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Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) 2008

Following the success of the inaugural Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) last year, the prestigious ceremony returns to Dubai in May to celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies within the Middle East's booming logistics industry.

Following the success of the inaugural Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) last year, the prestigious ceremony returns to Dubai in May to celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies within the Middle East's booming logistics industry.

Organised by magazine publisher ITP Business, the annual Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) has established itself as the ultimate celebration of the air cargo industry's achievements over the past 12 months in the Middle East.

The prestigious event was inaugurated in Dubai last year and proved a monumental success, leveraging the breadth and experience of ITP's market leading transportation magazines, including Air Cargo Middle East & India, Logistics Middle East, Sea Freight Middle East and Aviation Business.

One year later, and the leading players from the Middle East transport industry are preparing to converge in Dubai once again for the forthcoming SCATA 2008 ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at a glamorous five-star hotel in May.

"Although the competition to succeed in the Middle East's supply chain and transportation sector is fierce, the region has continued to produce some of the most exciting trade opportunities in the world for the logistics industry," says Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Publishing Group.

The SCATA 2008 ceremony will consist of 16 categories in total, covering the air cargo, logistics and sea freight sectors. Nominations are being invited online and will be assessed by a prestigious panel of experts, selected from within the Middle East air cargo industry.

The judges will once again include Michael Proffitt (CEO of Dubai Logistics City), Issa Baluch (CEO of Swift Freight International), Captain Mansoor Ghafoor (CEO of STALCO Group and president of the National Association of Freight and Logistics), Dr Kanak Madrecha (senior manager of Dubai World and founding member of the Supply Chain & Logistics Group) and Professor Cedwyn Fernandes (chair of the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Wollongong in Dubai).

A new addition to the judging panel in 2008 is Sebastian Thomas, logistics manager of Al-Futtaim's retail division and winner of last year's SCATA award for Logistics Manager of the Year.

"The transportation magazines published by ITP Business are considered a leading voice for the transport industry in the Middle East. Now, with the second annual SCATA awards, the biggest achievers from our industry will once again receive the recognition they deserve," says Michael Proffitt, CEO of Dubai Logistics City.

"I look forward to joining other members of the esteemed judging panel in reviewing another set of excellent submissions," he concludes.

For more information on the awards visit http://www.itp.net/events/scata.

Air cargo

Air Cargo Hub of the Year

Awarded to the airfreight facility that has consistently delivered world-class service across the Middle East over the past 12 months.

Facilities are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance in one or more contracts.

Examples of corporate social responsibility and good environmental practices will be taken into account, as will business incentives, technical innovations and contribution to the region's reputation as a centre of excellence.

Cargo Operator of the Year (Commercial Airline)

Awarded to the cargo division of a commercial airline that has delivered a consistent industry-leadingservice in the Middle East and throughout the world over the past 12 months. Companies are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance.
Examples of cost or time savings for end customers will be taken into account, as will technical innovations and responsible working practices.

Cargo Operator of the Year (Cargo Airline)

Awarded to the independent cargo company that has delivered a consistent industry-leading service in the Middle East and throughout the world over the past 12 months.

Companies are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance. Examples of cost or time savings for end customers will be taken into account, as will technical innovations and responsible working practices.

Logistics

Express Logistics Provider of the Year

Awarded to the service provider that has delivered a portfolio of market-leading solutions within the Middle East's express logistics sector over the past 12 months.

Companies are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance in the field of express logistics, including network coverage, volumes transported, customer service, world-class facilities and a broad range of delivery options.

Examples of market innovation and regional investment will be taken into account.

3PL Service Provider of the Year

Awarded to the service provider that has delivered a market-leading portfolio of supply chain solutions in the Middle East over the past 12 months.

3PL companies are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance in the field of supply chain management, including storage facilities, distribution services and value-added solutions.

The 3PL Service Provider of the Year award is sponsored by Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA).

Logistics Manager of the Year

Awarded to the logistics manager that has made a real difference in managing the supply chain of a non-logistics company in the Middle East, whether by their management skills, innovative vision or simply by applying the extra effort needed to get the job done.

Testimonials from parents companies and clients are welcomed.

Shipping

Port Authority & Terminal Operator of the Year

Awarded to the port authority or terminal operator that has delivered world-class services and facilities across the Middle East over the past 12 months.

Authorities and operators are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance in the field of terminal management.

Examples of innovative solutions and improved efficiencies will be taken into account, as will forward looking investment policies.

Shipping Agent of the Year

Awarded to the shipping agent that has delivered groundbreaking service across the Middle East and to the international market over the past 12 months.

Agents are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance.
Examples of cost or time savings for end customers will be taken into account, as will technical innovations and responsible working practices.

Shipyard of the Year

Awarded to the ship repair or shipbuilding yard that has delivered world-class projects across the Middle East over the past 12 months.

Facilities are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance in one or more contracts.

Examples of corporate social responsibility and environmental practices will be taken into account, as will technical innovations and contribution to the region's international reputation.

Shipping Company of the Year

Awarded to the ship owner that has delivered world-class performance in the sea freight sector.

Applications will be accepted from, but not limited to, container, Ro-Ro, dry, liquid, bulk and LNG carriers.

Shipping lines are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance across the year. Examples of environmental responsibility, security and training will be taken into consideration.

Judge's Awards

Material Handling Provider of the Year

Recent innovation in material handling has created an exciting market for products such as pallets, forklifts and warehouse racking.

This category is aimed at suppliers that are helping companies in the Middle East to increase their supply chain efficiency with world-class products.

Technology Solutions Provider of the Year

As logistics operations become increasingly technological, this award recognises the company that has supplied the market with cutting edge solutions, such as warehouse management systems, RFID and fleet management solutions.

Industrial Area of the Year

Awarded to the industrial area or free zone that provides world-class services to the Middle East freight forwarding industry, with exceptional business incentives, transport and logistics infrastructure, customer service and marketing.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Awarded to the organisation that has taken responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment in relation varaspects of their operations.

Outstanding Contribution to Training

With the logistics sector struggling to keep pace with demands on staff levels, this award recognises the organisation that is best preparing for the future by investing in staff training.

Evidence detailing specific initiatives taken and the number of staff involved should be included.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Awarded to the company that has experienced a breakthrough year within the Middle East's supply chain and transportation industry.
Companies are asked to provide evidence of exceptional performance and progress.

Judging panel

Michael Proffitt

Michael Proffitt moved to Dubai to take up the position as CEO of Dubai Logistics City in June 2005. He has over 25 years experience in the logistics industry and has held senior executive positions with global logistics companies in the UK, Switzerland and Germany.

Proffitt is a British citizen, has an MBA from Cranfield Business School in the UK, is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is also a regular columnist in Logistics Middle East magazine.

Issa Baluch

Issa Baluch founded Swift Freight International in 1989, which now has a network of 45 offices in 19 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

He holds a master's degree in business from the University of Hull (UK). Baluch was president of the National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) from 1993 to 2000, and served as president of FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations) from 2003 to 2005.

He is also the author of Transport Logistics: Past, Present and Predictions.

Captain Mansoor Ghafoor

Captain Mansoor Ghafoor is the chief executive officer of STALCO Group and president of the National Association of Freight Logistics (NAFL), the Arabian Gulf's first freight forwarders association.

In addition, he is vice president of FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) and chairman of RAME (Region Middle East and Africa) under FIATA.

Apart from these international commitments, he has played an active role in Middle Eastern logistics and worked closely with various authorities to help improve industry standards.

Dr Kanak Madrecha

Dr Kanak Madrecha has a Ph.D. in quality and management and has 25 years of experience in diversified businesses, including being a consultant and trainer for various Fortune 500 companies.

He is currently the senior quality manager of DP World and lectures extensively at educational institutes and supply chain conferences worldwide.

He is also a founder member of Supply Chain & Logistics Group (SCLG) and currently serves as the president elect of CSCMP - Dubai Round Table.

Dr Cedwyn Fernandes

Dr Cedwyn Fernandes is the chair of the college of graduate studies at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD).

He holds a Ph.D. in economics, and worked in the airline industry for twelve years prior to joining academia in 1994, giving him a unique blend of academic and senior corporate expertise.

As chair of the college of graduate studies, Dr Fernandes oversees the quality and delivery of postgraduate programmes including the recently launched Master of Science in Logistics.

Sebastian Thomas

As the logistics manager of Al-Futtaim's retail division, Sebastian Thomas has established world class supply chain models for the company's various household retail brands, including Ikea, Ace Hardware, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us, Intersport and Ladybird.

He has 18 years of experience in supply chain management and studied in the US for his MBA in international business. His achievements were highlighted during last year's SCATA ceremony in Dubai, where he won the logistics manager of the year awards.

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