Shape the Future of Supply Chain, Celebrate Your Successes and Be Recognized by Your Peers
Each year, the SCM World Power of the Profession Awards identify, recognize and enable collective learning from the most impactful and innovative supply chain initiatives. The winners are those who deliver outstanding breakthrough performances in two key areas – the first in supply chain impact and the second in supply chain talent development – as voted for by their industry peers and our expert panel of independent, executive-level judges. Following a two-stage judging process, the awards culminate in a ceremony during SCM World’s Live Americas event, which is attended by the world’s most influential supply chain practitioners.
“The awards process really pushed us to reflect on what it takes to achieve supply chain excellence…”
Susanna Zhu, CPO at The Hershey Company, winner of the 2017 Talent Breakthrough of the Year award
The Power of the Profession Awards comprise two awards categories: Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year and Supply Chain Talent Breakthrough of the Year.
Within each category there are three sub-categories, meaning there are eight awards available in total. To win, entries need to demonstrate how they meet the following criteria. More generally, the judges are also looking for the level of innovation, the quality of execution and your ability to demonstrate the impact of your initiative – both qualitatively and quantitatively. See below for further information on the categories for the 2018 Power of the Profession Awards.
Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year
Initiative that drives breakthrough innovation for customers, the business and/or the lasting benefit of society.
Supply chain initiative that has created a more valuable customer experience and achieved a positive, quantifiable impact on customer loyalty.
Supply chain initiative that has contributed outstanding top-line business performance, profitable growth, savings, and/or given a distinct competitive edge.
Supply chain initiative that has achieved a positive, quantifiable impact on society, local communities and/or the environment.
Supply Chain Talent Breakthrough of the Year
Talent initiative that is shaping the supply chain team of the future by fostering diversity, creating value for the business and/or developing capabilities across the value chain.
Supply chain talent program that has resulted in a more diverse and engaged workforce throughout the supply chain organization.
Supply chain talent initiative that has driven tangible revenue growth, cost savings, product innovation or outstanding customer satisfaction metrics.
Talent Partnership of the Year
Supply chain talent initiative that has extended capability development across the value chain, quantitatively driving value internally and/or externally with suppliers and partners.
Award entries can be submitted at any time between 4 May and midnight GMT on 11 August 2017.
Entries will then be shortlisted down to a group of semi-finalists by expert analysts in the SCM World and Gartner Supply Chain research teams, to be revealed in a live webinar at 4.30pm BST (11.30am ET) on 4 September 2017 – register now!
The cohort of semi-finalists will then be put out to vote by your professional supply chain peers. Between 6 September and 13 October, members of the SCM World community will shortlist the top nine initiatives for each of the two main categories.
From this community-led vote, we will reveal the 18 finalists across both categories at SCM World’s Live Europe Forum in Barcelona on 30 October 2017. From this group, our panel of distinguished industry judges will select the strongest initiatives in each sub-category, and from those, determine the two overall winners.
The winners will be revealed and celebrated at a gala dinner at SCM World Live Americas Forum on 5 February 2018 at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami.
How to Enter
The Awards are open to all businesses and individuals worldwide that own, operate and/or manage a supply chain, excluding software vendors, consultancies, academic institutions or those deemed as purely service providers. You do not need to be a member of the SCM World community to submit an entry.
There are two ways to submit an entry: via an online entry form or by recording a webinar presentation.
For online entries, you can submit your awards entry online at any time between 4 May and midnight GMT on 11 August 2017. You are welcome to submit multiple entries either in both categories. In addition to a 200-word summary, each entry should use no more than 1,800 words and all parts of the online entry form should be completed. In addition to completing the online form, your entry can also include supporting materials in PDF, PowerPoint or video format (up to three items per entry) which may further demonstrate the scope and impact of your initiative.
To submit your entry, click through to our online awards entry and judging system. You will need to set up an account so you can manage your nomination(s) – you can build your entry up over time and submit it when you’re ready.
The second way to enter is by recording a webinar for the SCM World member library. We will then work with you to convert your presentation into your awards entry. Webinars must be recorded by 14 July 2017. To enter this way, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll share full guidance.
To help you prepare, we have created offline versions of the online entry forms, which include the full evaluation criteria. You can also read about initiatives from previous years in a series of reports. If you’re eligible to enter the awards, you can request these resources by contacting us at [email protected].
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Ready to get started? Best of luck! Email any questions to [email protected].
How to Vote
We invite members of the supply chain profession who are part of the SCM World community to vote for who should make the group of finalists. Voting will take place between 6 September and 13 October 2017 – it’s up to your professional peers to decide who makes it to the final stage!
As an SCM World member, you will be able to cast your vote for up to six entries. You may not vote for your own company. Votes over the six maximum and all self-votes will be discarded.
The finalists will then be individually evaluated by an expert panel of the world’s leading C-level supply chain executives and academics. In this final stage, each judge will rank the nine finalists in each category based on their achievement against each of the three award criteria: innovation, execution and impact. The final winners will be revealed at SCM World Live Americas on 5 February 2017.
The Power of the Profession Awards 2018 ceremony will take place at a gala dinner on 5 February 2018 at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami, Florida, as part of the SCM World Live Americas Forum.
Join us to celebrate not only your own successes, but also learn from other initiatives and meet the finalists – and winners! – in person.
For more information about SCM World Live Americas, stay in touch via our events page.
Talent Breakthrough of the Year
Talent Diversity Champion of the Year
Talent Payback of the Year
Talent Partnership of the Year
Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year
Customer Innovation of the Year
Business Win of the Year
Social Impact of the Year