Aussie wins logistics 'olympics'

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has named an Australian the International Young Professional of the Year

Aussie wins logistics 'olympics'
Aussie wins logistics 'olympics'
June 14, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has named Australian entrepreneur Leigh Williams its International Young Professional of the Year.

The Melbourne-born founder and CEO of eStore Logistics took out the award at the CILT annual convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in front of hundreds of delegates from around the world.

Leigh Williams was commended for his entrepreneurialism, mentoring other young professionals, and promoting the logistics industry, while developing his own business.

Williams started eStore Logistics in 2008 after difficulty buying and selling products online. eStore Logistics provides end-to-end 3PL services to online retailers and traditional bricks and mortar businesses.

In the past 12 months, Williams’ business reportedly saved clients an average of 82 percent in freight costs, maintained 99.99 percent order accuracy, and dispatched 100 percent
of orders within 24 hours.

CILTA National Chair Andrew Stewart says it is exciting to have an Australian win the international award.

"When you consider that Leigh Williams was up against the most talented young professionals in our industry from around the world, this is a huge achievement," Stewart says.

"Leigh is very smart, but also generous with his time and resources, which is what the judges really noticed. He’s giving back to the industry at such a young age, which benefits the logistics sector greatly, and gets Australian innovation noticed on a global stage.

"This is the olympics of the logistics industry. We couldn’t be prouder."

Williams was thrilled to receive the award.

"It's fantastic to be recognised on a global scale for all of the hard work and persistence I’ve put in over the past four and half years since I started eStore Logistics," Williams says.

Williams plans to aggressively grow the business with new offerings and increased levels of service.

"Order fulfilment is a critical priority for any online retailer, yet many are treating it as less important than site design or marketing," He says.

"The only physical experience a customer has with an online retailer is the delivery of their purchase, and a poor delivery service undermines the whole online shopping experience.

"By increasing the efficiency of this process, while keeping costs down, we’ve been able to carve out a burgeoning niche in the huge logistics industry.

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