ICL_logoICL, an IT provider of cloud-based solutions designed specifically for the finished automotive logistics supply chain, has been presented with the Kazien Excellence Award at Toyota Canada’s annual Vehicle Logistics Partners Meeting.

According to Toyota Canada, ICL has shown long-standing commitment to ongoing improvement, reinvestment, and innovation.

The two companies have been working together since 2006. Toyota Canada uses ICL’s cloud-based MatrixSCM solution to manage the transport of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars to dealers across Canada. The ICL system gives Toyota Canada visibility of the transport network from order to delivery, with the ability to track vehicles across all modes of transport, generate estimate time of arrival for vehicles en route, and audit the invoices submitted by Toyota Canada’s transportation partners.

Patrick Donahoe, ICL founder and CEO said, “We are deeply honoured to be recognised for this award. We have learned much from Ernie [Moore, director of corporate logistics, Toyota Canada] and his team over the years, and our success as a company is in large part the result of internalising Toyota’s kaizen philosophy in all that we do.”

Kaizen – or the philosophy of continuous improvement – is a practice that was spearheaded by Toyota, and is most associated with manufacturing operations. Kaizen usually delivers small improvements, but over time this leads to large improvements in productivity and method.