Celebrating Innovative Solutions

This year, held at The Cloud on the Queen’s Wharf in Auckland, over 100 supplier representatives gathered to celebrate in their successes and innovative business solutions over the past year at the CCANZ Supplier Forum and Awards.

Image from left to right: Chris Litchfield (CCANZ), Andrew Nicol (Agoge), Jim Grafas (Agoge), Megan Gallagher (Agoge), Martin King (CCANZ)

For the last seven years, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ (CCANZ) has celebrated their suppliers, recognising their dedication and commitment to the business through the annual Supplier Forum and Awards.

As market leaders, CCANZ lead by best practice and have aligned themselves with suppliers that operate to the same standard. This mutual cooperation of business values and vision has been fundamental in building strong supplier relationships.

This year, held at The Cloud on Auckland's Queen’s Wharf on Tuesday 11 November, over 100 supplier representatives gathered to celebrate in their successes and innovative business solutions over the last year. A record number of nominations were submitted this year for the three inaugural awards; Supplier Representative of the Year, Supplier Innovation of the Year and Supplier of the Year.

Supplier Representative of the Year was awarded to Shirley Lowe of Energi, a full service agency in Auckland with a focus on innovative activations. Through plentiful nominations, Lowe was recognised for her unwavering commitment to CCANZ and passion for her contribution to the business. Lowe’s focus on the CCANZ account is print work and packaging which is continuously executed to the highest standard.

The two other finalists in this category were Malcolm Davies from Adhesif, specialists in label printing technology, application and production development, and Kim Morpeth from industry leading non-asset-based supply chain management company, UTi.

Smudge Apps, the driving force behind the development of SaM – a sales application – won the award for Supplier Innovation of the Year. SaM has revolutionised the way CCANZ do business establishing the Sales team as industry leaders.

Other finalists in this category were Gough Group, recognised for their value-adding solutions, quality and integrity, and Visy, nominated for their smart and innovative packaging solutions.

The final award, Supplier of the Year, went to Agoge, a recruitment and training provider for the transport, logistics and manufacturing industries. Agoge is a recruitment provider to CCANZ, a key supplier of temporary personnel to the company’s supply chain.

Despite holding a relatively new relationship with the CCANZ (they have been working with CCANZ for a little under two years), the efficiencies and changes that have been created as a result of working with Agoge have been staggering says Steve Aston, CCANZ Auckland Distribution Centre Manager.

Aston adds that working with Agoge has “allowed us to understand a lot more about our people's requirements, and their health requirements, and what we should and shouldn't been doing. It's opened my eyes as an operator. We don't have to force our contractors to come into work; our contractors want to be here. That's been built in partnership with Agoge”.

General Manager of Human Resources at CCANZ, Martin King, says Agoge “continues to exceed expectations every day” working to “build a business partnership based on trust rather than a supplier relationship that’s built on exchanging invoices”.

King describes three ways in which Agoge does this; “First is innovation and creativity. They bring great ideas, fresh ideas and thinking to the table. Two is a genuine caring for people and the community and they demonstrate that every day through their actions and investment into the community and their people. And thirdly, is honesty and openness. They are willing to bring difficult issues to the table. They listen to our business.”

Notable mentions and finalists in the Supplier of the Year category included UTi and Orora, a packaging provider with a key focus on beverage packaging.

Throughout the event, innovation was recognised as a key driver of success for CCANZ and their suppliers, contributing to efficiencies and enhanced performance. Innovation solutions from suppliers have helped to solidify the business as a leader in New Zealand’s FMCG industry.