26 April 2001 | David Arminas
Inter-industry awards and a technology and telecoms category have been added to the third annual Kelly's Awards for Excellence in Purchasing and Supply, which is launched today.
Entries are now being accepted for the 2001 competition in 11 vertical and four horizontal categories: best purchaser-supplier relationship, best people development initiative, best use of an e-marketplace and best purchasing initiative by a smaller business.
"These inter-industry additions are designed to make sure that we don't miss out on any purchasing excellence," said Peter Williams, director of group procurement at media giant WPP Group and chair of the judging panel.
The telecommunications and technology category has been created in recognition of the growing and demanding role of purchasing in a rapidly growing and strategic area.
Another change to the awards for 2001 is the re-emergence of health-sector purchasing as a separate category.
Last year, the winner in the retail sector category, fashion and homeware store Matalan, also took the overall prize. In 1999 and 2000, the department made more than double its savings targets, Gillian Moore, corporate purchasing controller, told SM.
"Winning the Kelly's Award has raised purchasing's profile within Matalan and its suppliers," said Moore. "It has also meant greater recognition for Matalan within the purchasing industry, with numerous approaches for assistance and advice from students and smaller businesses within the area."
The 2001 awards are organised in association with CIPS, sponsored by Visa Purchasing, BT Ignite and Commerce One and supported by Kelly's Directories, the Confederation of British Industry's Fit for the Future initiative and SM.
The sector categories are: central government and its agencies, construction, education, financial services, health, local government, manufacturing and engineering, retail, services, utilities, and telecommunications and technology.