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2018 TOCICO Excellence Award Recipients

Tuesday, May 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jana Purcell
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Congratulations  to all the 2018 Excellence Award Winners!

Download the FULL Press Release from the 2018 International Conference in Las Vegas for the Exellence Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards and other important news.

The TOC Company of the Year Award recipient Hitachi 
This award is in recognition for maintaining exceptional, demonstrated results utilizing TOC, in addition to significant contributions to the TOC community. Kauro Watanabe described Hitachi’s 18 year TOC journey through 5 distinct improvement waves, including overcoming financial challenges after 2009. From their DBR implementation at Hitachi Tool in 2000, then using the TOC thinking processes for Information System Design in 2009, then focusing on a flow application initiative in 2012, and a POOGI initiative in 2013, before using TOC as common practice in 2018. Hitachi demonstrated impressive results along the way together with very valuable lessons learned which are today engrained in their operating principles.
The High Growth TOC Company of the Year Award recipient WiseTech Global
This award is in recognition for maintaining a high level of growth, excellence and demonstrated results utilizing TOC over a long period, in addition to significant contributions to the TOC community. Richard White, the current CEO of Wisetech Global, started the business in his basement in 1994 with a staff of four and a credit card. With its leading platform, CargoWise One, and by using TOC as the backbone of its management thinking, the company is this year demanding a $3 billion valuation with more than 1,000 employees and more than 700 customers in 130 countries.
The TOC Implementation of the Year Award - Small Company recipient Merk-Echt: Trademark Service Provider
This award is in recognition of the best new TOC implementation and results over the past year, in addition to significant contributions to the TOC community. The Transformation of a Trademark Service Provider into a Fast-Growing Dynamic Processing Machine by Patrick Hoefsmit and Oliver Hoefsmit

Merk-Echt: Trademark Service Provider is a small trademark agency, 21 people, providing legal advice for Trademarks and designs in the Benelux. Founded in 1999 servicing 6000 clients with over 14.000 trademark and design registrations in more than a hundred countries.

The company’s growth was stalled after the economic downturn to the extent that Merk-Echt was barely surviving. In addition, marketing costs for new prospects where going through the roof. Trademark applications were a paper pushing process that took too much time to handle and too much time to learn.

Patrick and Olivier envisioned an ever-flourishing company, that is attractive to the best intellectual property lawyers and is providing the best services in protecting Trademarks and Designs for original, innovative entrepreneurs.

By creating a new way to attract enough leads/prospects, building a measurement to monitor the (movement of the) Internet constraint, creating a system that gives everybody in the chain a clear priority on his or her task load, automating the constraining process and having the plan to grow in a controlled way allowed them to attain their vision and they have become an Ever-Flourishing company.
The TOC Implementation of the Year Award - Large Company recipient Delta Airlines – Catering Strategy & Logistics 
This award is in recognition of the best new TOC implementation and results over the past year, in addition to significant contributions to the TOC community. Delta catering driven to delight their guests and provide locally relevant and fresh products. Bruce is the General Manager Catering, Strategy & Logistics for Delta Airlines. His role is to drive strategic change in Delta’s supply chain for passenger amenities, beverages, food and other materials. Bruce has led TOC projects at other companies increasing fulfillment from 85% to 99%, reducing supplier lead-times 30-80%, reducing global inventories 20-50%.
The TOC Practitioner of the Year Award recipient Andy Watt – Goldratt UK
This award is in recognition for maintaining a level of sustained excellence and demonstrated results by implementing TOC processes over the past year. Andy Watt is a founding member of TOCICO and a Chartered Fellow of CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport), the owner and driving force behind Goldratt UK, increasing the exposure of TOC to the UK.Andy, a Mechanical Engineer for ten years prior to starting his consulting career, held a number of Senior Management positions within the Aerospace and Defense industry in the UK.

In 2000 Andy joined The Goldratt Institute, training coaching and consulting to companies. He formed his own company Levee LLP in 2004 and took over Goldratt UK in 2007 to provide TOC consultancy across the UK. Since 2004 it has grown to 15 employees and annual sales of more than $1.75M.

Andy is also an owner and Director of software company RopeWeaver who provide TOC based software for Operations, Procurement and Distribution. In 2013 Andy also became shareholder and Director in Tenon Engineering a manufacturing business engineering and producing instrumentation products; including Rheometers and viscometers; which is on a TOC journey to become ever flourishing and has recently bought its first acquisition, Wallace Instruments who sell Plastimeters and hardness testers across the world.
The New TOC Product of the Year Award recipient Demand Driven Technologies: Replenishment+ Advanced Planning Module 
This award is in recognition for successfully introducing an innovative new TOC product to the market. The Replenish+ Advanced Planning Module developed by Demand Driven Technologies has truly taken supply chain planning and execution to the next level. By addressing the different tiers in the supply chain and bill of materials in one cloud based solution some of the world’s most complex supply chains can now be tamed with relative simplicity.