German Award for SCM | Supply Chain Sustainability Award

A new role for logistics

The team from Bosch led by Andreas Reutter, Executive Vice President Global Logistics (3rd from l.) was honoured by Jury Chairman Roland Tichy (extreme right) as well as – to his left – Prof. Raimund Klinkner and former German President Joachim Gauck.

The team from Bosch led by Andreas Reutter, Executive Vice President Global Logistics (3rd from l.) was honoured by Jury Chairman Roland Tichy (extreme right) as well as – to his left – Prof. Raimund Klinkner and former German President Joachim Gauck.

The chief characteristics of the Bosch project that won the German Award for SCM in 2017 are a cross-company approach and an exemplary front-to-end concept. The comprehensive restructuring of logistics processes at Bosch reduces costs by 15 percent.

Instead of optimising only individual supply chain segments, logistics operations at Bosch have been completely revolutionised over a period of four years under the heading "Striving for Supply Chain Excellence". These processes now play an entirely new role in the company and achieve impressive results based on a total cost of ownership (TCO) approach. In this way, Bosch logistics has also made a key contribution to the process of transformation within the company. The core focus of this change is increasing interconnection via the Internet of Things (IoT). Like no other company, Bosch possesses know-how in the area of the 3 "Ss" that are central to the IoT – namely, sensors, software and services.

In the view of the 17-member jury made up of logistic experts from industry, trade, logistics service providers and the special-interest media, the winning project is innovative in the way it enables the interplay of two developments: on the one hand, logistics is the creative force; on the other, however, it is also the main driver for digitalization and innovation in the company.

 "A front-to-end company project was realised in a sensationally short period of time. I am impressed by the transformational capability of a tradition-rich company like Bosch, which succeeded in using its size to optimise the interconnection of the regions“, said Jury Chairman Roland Tichy, Chairman of the Ludwig Erhard Foundation.

BVL put a new process in place to assess the entries for the German Award for SCM 2017. The number of members on the jury was increased from twelve to 17 to cover additional areas of logistics and to reflect the major importance of the topic of digitalization. In addition, there are now also experienced journalists from three special-interest media on the jury. The optimised three-phase entry procedure is also new.

Sustainability Award for Memo AG

The winner of the sixth BVL Supply Chain Sustainability Award is the mid-sized mail order company Memo AG in Greußenheim near Würzburg. Memo was presented with the award for its holistic, sustainable approach to company management, an approach that also and in particular incorporates the logistics function. Memo AG impressed the jury in numerous respects. In the words of Jury Chairman Dr. Christian Plas, "in the spirit of front-to-end sustainability, our prize winner has integrated the ecological commitment of the company founder in all business areas of the company – be it products, growth scenarios, interaction with employees, customers and suppliers, all the way through to logistics. Memo's Sustainability Report has already won numerous awards and can serve as a model for many far bigger companies." The Supply Chain Sustainability Award was accepted by Frank Schmähling, Management Board member for Logistics at Memo AG, during the 33rd Logistics Dialogue in Vienna.

AEB wins Hackathon

The team from Stuttgart-based company AEB won the first BVL Hackathon in the face of competition from five other teams. The task was to use a data set made up of sound sequences to train a machine to classify an unknown sound sequence as exactly as possible. The Hackathon was prepared and supervised by data analysis specialists from BASF. The award carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros for the winning team and is supported by BASF.