2018’s Drinks Business Awards: profiling the recipients

Best Logistics Company of the Year

Winner

JF Hillebrand

Established in Mainz in 1844, JF Hillebrand today centres its approach to logistics on responsibility, collaboration and passion, all of which were heartily approved of by the judges.

In terms of responsibility, Hillebrand is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which it operates; moving towards a 45% reduction of its carbon emissions per container by 2025, which it is well on track to meet.

Logistics is a vital cornerstone of the drinks industry and one that is challenging and ever-changing due to the evolution of technology. Hillebrand is keen that its interactions with customers are increasingly collaborative rather than purely transactional with value hared across all parties. In 2017 it saved long-standing partner Accolade Wines cost savings of around AU$1 million and introduced a bespoke automated system that eliminated the need to input as many as 6,000 orders manually.

Thirdly, by ensuring its own employees’ knowledge of wine, beer and spirits is up to scratch, Hillebrand is better able to design and deliver logistical services for its clients, whatever their size and no matter the value of their cargo. Hillebrand recently put this to use by transporting two rare bottles of 1926 Macallan to Dubai, where they were eventually sold for the record-breaking price of US$600,000 apiece in April.

Special commendation

Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne & Nagel’s ESP is the latest and most comprehensive digital supply chain management platform yet provided by the company.

ESP is designed to allow customers to connect, collaborate and manage their physical and digital supply chains from sourcing to delivery anywhere in the world with the objective of improving supplier reliability and product availability. In addition, Kuehne + Nagel has introduced ‘Sea Explorer’ to give customers a complete overview of global seafreight services.

Supply Chain Initiative of the Year

Winner

Liv-ex, for LWIN

Our judges praised Liv-ex’s innovative LWIN system, which helps to solve problems in the supply chain by giving every wine a personal identification number, and applauded the company’s “generous and selfless” decision to make the service free for other companies to use, acting “for the greater good of the wine trade”.

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