Industry excellence recognised at CILT NZ 2017 awards

01 December 2017

Industry stalwart Dexion has joined other industry heavyweights to be recognised with a CILT NZ award for implementation, innovation and industry excellence.

The annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport NZ (CILT NZ) awards recognise outstanding achievements within the transport, logistics and supply chain sectors. Held in Auckland this year in October, four outstanding companies received awards for implementation and practice, innovation and industry excellence.

Dexion, represented by Craig Landon, regional general manager NZ and South America, received the President’s Award for special contribution to the institute and the logistics and transport industries.

CILT NZ president Cormac McBride said at the presentation that Dexion has long been a member and supporter of the institute, as well as being a leading global storage systems provider. “The company was involved in many of the forward-thinking, almost futuristic systems that have been awarded prizes tonight, and the President’s Award recognises Dexion’s innovation and vision and its professional support of these businesses.”

Two companies received an award for implementation and practice this year. This award recognises an organisation that has demonstrated sustained excellence in supply chain management, logistics, transport implementation and/or practice, with special emphasis on building relationships and developing strategic partnerships.

JPL Group (James Pascoe Ltd) received the award for its state-of-the-art distribution centre at East Tamaki, Auckland, which consolidates the distribution systems for Farmers, Whitcoulls and Stevens. Dexion was engaged to help design and implement the materials handling systems.

From the outset, JPL Group had a clear vision for its new facility – one that would minimise costs and maximise efficiencies. A towering 26m (six storeys high) new building with a total floor area of 45,000 sqm was designed to be built next to and integrate with the existing Farmers distribution centre. Taking two-and-a-half years to plan and construct, the new building is unique in New Zealand, maximising storage capacity in its floor space with 18m high racking providing 24,000 pallet positions and sophisticated information systems.

Sistema received the other award for implementation and practice for its multi-million-dollar mega-site at the Landing Business Park at Auckland International Airport. Its advanced integrated warehouse system features Dexion’s automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) and real-time distribution system (RDS) warehouse management software.

Using Dexion’s ASRS, Sistema’s warehousing operations are fully integrated with its manufacturing operations, with products coming straight off the manufacturing line into assembly and storage – a process managed by Dexion’s RDS software. The solution allows 100 pallets in and 100 pallets out per hour in what Sistema describes as a high-density, high-throughput process that operates 24/7 and is accurate and flexible.

Two companies received an award for innovation, which recognises a substantial level of innovation and change in part of the transport and logistics sector that significantly enhances the operations and success of an organisation.

Foodstuffs South Island received an award for its portal interface, used by all its essential supply chain users, which includes a range of forecasting tools that cover every aspect of their business: warehouse planning, transport planning, pick-face refurbishment, inwards goods volumes and picking volumes.

The QuayConnect partnership between Port Nelson, transport company Central Express, glass and bottle manufacturer O-I NZ, and wine bottling and warehousing services provider WineWorks received the other award, having transformed wine freight logistics across the top of the South Island, with significant reductions in truck journeys, fuel use and CO2 emissions, and improvements to the safety of the road network.

When the Kaikoura earthquake caused damage and disruption late last year, the partnership responded quickly to enable the wine sector to move valuable wine to secure locations and to provide a route for winemakers to get their products to market.

Nominate your company for a 2018 award

Entries will open soon for the 2018 awards, the categories for which are listed on the CILT NZ website. Award winners do not necessarily have to be members of CILT, except where stated. Next year’s awards and forum will be held in Christchurch in October. For further information, visit the CILT website.

Lynne Richardson
Managing editor, Aston Publishing