ALAN Opens Nominations For 2020 Humanitarian Logistics Awards

Awards Honor Extraordinary Hurricane, Pandemic And Other Supply Chain Relief Efforts

From hand-made posters to social media shout-outs, there are many ways to honor the supply chain heroes of COVID-19. But one of the most prestigious went live earlier today.

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has officially opened nominations for its fourth annual Humanitarian Logistics Awards.

“Our profession has always been full of selfless people who have gone above and beyond to help during disasters,” said ALAN Executive Director Kathy Fulton.  “However over the past 12 months, the logistics industry has been especially heroic and deserving.  Thanks to the pandemic, Hurricane Dorian, Puerto Rico earthquakes and Southeast tornadoes, it seems 2019-2020 has had even more amazing stories than usual.  We’re really looking forward for the chance to acknowledge them via our 2020 awards.”

Presented annually, ALAN’s Humanitarian Logistics Awards are open to any logistics professional, academic, organization or department.   They are awarded in four key categories, each of which can have multiple honorees.

  • In-Kind/Financial Award
  • Employee Engagement Award
  • Research/Academic Achievement Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations (including self-nominations) can be made via ALAN’s web site  ( between now and Friday, July 10.

“The more nominations we receive, the more opportunities we have to give supply chain humanitarians the recognition they deserve,” said Fulton.  “So we encourage everyone to feel free to nominate the best examples of our industry’s service to others.”

Established in 2017, ALAN’s Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize companies and individuals who exemplify the best that the supply chain has to offer by assuring that aid and comfort are rapidly delivered to communities in crisis.  Previous winners have included Phil Palin, Disaster Relief by Amazon, Total Quality Logistics, Dr. Nezih Altay, Dr. Allison Thompson, The Shippers Group, Estes Express Lines, The Home Depot, MIT’s Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab, LIFT Non-Profit Logistics, The Performance Team, International Paper, Saddle Creek Logistics, Kane Is Able, States Logistics, the UPS Foundation and Jock Menzies.   For a full list of rules and nomination criteria go to:

Founded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ALAN is a philanthropic, industry-wide organization that provides free logistics assistance to disaster relief organizations before, during and after catastrophic events. It does this by bringing the expertise and resources of the logistics industry together with humanitarian organizations so that help can arrive sooner, and each relief dollar can be maximized. Over the years it has coordinated compassionate supply chain services for numerous disasters including hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, health crises and floods. To learn more visit

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