LAS VEGAS — The premier prizes in the supply chain world will be up for grabs in the coming months as the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Associations (VICS) has begun soliciting entries for its 15th annual awards program. The awards will be presented at the VICS Collaborative Commerce Achievement Awards Dinner sponsored by Hewlett-Packard to be held June 4 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Awards are presented in eight categories based on nominations received from companies that recognize a team, department or a trading partner for their efforts in bringing excellence and innovation to supply chain collaboration. The deadline for nominations is April 27.
“The VICS Collaborative Commerce Achievement Awards have become the premier prize for supply chain enhancement in the retail channel,” said Joe Andraski, president and CEO of VICS. “We encourage all practitioners and their partners to reward the innovative processes being deployed throughout the industry by nominating them for a VICS award.”
Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Retail Excellence - presented to a retail company that has developed or adopted internal systems and practices that have resulted in enhanced supply chain efficiency, improvements in customer service, reduced costs, or increased speed to market by working collaboratively with trading partners to create true end-to-end supply chain integration.
Supply Side Excellence - presented to a consumer goods manufacturer or wholesale distributor that has developed or adopted internal systems and practices that have resulted in enhanced supply chain efficiency, improvements in customer service, reduced costs, or increased speed to market by working collaboratively with trading partners to create true end-to-end supply chain integration.
VICS CPFR Implementation Excellence - presented to two companies, a retailer and supplier, which have worked collaboratively to create true end-to-end supply chain integration and cooperation utilizing VICS CPFR.
VICS Empty Miles Top Contributor Award - presented to the company that helps drive adoption through referring new subscribers and posts the greatest savings resulting from the use of the VICS Empty Miles Program.
Sustainability Excellence - presented to the company that develops, executes and maintains the most innovative environmentally sustainable supply chain.
Best Third-Party Provider - presented to a third-party services or systems provider that has developed and/or implemented systems and practices proven to be cost-effective and resulted in supply chain improvements.
VILRI Implementation Excellence - presented to two companies, a retailer and supplier, that have implemented item level RFID processes to improve store and/or distribution center-level efficiencies and drive sales increases using EPC-enabled tools.
Best VILRI Solution Provider - presented to a solution provider that has developed and/or implemented item level RFID systems and practices proven to increase supply chain efficiencies and drive sales increases.
The VICS board of directors is also accepting nominations for the 2012 Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership through selfless support and utilization of VICS and GS1 standards, as well as standards committee participation. Dr. Donald Bowersox of Michigan State University received the award last year.
Nominations are open to retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and technology providers. All nominations must include a business challenge, business answer, technological innovation, measurable percentage-based ROI, time frame, level of difficulty and benefits. Awards finalists for each category will be notified prior to the VICS 2012 Conference and will be invited to the Awards Ceremony and Board Dinner.
Additional details about the program and an entry form are available here.