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MICO, Safexpress, TCI, winners at Supply Chain Mgmnt Awards Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Friday, 21 September 2007
Chennai: MICO emerged the winner at the Supply Chain Management Awards in the category of organisations using Supply Chain services, while Safexpress and TCI won awards in the category of organisations providing Supply Chain services. The awards were hosted by the CII Institute of Logistics in association with India Value Fund on the 19th of September 2007 in Chennai. The awards were presented on by Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Industries, Sri Ashwani Kumar who also inaugurated the Logistics Summit 2007.

Present at the event, Mr. H. R. Srinivasan, Chairman-CII Logistics Summit 2007 said, "The SCM awards instituted by us for the first time in association with India Value Fund (IVF) received an excellent response from the logistics industry. The short-listed companies displayed remarkable innovations in Supply Chain Management and we are delighted to recognize and promote them in a larger arena."

He added, "We hope that these logistical advances are incorporated into the best practices of the industry and improve the overall quality of services provided."

The winner in the supply chain user category for bulk and industrial goods, MICO's innovation had a sharp focus on leveraging the synergy between inbound and outbound logistics, therby increasing service levels to their industrial customers and improving service levels to their own manufacturing units as well.  

In the service providers knowledge service category, TCI was given an award for planning and providing solutions to one of their key customers needing transportation for earth moving equipment. They used an innovative combination of road and rail with an appropriate distribution network.

In the service providers physical services category, Safexpress emerged the winner for their tremendous innovation and sagacity in understanding the regulatory challenges that road movement across India creates. They went into pain staking detail to play their service offer in a manner that would recognize such challenges and yet provide high service levels to their customers. The jury felt that their was indeed a service offer set in the Indian paradigm.

Mr. George Thomas, Partner, India Value Fund said, "IVF is extremely proud to be associated with CII in this endeavour to raise awareness of issues in the Logistics industry through the awards. We at IVF feel that this sector is vital to India's economic growth and we are committed to further developing it."

He added, "While we congratulate the winners in all categories, we hope that these awards further encourage other organisations across the industry that are striving to reach a high level of inventiveness and quality."

The jury for these awards comprised some of the most experienced and well-known names in the logistics industry such as Professor G. Raghuram, a professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, who specializes in the areas of Supply Chain and Logistics Management. Other jury member include Professor Janat Shah, an expert on Operations Management and Supply Chain Management who teaches at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Professor TT Narendran of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras who is a leading authority on Operations Research and Operations Management and Mr. N. Kumar Chairman, CII-National Council on Logistics & Past President CII.

Professor G. Raghuram, a member of the jury said, " The quality presentations made in both the Supply Chain users and providers categories  was extremely high, bringing out the fact that logistics in India is arriving to meet the challenges of the growth rate that the country is going through." 
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