Jigsaw has won the Environmental Solutions award at this year's Food Processing Awards for its work with Premier Foods to promote sustainability by reducing vehicle movements and road miles. The company was presented with the award at a gala dinner organised by Food Processing magazine on Wednesday 25 September. Jigsaw was short-listed for the award alongside Coca-Cola Enterprises, Brunel University and Savortex by the magazine's editorial team with readers and website visitors casting votes to decide the winner.
The Environmental Solutions award recognises partnerships that have demonstrated a real achievement in environmental solutions in the food processing industry. Jigsaw has worked with Premier Foods since 2004 to provide a large-scale managed transport solution for the UK's biggest food producer. The contract was renewed and extended in 2012 with improved sustainability a key objective. Jigsaw predicted that its central planning, network integration, link loading of compatible flows and other efficiencies would save around 3640 loads and up to 750,000 road miles during the first year of the operation with further reductions later in the contract.
Jigsaw operates as Lead Logistics Provider for the fully integrated service with a single, centralised point of contact to manage all transport operations. The integration of network transport operations with a seamless interface between Premier Foods, warehousing, customers, suppliers, hauliers and other stakeholders is key. This is because it greatly simplifies transport and provides all stakeholders with a co-ordinated and highly visible supply network.
"We are excited that readers of Food Processing magazine and our peers from the food industry recognise the sustainability improvements we have achieved with Premier Foods," says Andy Humpherson, Managing Director at Jigsaw. "Like all of our contracts it promotes sustainability and adds value by removing complexity and cost from the supply chain through more efficient use of transport resources and infrastructure."
Founded in 2002, Jigsaw is one of the UK market leaders in the provision of large scale managed transport solutions. Through its unique structure, which utilises the network capabilities of nine regional logistics specialist partners, Jigsaw offers its customers truly national coverage for deliveries of all sizes. The network comprises over 40 locations from Dundee to Glastonbury and in excess of 4000 pieces of equipment.
Jigsaw combines the best of traditional, personalised road haulage with quality management and modern administrative systems without the associated big company overheads. This provides genuine rate benefits, offers national reach and capitalises on the strong, established regional presence of the partner companies.
The company controls and co-ordinates all daily operational activities through its National Operations Centre in Bardon, Leicestershire which allows customers to deal directly with a single point of contact. Its operational board comprises representatives from shareholders and partners as well as the company's managing director.