This issue we are very pleased to bring you coverage of the Payload Asia Awards 2014, which saw months of preparation, nomination, voting and judging, culminating in a gala evening of fine wine and food, great networking and camaraderie, not forgetting the awards giving of course.
You can read more on this year’s winners, including photos and quotes from a sampling of the winners on not just the awards, but their outlook on the market for the coming months of the new year which is nearly upon us.
The Payload Asia Conference 2014 was also held earlier the same day as the awards, featuring three Round Table sessions, featuring a diverse group of panelists that had a wealth of experience to share. Please stay tuned for full conference coverage in the February issue of Payload Asia.
One unexpected highlight of the Awards Gala, came about thanks to DHL Express. While DHL won the Global Express Provider of the Year award in not just one award category but two – Customer Choice and Industry Choice – a unique highlight came about through the presence of a DHL Express Singapore courier, Ramesh Natarajan.
Invited to stand along side Sean Wall, EVP, Network Operations & Aviation, DHL Asia Pacific, to receive the awards, Natarajan has rightfully been lauded as a local hero for helping put out a fire in a private home earlier this year while out making deliveries.
Noticing flames coming from an outdoor kitchen along his route he instinctively jumped the fence to help the occupants put out the fire, all while calling out to bystanders to alert the fire department. Although the cynical may be tempted to say it was clever marketing, we would like to think it’s a heart warming gesture to give recognition to a largely unsung hero.
We will return again next year with the annual conference and awards in the second half of the year with an even better programme, having become a little wiser with each passing year!
Until then, we wish all of you who are celebrating over the Christmas and New Year season the happiest of holidays and all the health, wealth, wisdom and happiness in the year to come!