Winners of the inaugural Sustain & Save Exchange Annual Awards revealed
The Sustain & Save Exchange, SSE, goes from strength to strength and one of the areas we decided to beef up is face to face activity. Last month Arla Foods hosted a visit at their Leeds Distribution Centre to showcase the financial and environmental benefits of LED lighting. Last week we ran a summit focusing on resource efficiency in the rather grand surroundings of the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds.
The highlight for me though had to be the announcement of our award winners, presented by Stuart Menzies, Category Director for Fresh Meat & Fish. These were for those companies and individuals who had really stood out either through support of this programme or who had benefited from it. The winners were:
Most Resource Efficient in the Resource Saver: For those companies that have made the most gains in terms of resource efficiency improvements.
Produce: Stewarts of Tayside
Meat & Fish: ABP
Bakery: Maple Leaf Bakery
Most Engaged Supplier in the SSE: To recognise collaboration and members’ commitment to gathering information and showcasing their experiences.
Large Supplier: Arla
Small/Medium Supplier: Moulton Bulb & Co
The Game Changer: For the supplier that shared the most inspirational case study, something that has generated numerous savings for others.
SSE Ambassador: To recognise the individual who has done the most to promote the SSE, not only within their own organisations, but also in the wider business world.
Andrew Wroe, QV Foods
Best Networker: For the individual that is most active on the SSE, sharing tips, asking questions and provoking discussion around the issue of resource efficiency.
On the day itself, over 180 of our suppliers attended and, with discussions ranging from renewable technologies and boilers to refrigeration and cleaning, we hope everyone went away with valuable advice and inspiration for their own companies. This certainly seemed to be the case from the feedback – 99% of people said they thought the event was ‘great’ or ‘good’.
We also had some interesting feedback around the idea of more collaborative working to generate further savings. Many of the suppliers have also told us that the ‘table team’ sessions we ran for those with common issues were really useful, and they’re hoping to identify resource efficiency initiatives to work on together outside of the event.
All the insights, case studies, feedback and suggestions for next steps will help to shape the activity plan for the next six months. It’s good to know that our suppliers are so engaged with the Sustain & Save Exchange and we look forward to seeing what the next big successes will be.
I do know that we now have one of the most successful supplier collaboration tools in retail. So far supplier members have either banked or identified savings adding up to a whopping £1million. But, as you’d expect from Asda, we’re not stopping there so watch this space!