In a year of activities to commemorate 150 years in business, John Lewis has another reason to celebrate: the UK’s largest department store retailer has scooped two awards with its logistics automation supplier, KNAPP, at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.
Held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 5 November, the European Supply Chain Excellence (ESCE) Awards recognise outstanding logistics performance in a range of industries and disciplines. John Lewis and KNAPP AG jointly won the categories ‘Retail & E-Tail’ and ‘Warehouse Initiative’.
Both awards recognise the huge success of John Lewis’ omni-channel fulfillment, much of which is performed at the retailer’s Magna Park distribution centre in Milton Keynes using advanced logistics automation systems from KNAPP.
John Lewis has seen phenomenal growth in its direct-to-customer business and, as a result, the company is now investing in a second distribution centre at Magna Park. The new DC, being kitted out by KNAPP, is connected to the existing facility by a link bridge.
The ESCE accolades come hot on the heels of other awards recently for John Lewis – the retailer picked up two prizes at the Hermes Retail Week Supply Chain Awards and one at the CILT Annual Awards for Excellence.
David James, regional drector for KNAPP, who attended the awards with other members of the KNAPP and John Lewis teams, said: We are thrilled to have won these awards together with John Lewis. Since the automated facility at Magna Park was first conceived some seven years ago, we have developed a close working relationship with the logistics team at John Lewis. Their enlightened approach to investment in supply chain automation is making a significant contribution to the success of John Lewis, and it’s very pleasing to see this recognised across the industry.”