LPR has demonstrated its in-depth supply chain knowledge after coming second in The Fresh Connection, a national competition for supply chain professionals. Termed the ‘ultimate supply chain competition’, The Fresh Connection pitches some of the UK’s most experienced logistics professionals against each other in a game to turn around the profitability of a fruit juice producer.
LPR, one of the UK’s leading pallet pool operators, overcame some strong opposition from major FMCG manufacturers, to come second behind Mars in the six week competition. LPR’s second team also reached the competition’s final round, finishing an impressive sixth out of 39 teams that took part.
Jane Gorick, LPR UK’s managing director, said: "I’m extremely proud of both of our teams for delivering such exceptional performance against some the UK’s most renowned brands. Although our bread and butter is specifically pallets, our job is to look at the wider supply chain and how pallets integrate into that so customers are able to benefit from broader more flexible solutions; not just in the limited scope of pallet provision."
It is the first year that LPR has taken part in the competition and it has found it to be an ideal learning tool for further expanding staff’s knowledge on wider supply chain issues and how they interlink.
John Salisbury, LPR operations director and team leader for the second-placed team, commented: "The competition has really broadened people’s perspective on how the different facets of a manufacturing business work and how the best results are achieved through team work and communication.
"As a team, we each took a role that was as far removed from our day jobs as possible to make the most of the exercise. We honed a lot of our skills, especially problem solving and resolving conflict. We were delighted that our much-debated decisions saw us secure second place."
LPR now plans to use the competition as a training tool for more junior team members.
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