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PD Ports Group scoops prestigious ASDA Supplier Award

The PD Ports Group has announced it has scooped yet another supplier award from one of the UK’s major retailers – ASDA – this year walking away with the overall prize for Carrier of the Year 2012.

It is the third consecutive year that the PD Ports Group, which includes PD Logistics, has picked up an ASDA Carrier award but the first time it has received the overall prize. The award is not open for entries but is given by ASDA to the most outstanding supplier in the retailer’s supply chain based on performance and excellence in service.

ASDA launched the awards three years ago to help it continue to raise standards amongst its logistics suppliers.

Alex Linton, Senior Supply Chain Manager, Global Logistics, ASDA, said: "The award is well deserved by the whole team at PD Ports. It is to recognise the effort that the whole team puts in to supporting our business. They really demonstrate a partnership approach, delivering solutions when we need them.

"Please pass on my thanks to all those in the business that work with the ASDA team day in day out – it really is appreciated."

The award was presented by ASDA’s Supply Chain Director, Gavin Chappell.

PD Ports’ Key Accounts Manager, Kim Catterick, who picked up the award at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on Friday 9 March, said: "This is such an outstanding honour.

"All the other prizes handed out at the ceremony were based on written submissions but to be recognised by ASDA for our performance throughout the year without having to put together an entry is an even greater distinction.

"We pride ourselves on the wide range of services that PD Ports supply to ASDA, from our container terminal at Teesport, Logical Link – the shipping service we provide between Felixstowe and Teesport, and our logistics services, right through to our portcentric business model."

In awarding the prize to the PD Ports Group, ASDA had taken into consideration the fact that its Teesport terminal had undergone a major upgrade and capacity increase programme last year but despite this, the retailer had not been subjected to any service failures or disruptions.

It was also impressed by the cross docking/re-working services offered at the Group’s warehouse facilities in Billingham and Felixstowe, the exemplary shunting service between the port and the ASDA warehouse at Teesport, and the excellent road haulage services.

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