and professional qualities.
• Team of the Year Award The award will be won by a company or depot that is able to demonstrate an outstanding team effort during the past year in their warehousing operations.
• Chairman’s Award Awarded by the Chairman to an individual or company who has made a real and lasting contribution to the warehousing industry.
• Environment Award Given to the company that demonstrates the most significant and successful application of ‘Green processes, procedures or monitoring’ during the year.
• Young Employee of the Year A new award open to any employee not in a supervisory or managerial role under the age of 25.
AIWA’s chief executive officer, Roger Williams, comments:”This event has grown year on year and in 2012 we expect to build on the success of the occassion. I strongly urge all members – large and small – to consider entering at least one of the categories.
“We would be particularly pleased to receive entries from AIWA members.”
Last year Expect Distribution collected the Team Of The Year and the Customer Service awards. Operations Director Neil Rushworth was understandably delighted with his company’s success: “I was particularly pleased to win the Customer Service Award as I believe that it demonstrated our commitment to our customers,” he says:
He continues: “We outline clear targets to our employees in what is required with each individual account and we help them to make sure those targets are achieved”
“It was a fantastic achievement to be recognised as the best in the UK, but to do it in two categories was unbelievable. Winning the Awards gave everyone in the company a tremendous boost.”
Also in 2011 Elddis Transport beat off tough competition to win the Environmental Award in recognition for their on-going carbon reduction programmes.
“The award illustrated our on-going commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and impact on the environment,” says the company’s MD Nigel Cook.
Nigel Cook continues: “It is a tremendous honour to win a national award and the prestige that comes with an UKWA Award allows us to send out some very positive messages about our business and the way we operate.”
Toyota Tsusho UK Ltd won the keenly contested Best New UK Member Award in 2011. The company joined UKWA in 2010 and inspector Richard Davies was duly impressed with the extensive range of services the company offers from its purpose built facility at Castle Donnington.
“Winning the Award was marvellous,” says Toyota Tsusho’s logistics manager, Richard Frisby. “The day after the Awards lunch, we got all the team together and gave everyone a pat on the back. It had a tremendously positive motivational effect.”
Another double award winner in 2011 was Century Logistics. The company’s Paul
Wilson collected the Warehouse Manager of the Year Award while Century team supervisor Des Bailey was announced as the Employee of the Year.
“Winning the two Awards has helped raise our profile in the sector considerably,” says Stephen Basey-Fisher, managing director of Century Logistics.
“We have won UKWA Awards in previous years too and now have our collection of winner’s certificates and trophies on display within our company reception. The display always draws interest from visitors to our facility and, of course, the chance to demonstrate that we have achieved such high profile recognition for delivering best practice is extremely useful when we are pitching for new business.”
“The Awards lunch itself is always an excellent day. We make a point of entertaining clients at the event and it is a great opportunity to show them our industry at its very best.”
For further details please contact Jacquie Corderoy on (tel) +44 (0) 207 836 5522.
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