Finalists announced for Mercury Awards 2020

Major companies including Cohesio, Manhattan Associates, Visa Global Logistics and LINX Cargo Care Group have been announced as finalists for the Mercury Awards 2020.

The Mercury Awards, celebrating Australia’s logistics operators working to improve the industry’s visibility, reputation and future prosperity, has announced the list of finalists for this year’s event.

Materials handling, logistics and supply chain management touch on almost every aspect of our daily lives, though the supply chain industry’s true scope and economic potential is regularly undervalued.

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2018 Mercury Awards to recognise supply chain excellence

After a brief hiatus, the Logistics & Materials Handling Mercury Awards will be relaunched in 2018 for the ninth annual instalment, in partnership with MEGATRANS2018.
The Awards, featuring a new design, will recognise the outstanding achievements and successes of companies across the logistics, supply chain and materials handling sectors.
The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, a business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain. MEGATRANS2018 incorporates all forms of freight transport, logistics and materials handling, infrastructure and storage and warehousing, providing perfect alignment with the Mercury Awards.
Twelve awards will recognise outstanding individuals and organisations across the supply chain:

  • Supply Chain Innovator of the Year
  • Safety Advocate of the Year
  • Best Technology Application
  • Sustainability Initiative Award
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Road
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Rail
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Air
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Sea
  • Outstanding Graduate Program
  • Best Storage Solution
  • Best Infrastructure Innovation
  • Victorian Government ‘Contribution to Industry’ Award

The 2018 Mercury Awards sponsors include the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne and SICK. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information please contact Simon Coburn on 03 9690 8766 or
Nominations details will be announced soon.

Nominations now open for Mercury Awards 2017

The Mercury Awards are back in 2017 with a new list of categories acknowledging excellence in supply chain management.
The long-standing event recognises the achievements of the small and large businesses that demonstrate ‘best practice’, excellence and innovation in Australia’s logistics, supply chain and materials handling industry.
Awards categories for the Mercury Awards 2017:

  • Materials Handling Solution Award
  • Supply Chain Innovation Award
  • Excellence in Safety Award
  • Best Technology Application Award
  • Sustainability Initiative Award
  • Transport Solution of the Year Award: Road
  • Transport Solution of the Year Award: Rail, Sea and Air
  • Outstanding Third Party Logistics Provider Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Program Award
  • Best Warehouse and/or Storage Solution Award

To nominate an exceptional company, head to the Mercury Awards website.
Winners will be decided by an independent panel of industry experts and announced at the Mercury Awards Gala Dinner to be held at 6.30pm in the Jim Stynes Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday 27 September.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online – Early Bird tickets cost $165 + GST, and you can get a table of 10 for $1,500 + GST.
For a night of great entertainment and delicious food in a fantastic venue buy your tickets now, and for a chance of being honoured on the night get your nominations in.
The 2017 Mercury Awards are sponsored by European manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive. SEW are passionate about celebrating industry excellence and also provide their support manufacturing excellence at the Endeavour Awards and mining progress at the Prospect Awards.

Mercury Awards 2013 Winners: Best of the Best

Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services took out the hat trick at the 2013 Mercury Awards, with the Best of the Best Award the last in the company’s kitty.

“This entry ticked all the boxes. With the implementation of fresh produce into the site, Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services have demonstrated the value of creating operational efficiencies and cost savings that have benefited both themselves and their customers,” the judges said.

Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services, Parkinson Chilled Distribution Centre (CDC) operates as a third party logistics provider; providing dedicated storage and service to a major national supermarket chain.

In October 2012, Polar Fresh Parkinson went live with the implementation of fresh produce to the site.  This resulted in significant change to the operation of the business; with it not only requiring double the amount of team members and almost double the amount of volume being moved through the site.

The implementation of produce into the Parkinson site has resulted in significantly reduced costs for their customer; with a dramatic reduction in the cost-per-carton.  The process of moving produce in-to-store is also more controlled through the Polar Fresh site; resulting in increased efficiency and cost savings for both Polar Fresh and its customer. 

The systems being utilised by Polar Fresh allow for more control over produce.  The system allows for greater traceability; meaning that at any one time, Polar Fresh can determine where product is and provide accurate information to suppliers, internal stakeholders, its customer and the stores.  Since the implementation there is better management of date codes of product; resulting in more frequent turnover of stock through the distribution centre and less product going to waste through going out-of-date whist waiting for delivery. Stores are also receiving more frequently deliveries, again resulting in higher quality products being supplied. 

The dedicated facility now employs over 650 Team Members and supplies all confectionary, milk, poultry, meat, dairy, chilled, frozen and fresh produce products to over 200 stores throughout Queensland and New South Wales. 

With over 1.3 million cartons despatched per week, Polar Fresh Parkinson CDC is a 24 hour a day, 7 days per week site and the largest site (chilled or otherwise) in its customers network.

The company’s operations manager, Michael Hill, said the success of the business was attributed to this team.

“The most important thing for me is that as we are talking here tonight I have 200 team members moving boxes right now as we speak, we have around 150 vehcicles being loaded at the moment and 70 forklift trucks going, 110 low level order pickers  – so this award is for them,” Hill said.

“We deliver across the whole eastern seaboard from out three distribution centres – not just the Queensland site that has won tonight but we also distribute cold product to a major supermarket chain across the whole of the eastern seaboard and it can be significantly challenging.

“It’s really important for my team to ensure that we just keep moving.”

Mercury Awards 2013 Winners: Supply Chain Innovation

Manhattan Associates won this year’s Supply Chain Innovation Award for their supply chain management solution for Super Retail Group.

The brief was to implement a supply chain management solution that allowed Super Retail Group to have full visibility of inventory, scalable to allow for increase SKU’s and product lines, and a solution that would seamlessly integrate into existing legacy IT systems. 

The challenge for Super Retail Group was to create a new distribution strategy incorporating a series of internal multi-user distribution centres allowing inventory from all eight business units to be managed across each distribution centre.

The judges said:

“Manhattan have provided an excellent outcome to Super Retail Group which has allowed them to significantly improve their stock management and customer service at a time when companies are looking for significant savings.”

Manhattan Associates’ key supply chain innovations in Australia include Manhattan SCOPE.

Manhattan SCOPE – Supply Chain Optimisation….Planning through Execution is a comprehensive portfolio of supply chain solutions that leverage the industry’s first and only Supply Chain Process Platform to deliver cross-application optimisation and integration not previously possible in the supply chain industry.

One of the unique features of Manhattan SCOPE is that it allowed SRG to create a series of internal multi-user virtual distribution centres, which enables inventory from all eight brands to be more effectively managed across each DC . Subsequently, SRG were able to maximise the limited space available in its DC’s.          

The implementation of SCOPE has also allowed SRG to create a new distribution network, that supports the company’s position as a leading player in the automotive aftermarket, sporting and outdoor leisure retail sector, across multiple brands and multiple channels. In addition, SCOPE supported the company’s move towards a global sourcing model & store-ready shipments supporting its omni-channel requirements.

Raghav Sibal , managing director, Australia & New Zealand said the win was a great one for this company.

“I Feel on top of the world,” Sibal said.

“Thanks to our team and Super Retail Group that we won this award

“Manhattan is a global organisation with 2400 supply chain professionals and Australia we have a very strong team of 45 people and these people work very hard to ensure customers like SRG get what they need.”

Mercury Awards 2013 Winners: Young Professional of the Year

Purchasing manager for Staples Technology Solutions, Jenifer Devine, won this year’s Young Professional of the year Award for leading an initiative aimed at improving service and reducing working capital.

Traditionally Staples had operated a vendor centric model, however Devine identified the need for a restructure of this division, leading a project that was eventually called “the customer centric model”

A sales survey conducted at the end of this task uncovered great results: the difference in customer service as well as inventory availability transparency for sales teams was clear.

The judges said:

“Moving from a vendor-centric model to a customer-centric model, Jenifer Devine’s pioneering restructure has shown how creative thought leadership and innovation by young professionals is driving positive results in the logistics sector.”

At a recent sales leadership conference for the division the head of sales for technology solutions made it clear that without the changes Devine had led, monthly incremental growth and a 32 per cent reduction in working capital in this category would not have been possible.

Examples of wider supply chain leadership initiative’s Devine has taken ownership of include: S&OP management, inventory & investment strategies an catalogue transitions.

Devine described winning the award as her biggest achievement in the industry so far.

“Being the winner of this award you can see the way the industry is opening up to females working in the sector and it’s exciting to be working in a changing environment like that,” Devine said.

Devine praised Staples for the way the company encourages its staff to excel in any role.

“There are a lot of opportunities at Staples, I’ve had around 4 positions at the company and each time I’ve been promoted to the next level so they are open to progress and development within the company and are very understanding of the youth within the industry,” Devine said.

Mercury Awards 2013 Winners: Technology Application

Icon Integration took out this year’s Technology Application Award for their direct voice solution for SAP for Brady.

ICON Integration was formed in 2011 and is a specialised SAP services company focused on helping SAP customers maximise their operational efficiencies by leveraging SAP supply chain execution solutions.

Central to its offering is SAP Warehouse Management (or more recently Extended Warehouse Management) and associated technologies such as RF and Voice enablement.

When Brady had to relocate its warehouse facility in NSW from two out-dated sites into a purpose built distribution centre, Icon Integration introduced a direct voice solution for SAP (based on Vocollect VDERP, sold via Dematic).

The judges said:

“Icon was the standout finalist for the Technology category. Icon demonstrated excellence by reducing complexity with SAP systems coupled with excellent customer service practices.”

On the night, Icon’s managing director Paul Roddis said the win was fantastic, especially considering the size of the other companies nominated.

“They’re big companies so for us with a team of 15 people to get an award and recognised like this is really fantastic,” Roddis said.

“The project was for a company called Brady and they commissioned us to do a project to enable their warehouse operators and people to pick pack products using SAP which is traditionally quite a bulky and difficult product to work with.”

“We delivered a really good outcome for the company.”

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