UPS and Havertys Furniture were among the honorees at the first annual Atlanta Supply Chain Awards, held March 12 at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. Presented by APICS Atlanta, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Atlanta Roundtable, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Supply Chain awards recognized leaders and organizations from both traditional and new digital supply chain backgrounds in the metro Atlanta supply chain community. The Awards hosted more than 160 industry professionals and honored 19 organizations in its first year.

“From the very beginning, our objective was to celebrate successes across the end-to-end supply chain community in metro Atlanta, a.k.a. #SupplyChainCity,” said Scott W. Luton, chair of the 2019 ASCA Planning Committee. “I think we accomplished that objective, and we’re excited to announce details soon for an even bigger 2020 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards program.”

The full list of 2019 winners:

  • Supply Chain Innovation of the Year: Havertys Furniture Companies, Inc
  • Supply Chain Excellence: Exide Technologies
  • Supply Chain Excellence: International Trachoma Initiative from the Task Force for Global Health
  • Freight Forwarder of the Year: UPS
  • Supply Chain Pioneer: Dr. Donald Ratliff, Georgia Tech
  • Sustainability Excellence: Halstead International
  • Manufacturing Excellence: AGCO
  • Transportation Provider of the Year:
  • Sourcing Excellence: Arby’s Supply Chain Cooperative (ARCOP)
  • Warehousing & Fulfillment Excellence: Huddle House, Inc.
  • Excellence in Supply Chain Aviation: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Workforce Partner of the Year: Georgia QuickStart
  • Logistics Culture of Excellence: National DCP and Georgia Ports Authority
  • Bright Future Awards: Karan Agrawal – Georgia Tech, Mira Uchil – University of Georgia, Sunny Patel – Kennesaw State , Mary Julie Johnson –
    Clayton State

Metro Atlanta established its reputation as a hub for supply chain over the course of several decades, growing as the intersection of major U.S. interstates, home to the world’s most-traveled airport, and sharing proximity with the major shipping port of the Southeast. Metro Atlanta is also creating the next-generation thought leaders and organizations committing to revolutionize traditional supply chain networks with digital solutions.

The presence of multiple top universities and colleges in Atlanta is a major contributing factor for the city and state of Georgia’s success in continually leading industry innovation. Companies located in the region have access to the world-class talent being produced through programs developed to train supply chain professionals.

“Georgia has been the #1 state to do business for six years in a row. The presence of world class talent coupled with our ability to train these individuals is what makes us the top state for business,” said Workforce Partner of the Year Award winner and Georgia Quick Start Executive Director Jan Melcher.

The Atlanta Supply Chain Awards featured a keynote fireside chat with Kevin Heath, senior vice president and chief procurement officer for Georgia-Pacific and the creator of the new Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation. Metro Atlanta Chamber Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion Ben Harris led the conversation.