9 September 2009 | Paul Snell
Sainsbury's has won the top prize in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2009.
The supermarket scooped the overall award for excellence in procurement, presented by comedian Hugh Dennis at the gala dinner held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night.
Click here to see video interviews with the night's award winners
The retailer, which also won the best contribution to corporate responsibility award earlier in the evening, was praised by the judges for not only supporting the community and environment but also earning the respect of its customers.
The project, led by the procurement team, was to reduce the amount of food waste heading for landfill from the company's 509 supermarkets. The team achieved the target of eliminating all food waste six months ahead of schedule, as well as reducing costs by 26 per cent, saving the firm £1.5 million.
Ariba was the event's headline sponsor. Hays Purchasing & Supply, RS, CPO Agenda magazine and QinetiQ Commerce Decisions also sponsored the awards programme.
Winners in the other categories in the profession's premiere awards ceremony included;
BEST CROSS-FUNCTIONAL TEAMWORK PROJECT CREDIT SUISSE
BEST PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE AXA UK
BEST PROCESS IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE NETWORK RAIL
BEST PURCHASER-SUPPLIER COLLABORATION ASTRAZENECA AND COGNIZANT
BEST PURCHASING INITIATIVE BY A SMALLER ORGANISATION ADVANTAGE SW
MOST IMPROVED PURCHASING START-UP LV=
MOST IMPROVED PURCHASING OPERATION STEP CHANGE COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES
BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY NHS RE:SOURCE
BEST PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROJECT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASING PROJECT OF THE YEAR ASTRAZENECA
CIPS YOUNG PURCHASING & SM PROFESSIONAL of YEAR MATTHEW REES, HSBC
CIPS PURCHASING & SM PROFESSIONAL of YEAR JANE SCADDING, WINCANTON