Winners of the Supply Chain Innovation Award 2018 Recognized
A commendation ceremony held during the general assembly and a forum of the Council for the Collaboration between the Manufacturing, Distribution and Sales Sectors
August 3, 2018
The Council for the Collaboration between the Manufacturing, Distribution and Sales Sectors, taking the opportunity of their annual general assembly and forum, determined winners of the Supply Chain Innovation Award 2018, and on July 6 (Fri.), 2018, held a commendation ceremony to recognize the winners. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been supporting efforts by the Council since its inauguration. In cooperation with the Council, METI will endeavor to advance efforts to optimize the nation’s supply chains overall.
1. Outline of the Supply Chain Innovation Award 2018
Aiming to optimize the nation’s supply chains, the council called for applicants to submit case examples of companies that are engaging in efforts to reduce the number of product returns and facilitate efficient distribution in collaboration with the manufacturing, distribution and sales sectors, and it received applications from 13 companies, including joint submissions of applications. An examination committee for the award program examined the applications and determined one winner for the Supply Chain Innovation Award and four winners for the Supply Chain Innovation Excellence Awards. In response, these winners were presented with awards by the Director-General for Commerce and Service Industry Policy, METI.
Supply Chain Innovation Award (one winner)
(joint submission of an application by five companies)
- Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
- Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
- Suntory Beverage & Food Limited
- Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
- Nihonshuruihanbai Co., Ltd.
Supply Chain Innovation Excellent Awards (four winners)
- Kao Group Customer Marketing Co., Ltd.
- Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
- Nippon Access, Inc.
- Fuji Co., Ltd.
3. Outline of the council
The Council for the Collaboration of Manufacturing, Distribution and Sales Sectors was established in May, 2011. Through the collaboration between manufacturers (manufacturing), intermediate distributors and wholesalers (distribution), and retailers (sales), it aims to eliminate inefficient operations from every part of the nation’s supply chains and establish a system which creates new value, thereby enhancing industrial competitiveness and contributing to public prosperity. It holds an annual general assembly and forum and publicizes the details of its efforts over that preceding year. As of July 7, 2017, there are 53 member enterprises on the council.
Division in Charge
Consumer Affairs, Distribution and Retail Industry Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group