DB Awards 2016: a report on the winners

Logistics Company of the Year

JF hillebrand

Chris Porter & David Mawer (right) from JF Hillebrand

Winner: JF Hillebrand

Scooping the crown for a second year in a row, it was difficult to pick any holes in a strong pitch from this global logistics business, which has further strengthened its specialist drinks services over the last year.

Among the company’s new initiatives are a service aimed at the brewing sector that provides a management of keg recovery in order to keep tighter stock and monetary control on the returns of the vast amount of kegs sent around the world. “JF Hillebrand is a hugely impressive company that, despite its size and success, is always moving forward – it never rests on its laurels,” said one judge.

JF Hillebrand has also delivered greater efficiencies for its customers by streamlining the process for the movement of their European groupage orders and working to avoid transport waste by improving equipment fills. Bucking the trend of rising oil prices, the company’s fuel recovery on a 40ft container from New World wine Countries fell from £282 in April 2015 to £26 in April 2016.

STI

Joseph De Maio from STI

Special commendation: STI

Our judges felt that Italian firm STI deserved a special commendation for its excellent service, personal approach, and for showing that logistics is not just about the big boys – there’s a place for a family-run operation in a niche sector.

The shortlist:

• London City Bond
• JF Hillebrand
• STI Internazionale
• Kuehne + Nagel

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