Spar UK and multi-temperature supply chain specialist, Oakland International, have taken home the Environmental Contribution Award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards in the category of Contribution to Environmental Improvement: Climate Change.
They were presented with the award in a ceremony held at the London Hilton Park Lane on 6 November 2012.
Spar UK and Oakland International have been working together on this hugely effective innovation for three years. The project has reduced Spar’s overall carbon footprint, whilst helped improve freshness and availability of store product, as well as reducing wastage.
Vinesh Patel, Spar UK supply chain controller, said: “In the three years since we launched our consolidation scheme, we have been able to deliver exceptional environmental results in areas such as improving freshness and availability of product, as well as a reduction in waste and the amount of vehicles going into depots.”
An award winning partnership, the scheme demonstrates carbon reduction is achievable through improved supply chain efficiencies, whilst delivering reduced wastage as well as helping lead the way in sustainability.
Taking a forward looking approach throughout the supply chain, Spar central office, RDCs, retailers and suppliers and Oakland International, have seen how the scheme has lead to considerable carbon reduction together with a significant reduction in road miles via an efficient and sustainable supply chain.
Dean Attwell, Oakland International managing director, said: “Winning the Contribution to Environmental Improvement award is huge, and at such a prestigious event. It demonstrates the effectiveness of collaborations of this kind, with Oakland International and Spar UK making a fantastic team, both companies are committed to continuing to reduce their carbon footprint.
“Ongoing collaborative renewable innovations will continue to help deliver even more sustainable and proficient supply chain initiatives, as we maintain our provision of an environmentally beneficial service for end retailers, suppliers and in-store customers.”
Category finalists included Highland Spring with The Russell Group, Marks & Spencer with Damco UK Ltd, NHS Supply Chain, PHS Datashred, Speedy Services, Vodafone.