CHEP has received a Highly Commended award in the Technology Application category at the manufacturing industry’s premier awards program - the 2006 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards.
The award was presented at a gala breakfast, held in the Imax theatre at Darling Harbour, on August 31.
The global leader in pallet and container pooling equipment, CHEP received the nomination for its innovative customer replenishment planning project called the CHEP Automotive Logistics Management system (CALM).
James Meares, vice president, automotive services, CHEP Asia-Pacific, said the award recognised CHEP’s forward-thinking approach to business.
“Our automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers are facing greater challenges managing their global supply chains, with increased transit times and complexity, while still trying to minimise costs,” said Mr Meares.
“CALM has been developed and designed to tailor to the specific needs of OEM customers. It helps them to manage their complex automotive supply chains by translating their packaging needs into returnable packaging solutions.
“This saves our customers time by eliminating the need to manually order from CHEP, allowing them to focus more on their own businesses,” he said.
CALM is the first system within CHEP to use customer forecasts instead of historical data for global supply chain planning.
Other customer benefits provided by the system include visibility of packaging deliveries to the customer’s preferred location; pre-determined calculation of optimal load configurations; and collaborative planning and forecasting to determine the customer’s optimal supply chain requirements.
CALM was developed in collaboration with CHEP’s industry partners Manugistics and CAP Gemini.
“We are delighted by this acknowledgement and believe we can add value to our many customers beyond the automotive industry, helping them to make their supply chains leaner and more responsive,” Howard Wigham, President, CHEP.