Sainsbury’s rewards suppliers for their efforts

17 May 2013

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17 May 2013 | Rebecca Ellinor

Sainsbury’s head of procurement Neil Bradford and senior buyer, retail, Sam Woodhouse, this week presented a clutch of their top suppliers with awards for their work.

In the ‘risk and governance’ category, Addleshaw Goddard won for continuing to exceed expectations in support of Sainsbury’s compliance work. RG Group was highly commended.

Under the heading ‘commercial’, Fit Out UK clinched the 2013 gong for ongoing savings delivered through its management of a reuse and equipment recycling centre. Highly commended was Valassis.

For innovation, HSS was highly commended for its efforts while Lynx scooped the award for its work on a PFS timber kiosk at Crystal Palace and proposed polysolar PFS canopy in Bishops Waltham. Woodhouse praised them for working cross functionally across Sainsbury’s and its existing and proposed supply chain and said it has enabled them to be “first to market with some really great technology”.

In the ‘quality and service’ category no fewer than five suppliers were named as winners of the award - WR Refrigeration, Space Engineering, CBES, Carter Thermal Industries and Arcus Engineering. “These suppliers have embodied Sainsbury’s behaviour of delivering great service and driving sales,” said Woodhouse of the vendors who helped improve the quality and service of the company’s fridges. Agility Logistics was highly commended.

Longcross clinched the title in the ‘20x20’ category for its help towards achieving part of Sainsbury’s sustainability policy (20 commitments to be achieved by 2020). Woodhouse said they put “sustainability and innovation at the heart of their business”. Highly commended in this category was DHL.

Finally, Woodhouse announced the overall winner and supplier of the year as St Ives. The company, he said, worked collaboratively across Sainsbury’s and with its other suppliers, and provided opportunities to help reduce costs and drive efficiencies in everything it does.

Wrapping up the event, which took place on the same day as the company’s fourth annual supplier conference, Bradford said his key messages to providers and partners were that together, they could continue to grow; and that supplier relationship management was part of a long-term strategy as was 20x20. He urged suppliers to “think bigger” with their ideas and to keep Sainsbury’s honest with open and constructive feedback.

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