ORLANDO, Fla. — Safeway and Wal-Mart Stores were among the winners of the 2009 VICS Collaborative Commerce Achievement Awards announced Wednesday night by the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association at the VICS/U Connect Annual Conference here. The Awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in supply chain collaboration.
Safeway was recognized in the Supply Chain Excellence category for its collaboration with suppliers, specifically Kimberly-Clark, to improve in-stocks at the store shelf during promotions. Within six months, lost sales during promotions dropped by half, delivering a 100-basis point increase in promotional sales volume for Kimberly-Clark products, according to VICS award judges. This was achieved, said the judges, as Safeway and supplier partners accessed near-real-time data on store-level demand and collaborated frequently, often daily.
Wal-Mart was recognized in the Sustainability Excellence category for creating "a holistic series of sustainability-focused programs involving over 7900 stores, 2 million associates, 61,000 suppliers and 176 million weekly consumers worldwide," the judges said.
Other VICS winners included Lowe’s, Rite Aid, Kimberly-Clark, Whirlpool, Schneider National and eBizprise.
Tom Cole, chief administrative officer, Macy's, received the Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award.
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