RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents, a high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, have hosted their first global Supplier Awards to recognise the achievements of selected manufacturers during the past year in four different categories: performance; service excellence; innovation; and partnership. The awards were presented to the four category winners at a celebratory event held at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament from 28th – 30th March 2014.

Siemens was named as the winner of the Performance Award in recognition of the supplier’s efforts to achieve outstanding sales growth in the last 12 months. Siemens has also worked together with RS and Allied to acquire thousands of new customers, and helped to generate an improvement in return on stock.

In the Service Excellence category, electrical engineering and automation manufacturer Phoenix Contact was honoured for attaining the highest delivery accuracy on over 35,000 orders channelled through RS and Allied globally.

The developers of the Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform took the award for Innovation, not merely for product innovation, but also for their collaborative work with RS and Allied on exclusive delivery, preferential launch quantities, and replenishment lead times. Technical and marketing support was also a key factor, including video tutorials, blogs, and joint participation at the Maker Faire inventors’ exhibition, all of which contributed to sales growth on the Arduino range.

The award for Partnership was bestowed to Schneider Electric for working with RS and Allied to develop their largest ever co-operative sales and marketing initiative targeted at customers globally. Schneider is also a strong advocate of the new DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software launched by RS and Allied in 2013, utilising the platform to provide sales support to engineers. The company is closely aligned with RS and Allied on their eCommerce strategy.

“We stock around 500,000 products from thousands of suppliers globally, and we aim to foster close relationships with our suppliers to enhance our offer to customers,” commented Phil Dock, global head of product and supplier management at Electrocomponents. “We have established these supplier awards to highlight and recognise what can be achieved through successful co-operation globally, and by embracing new ways of engaging with and supporting customers through innovative online resources.”