London, UK Eurodis Electron has beaten off competition from a host of major companies to win the 'Logistics and Fulfilment' category of the 2003 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards. The final 8 nominees from 250 candidates included British Airways Cargo, Fujitsu Siemens, O2, Volkswagen and Swisscom. Eurodis is the third largest distributor of electronic components in Europe.
In the jury's opinion Eurodis “outshone the competition purely on distribution and fulfilment”. The jury further stated that “The pace and scale of the operation, and the speed at which orders are turned around, is described as “astonishing” – in some instances as little as 30 minutes from order receipt to dispatch”.
Martin George, vice-president of operations at Eurodis, said: “Over the past three years we have planned and implemented our revised Supply Chain strategy together with our partners DHL/Deutsche Post Group, Viastore Systems and Strategix /TIS Software. The showpiece of this strategy is the industry acclaimed Advanced Logistics Centre in Haaksbergen, Netherlands. By being fully automated, the 'ALC' has doubled logistics productivity, reduced inventory holdings whilst improving availability and quality.
“We are proud of what has been achieved, especially in the face of the worst electronic component industry downturn ever,” added George.
The annual European Supply Chain Excellence Award are now in their seventh year and are sponsored by Intermec, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, SAP, P&O Nedlloyd, Manhattan Associates and O2.
• Eurodis chairman, Robert Leigh, has stepped and left the board to be replaced by Douglas Rogers as non-executive chairman.
More recently, Rogers has been chairman of The Oliver Group, Crabtree Group, United Carriers, Barcom, GBE International, James Wilkes and Savage and a non-executive director of Epwin. He is currently a non-executive director of Dowding and Mills, Hydrex Group, Carpet Express and Partnering Coatings. Rogers spent twelve years with Newman Tonks as group chief executive and then as chairman.
Steve Swayne, chief executive of Eurodis Electron, said, “I am looking forward to working with a man of such high calibre. He brings a wealth of experience to the board and has the right credentials to guide Eurodis through its turnaround and back to profitability.”