November 3, 2016
The identities of the winners of the MLA 2016 were unveiled during an evening party organized in Casablanca on May 11, 2016 by the Moroccan Agency for the Development of Logistics (AMDL), in the presence of a great number of representatives of the national logistical community and the presidents of sector-based federations.
The evening was the occasion to celebrate the talents of Moroccan logisticians and the logistical know-how developed by companies in Morocco.
As for the winners of the MLA 2016, they are as follows:
The Logistical Project of the Year Award: Bombardier Aerospace North–Africa
The jury granted the award in recognition of the project dubbed “Optimization of In-house Logistics.”
Bombardier has a store whose configuration, along with the physical and information flow management need to be reviewed in order to adequately handle the overall supply-chain operations.
The project which took four months to complete resulted in the optimization of flows, better management of inventory reliability, the implementation of a new organization, the deployment of a WMS, and, above all, an accurate stock-control.
The project underscores the importance of, and the considerable contribution made to the industrial sector, by a good organization of in-house logistics to ensure better steering of production and a greater control of logistical costs.
Best Presentation of the Year Award: Devcorp
The participants in the MLA 2016 evening awarded the prize to the presentation of the project titled “Logistix—Collaborative Transportation Management System.”
Devcorp developed Logistix, an innovative Transport Management System (TMS) designed for companies operating in terrestrial transportation. The solution makes it possible to steer and optimize the entire activity of the fleet, while offering the client a better service and to the company a better image, together with a significant reduction in costs.
Led by a young Moroccan start-up, the project illustrates the contribution of new information technologies to the optimization of transportation flows, through innovative products such as Logistix, which constitutes a genuine logistical optimization lever.
The Professional of the Year Award: the jury has conferred this award on Mr. Rachid TAHRI, Vice-President of the Transportation Federation and President of the Freight–Forwarders’ Association in Morocco (AFFM).
Founding President of STC MAROC, an International Transportation and Freight-forwarding Company, Mr. TAHRI is also – President of the Inter-professional Transport and Logistics Support and Counseling Group (GIAC TRANSLOG) and Delegate President of the Moroccan International Road Haulage Association (AMTRI).
To his credit, the award-winner has made major contributions to the development of trade-lines related to International Road Transportation and Freight-forwarding in Morocco. Besides, as representative of the private sector, he has actively contributed to the definition and the deployment of structuring projects undertaken in the framework of the national logistical strategy, notably, the improvement of import/export logistics; capacity and skill building; the optimization of urban logistics; and the promotion of logistical outsourcing.
Special Jury Prize: the Jury decided to award the prize to PortNet, the National One-Stop Shop for Foreign Trade Procedures
PortNet is a unified and virtual window on the foreign trade logistical ecosystem, put at the disposal of importers and exporters, without any localization constraints. It allows them to undertake all import and export vis-à-vis the administrations concerned, on the one hand, and to access and coordinate the services made available by public and private service providers in this framework, on the other.
Through this complete integration of the foreign trade chain, a company has an electronic ‘one-stop shop’ to undertake its import and export operations, on a daily basis, in a simple, effective, and innovative way.
PortNet is an effective means to facilitate the foreign trade circuit and improve the quality of services rendered to logistical operators and to foreign trade operators, in general. It makes it possible to optimize the waiting time of ships, the span of time required for the loading, unloading, and handling of goods, at the level of both import and export, through an end-to-end integration of the logistical chain.
The MLA is organized by AMDL for the first time this year in partnership with the Logistical Commission of the General Confederation of Companies in Morocco and the professionals of the sector.
AMDL should like to earnestly thank the members of the jury, partners, associations, and companies whose commitment and active success contributed largely to the huge success of this 1st Edition of MLA. The whole logistical community ought to be proud of the dynamism in the sector in Morocco, as evidenced by the significant number of optimization projects emanating from various areas of the Moroccan economy which are put forth as candidates for the MLAs.