Allport & Sainsbury’s bag 2nd award for logistics innovation

A ground-breaking logistics programme from supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s and supply chain and freight forwarding company, Allport Cargo Services, has been recognised at an international awards ceremony – the partnership’s second award win in as many months.

Named ‘Supply Chain Partnership of the Year’ at the 2014 Global Freight Awards, this latest achievement comes just weeks after the companies were named joint winners of the ‘Logistics & Distribution’ accolade at the 2014 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

The programme has revolutionised the way in which Sainsbury’s transports general merchandise products into the UK from overseas through the creation of an end-toend integrated systems platform. This connects Allport with Sainsbury’s at each step of the logistics process from purchase placement to store delivery and enables Allport to pick the products at multiple overseas origins and pack them ready for delivery to each individual UK store.

Piloted in Mumbai, Colombo, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Yantian over a two-week period, the programme saw the successful coordination of:

  • 14,821 pallets
  • 632,000 cases of products
  • 42 different suppliers
  • 932 containers
  • 8 vessels

The success of this initial pilot programme saw a further eight carried out over the past year.

Daniel Gill, Divisional Managing Director, Allport Cargo Services Supply Chain, said:

“We pride ourselves on our forward-thinking approach to logistics and we are no strangers to delivering on our clients’ needs to manage efficient operations. Our recent award success is evidence that our work with Sainsbury’s leads our industry in the achievement of maximum operational sustainability.”

Clyde Buntrock, Group Marketing & Business Development Director, added: “To win two highly prestigious awards in the same year is testament to our substantial investment in our network infrastructure and systems. I’d like to thank our project teams in the UK and across Asia who have worked tirelessly in partnership with Sainsbury’s to implement this innovative approach to logistics.”

Iain Bartholomew, Head of Supply Non Food, Sainsbury’s, said:

“The success of Sainsbury’s and Allport Cargo Services at these awards is evidence of what can be achieved when a service provider and client are jointly focused on a common goal. Our relationship with ACS is one that has gone from strength to strength and it’s fantastic to have the efficiencies being generated across our international supply chain recognised at such a prestigious events.”