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Irish Logistics & Transport Awards celebrated ninth year

Irish logistics and transport companies celebrate a strong year driven by a vibrant ecommerce entity

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Aidan Flynn, General Manager, FTA Ireland presents the Logistics & Transport Leader 2018 award to John Tuohy

 

On April 12th, The Irish Logistics & Transport Awards celebrated its ninth year as a long-standing benchmark for those demonstrating excellence in the industry. For example, when we examine just one subsection of the sector, 52 per cent of Irish retail companies’ turnover is now coming from ecommerce, meaning the demands on logistics and transport businesses are larger than ever. We can also see this in the recent Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) report, highlighting a 6 per cent increase in freight traffic at Irish ports in 2017.

19 awards were handed out on the night to teams and individuals who are leading lights within the industry. Among the winners were Eurobase, JJ Kavanagh & Sons, Kuehne + Nagel and DHL. BWG took home two awards, namely the Overall Logistics & Transport Excellence Award and the Logistics Company of the Year. Speaking after the win, Joanne Mellon, logistics director for BWG Foods said:

“We in BWG are delighted to have received these awards on the back of the busiest year yet for our National Distribution Centre. Our extended team have been working tirelessly towards this level of excellence, and this recognition proves that we have created a logistics network that is up there with the best in the world.”

DHL were awarded the prize for Transport and Logistics Team of the Year, and Dermot Walsh, head of operational excellence at DHL Global Forwarding Ltd, was proud of the win:

“We are delighted to have been voted transport and logistics team of the year. This complex project utilised the vast resources DHL Ireland possess and highlights the adaptability and unity our teams hold. Winning this award welcomes the opportunity to showcase our capability in front of industry peers and gives us more incentive to continue to work hard as a team. We strive to be a market leader and the ILTA is the perfect industry KPI to ensure we stay on track. Thanks again for a wonderful event and we look forward to meeting again in 2019.”

On an individual level, John Tuohy, co-founder of Nightline, was one of those honoured. After winning the Irish Logistics and Transport Award Leader of the Year, he said, “It was a great honour and privilege to accept the Logistics and Transport Leader Award this year. I’m so proud of what Dave Field and I achieved with Nightline / Parcel Motel Group over 25 years prior to it being acquired by UPS in 2017. My sincere thanks to CILT and our industry colleagues and peers.”

CBRE returned as a sponsor of the awards for a third year, with executive director, Garrett McClean saying, “CBRE are delighted to sponsor the Irish Logistics and Transport Awards for the third successive year, as we believe in recognising and rewarding excellence in what is becoming an increasingly important sector of the economy and property market.”

Peter Levins is head of sales and marketing at Rohan Holdings, another sponsor on the night. He felt the awards were a great opportunity to network with those in the industry. “Rohan’s support of the ITLA Awards provides us with an opportunity to thank an industry sector that is core to the growth of our own business. It also helps us to engage with decision makers in many leading domestic and global companies.”

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The full list of winners is available below.

Overall Logistics & Transport Excellence Award

Sponsored by AIB

Winner: BWG Foods

Robert Quill, Head of Transport & Logistics, and Retail & Business Banking presents the Overall Logistics & Transport Excellence Award to BWG Foods Team.

Logistics & Transport Leader 2018

Winner: John Tuohy

Aidan Flynn, General Manager, FTA Ireland presents the Logistics & Transport Leader 2018 award to John Tuohy.

International Achievement Award

Winner: Eurobase

Garrett McClean, Director, CBRE, presents the International Achievement Award presents to Eurobase Team.

Logistics Company of the Year

Winner: BWG Foods

Conor Morgan, Head of Transport and Logistics AIB Corporate Banking, the Logistics Company of the Year award to BWG Foods Team. 

Logistics & Transport SME Company of the Year

Winner: McCulla Ireland

Peter Levins, Head of Sales and Marketing, Rohan Holdings Limited, presents the Logistics & Transport SME Company of the Year award to McCulla Ireland Team.

Passenger Transport Company of the Year

Winner: Transdev Dublin Light Rail

Tom Thornton, President, Irish International Freight Association presents the Passenger Transport Company of the Year award to Transdev Dublin Light Rail Team.

Freight Forwarding Company of the Year

Winner: Kuehne + Nagel

Tom Thornton, President, Irish International Freight Association presents the Freight Forwarding Company of the Year award to Kuehne + Nagel Team.

Logistics & Transport Team of the Year

Sponsored by DAF Ireland.

Winner: DHL Global Forwarding

Nicky Gill, Sales Director, DAF Ireland presents the Logistics & Transport Team of the Year award to DHL Global Forwarding Team.

Supply Chain Achievement Award

Winner: Cora Systems

Arthur O’Sullivan, Service Director, DAF Ireland presents the Supply Chain Achievement Award to James Deane & Susanne Kerins, Cora Systems.

Client & Supplier Collaboration Award    

Winner: Greyhound Household & Sunrise Innovations

Ailbe Burke, Lecturer in Automotive Engineering and Transport Marketing, Limerick Institute of Technology presents the Client & Supplier Collaboration Award to Greyhound Household & Sunrise Innovations Team.

Innovation in Technology & Systems

Winner: JJ Kavanagh & Sons

Ailbe Burke, Lecturer in Automotive Engineering and Transport Marketing, Limerick Institute of Technology presents the Innovation in Technology & Systems award to Paul Kavanagh & Laura Kavanagh, JJ Kavanagh & Sons.

Safety Award

Sponsored by The Road Safety Authority of Ireland, RSA.

Winner: Tranzaura

Liam Duggan, Director Vehicle Testing and Enforcement, Road Safety Authority presents the Safety Award to Shane Mann & Liam Parry, Tranzaura.

Employer of the Year   

Sponsored by CBRE.

Winner: Clare Distribution Services

Garrett McClean, Executive Director, CBRE presents the Employer of the Year award to Mark Clare, & Deborah Herbert, Clare Distribution Services. 

Customer Focus Achievement Award

Winner: CARE - Kuehne + Nagel

William Rose, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, University College Dublin presents the Customer Focus Achievement Award to Garry McCabe & Alison Moore, Kuehne + Nagel.

Courier Company of the Year

Winner: Fastway Couriers

William Rose, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, University College Dublin presents the Courier Company of the Year award to Danny Hughes & Bobby O’Keeffe, Fastway Couriers.

Transport Company of the Year

Sponsored by Rohan Holdings Limited.

Winner: Clare Distribution Services

Jamie Rohan, Managing Director, Rohan Holdings Limited presents the Transport Company of the Year award to Mark Clare, Clare Distribution Services.

Communications Award

Winner: #WayBetter - Expressway

Derek Dunne, Education Officer, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers presents the Communications Award to Adrian O’Loughlin & John Sheridan Expressway.

Education Award  

Winner: BSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management - School of Management, DIT

Derek Dunne, Education Officer, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers presents the Education award to School of Management, DIT Team.