BWG Group in Ireland scoops top Logistics & Transport Awards

May 3, 2018 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes, Supply Chain

BWG Group, owners and operators of the SPAR Brand in Ireland, has won the prestigious Overall Logistics & Transport Excellence Awards at the 2018 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards. The only wholesale and retail group in the country to be nominated this year, BWG was shortlisted for a record seven awards and was also named as Logistics Company of the Year.

The Group’s national Distribution Centre (DC) serves more than 1,000 convenience stores around Ireland and completes more than 800 deliveries every day, with an average of 70,000 cases picked per day.

The state-of-the-art, 24,000 sqm DC in Dublin employs 300 people (60% permanent, 40% agency staff), and incorporates the Group’s entire ambient and chilled distribution, including the company’s bonded warehouse, making it one of the biggest facilities of its kind in the country. In essence, the DC operates 24/7 with just eight hours of down-time a week for essential maintenance. In total, it handles more than 46 million cases each year.

The BCP Accord Voice WMS System is used throughout the warehouse and the VITA System is used for loading and distribution.

Joanne Mellon, BWG Logistics Director said the company is delighted to have received the two awards on the back of its busiest year yet for the national DC: “Our extended team have been working tirelessly towards this level of excellence for a number of years now and this recognition proves that we have created a logistics network that is up there with the best in the world. It’s something that we’re very proud of.”

Criteria for Logistics Company of the Year Award

After all submissions were received, the entries were sent for the first round of review and were carefully scrutinised with only the best being shortlisted for each category.

The judges were divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring the avoidance of any potential conflict. They scored each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores. The scores were then collected and collated, with the highest overall scoring entrant being declared the winner of that category.

Criteria for Overall Logistics and Transport Excellence Award

This Award was chosen from amongst the individual award winners on the night.

Source: SPAR Ireland

About SPAR Ireland

SPAR Ireland was established in 1963 and is operated by leading wholesale and retail company, BWG Foods. With a presence in every county across Ireland, SPAR is one of the country’s largest convenience retail groups. It operates three of the four SPAR formats: SPAR, EUROSPAR and SPAR Express, bringing consumers the most innovative products and instore offerings.