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The Unofficial List of Supply Chain Awards (and why you should apply)

Vice President, APICS Marketing

Monday September 12, 2016

Winning an award is a wonderful way to brag. It’s an endorsement from a respected third party that brings your organization positive publicity and credibility. It provides a great opportunity to market your organization and your work.    

It’s not just you that benefits from winning; often your partners, customers and employees come out looking (and feeling) good, too. Even the nomination process can be beneficial, as it provides an opportunity for you and your team to develop your story, compile supporting data, analyze and reflect on the process and outcome, and plan for the future.

With so many award opportunities, where do you begin? First, consider your organization, its work and its strong points. What stands out? It might be your executive leadership, a recent project, your environmental achievements, technology advances, student work, inclusion of women, or a recent case study. 

Research to identify the awards that are the best fit with your organization’s strengths. Determine whether national, international or local competitions are most appropriate. 

Here are some of the more popular awards for supply chain and logistics. Consider whether your organization might be worthy of recognition. 

Education Award of Excellence APICS Focuses on an organization's commitment to productivity and advancement based on educational concepts, competencies, and best practices
Innovation Award of Excellence APICS Recognizes an organization's achievement in developing strategies to meet and overcome supply chain challenges
AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management & Education (AWESOME) Recognizes women supply chain leaders
Supply Chain Project of the Year Award Belgian Purchasing and Logistics Association (VIB) Recognizes outstanding supply chain projects
CILT Annual Awards for Excellence Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT) Honors outstanding achievement of individuals and organizations to encourage the highest standards and a professional approach to the practice of logistics and transport.
Supply Management Awards Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Recognizes an organization or individual in the procurement and supply chain profession in the U.K.
CSCMP Distinguished Service Award Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Recognizes individual achievement in the field of fields of logistics and supply chain management.
Supply Chain Innovation Award CSCMP and Supply Chain Brain Recognizes supply chain team innovation
Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award ECRI Institute Honors healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in supply chain spend management and participate in ECRI’s programs
EPA SmartWay Excellence Award Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Program Shipping and logistics companies and carriers that are EPA SmartWay partners can pursue this award for superior environmental performance
Food Logistics Champions Food Logistics Recognizes individuals who make the world’s global food supply better
Supply Chainnovators Gartner Recognizes innovative supply chain techniques, capabilities and initiatives
Top 3PLs & Trucking Providers Global Trade Magazine Annual list of the nation’s top 3PLs and trucking providers
Resilient Supply Chain Awards Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council (GSCRC) Recognizes organization and individuals that serve as role models and leaders in driving supply chain resiliency
Inbound Logistics Excellence Awards Inbound Logistics Magazine Supply chain managers vote for the top 10 3PL providers
Top 100 Logistics IT Providers Inbound Logistics Magazine Honors the top 100 IT providers annually
IWLA Jock Menzies Award and Pinnacle Award International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) Awards for distinguished service and excellence for IWLA members in warehousing, fulfillment, reverse logistics, transportation, freight forwarding and brokerage services, supply chain management, and a broad range of manufacturing and value-added services
J. Shipman Gold Medal Award Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Honors individuals whose efforts have advanced the supply management field
30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars ISM Best and brightest young purchasing/supply chain management professionals
Supply Chain Excellence Awards Logistics & Supply Chain Recognizes forward thinkers, experimenters and early adopters in supply chain and logistics in the U.K.
Quest for Quality Awards Logistics Management Magazine Annual subscriber survey that identifies and honors performance excellence in transportation and logistics
Supply Chain and Transport Awards Logistics Middle East Recognize regional and international players that make significant contributions in logistics, sea freight and air cargo
STEP Ahead Awards Manufacturing Institute Promotes women in manufacturing through the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead initiative which serves to mentor and recognize women
MH&L’s Innovation Awards Material Handling & Logistics Top supply chain innovations of the year
Norman L. Cahners Industry Award Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) Lifetime achievement award for MHEFI members
Reed-Apple Education Award Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) Honoring those who support material handling and logistics education
MHEFI Exceptional Contribution Award Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) Award for contributions from short term events, programs and contributions, or extended influence and/or contributions in more narrowly focused industry activities
Productivity Achievement Award Modern Materials Handling Honors companies that have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems
Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing OPX Leadership Network/PMMI Exceptional sustainability achievements within food, beverage and consumer products manufacturing operations
Excellence in Supply Chain Awards Oracle Recognizing Oracle customers that excel in driving business value
Retail Week Supply Chain Awards Retail Week Magazine For retail supply chains in the UK. No cost to enter, with a variety of categories.
Power of the Profession Awards SCM World Recognizing the most impactful and innovative supply chain initiatives in two areas: supply chain impact and supply chain talent development. There are three sub-categories within each area.
100 Great Supply Chain Projects Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Submit case studies for consideration
Green Awards Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Awards for environmental excellence
Pros to Know Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine List of top industry professionals
Australian Supply Chain and Logistics (ASCL) Awards Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia Recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in supply chain and logistics
Supply Chain Asia Awards Supply Chain Asia Recognizes organizations and individuals who have contributed in terms of business and economic development
Supply Chain Finance Awards Supply Chain Finance Community (Europe) Recognizes measurable results achieved via a supply chain finance program
Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award TMW Systems Promotes the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry

While this list is by no means exhaustive, it gives you an idea of the kind of industry awards that exist. Of course, there are many other awards besides those focusing on supply chain and logistics (Forty Under 40, Top Workplaces, Inc. 5000, etc.) that may also be applicable. If you know of an award that should be added to this list, please share it in a comment below.

Some of the most respected lists and honors—the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 list, Material Handling & Logistics’ Top 10 Innovation Awards, and Supply Chain Insights’ list of Supply Chains to Admire, to name a few—are culled according to the organization’s own criteria and methodology. You cannot “apply” for these honors; you simply are included or not.

Any award or honor is a great opportunity to connect with your employees, partners, suppliers and customers with a positive message. Cite the honor you’ve won in email signatures, company newsletters, on social media and your website, in a blog post, in a news release, and share any resulting media coverage to get the most mileage from your recognition.

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