On March 17 the prestigious Hermes Logistics Awards were presented for the fourth time in the Vienna Hofburg. More than 360 guests from companies, politics, science and stakeholders followed the invitation to the “Oscars“ of the domestic mobility industry, initiated by the Austrian Economic Chamber and the newspaper Kurier.
Lukas Schröder, Englmayer forwarding, received the Hermes-award for the Best Apprentice. Last autumn he had won the Skills Austria in his professional category.
DB Schenker Austria won the Hermes award in the Training category for its young.stars.academy to promote know how and social skills.
Hödlmayr International AG received the award in the Sustainability category for its “Go Green – Go Hödlmayr“ concept.
The winner of the categories Safety and Best SME is Saexinger GesmbH, who submitted their 5 pillars model of ADR 2025-certified hazardous goods transport.
In the Next Generation category, Manuel Reif from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Faculty of Management sciences, was able to convince the jury with his Masters’ thesis on modelling and optimising logistic networks by the example of the company dm drogerie markt.
For the first time, all awarded companies were also certified by Leitbetriebe Austria, valid for two years.
For his life’s work and his commitment to the interests of the domestic transport industry, KommRat Carl Ludwig Richard was honoured with a “Hermes”.
In addition to this focus on honouring the enterprises of the industry, there were some more highlights: Among other things, a special Hermes was awarded to Federal Minister Gerald Klug, who took part in this evening gala the first time in his capacity as Minister of Transport. In his speech, he described the aim of his work as follows: “Our goal is clear: We want to make Austria the logistics hub of Central Europe. The key to this are high-performance networks, they are our most important loaction factors including road and rail as well as the Internet. Therefore, we will be investing EUR 25 billion into infrastructure in the next few years”.
To achieve this objective, among others, a working committee on logistics was formed with a dedicated logistics officer as a central contact person, the Minister drew attention to the successful cooperation of his house with the transport industry in creating the General Transport Master Plan.
The Hermes.Verkehrs.Logistik.Preis is awarded for outstanding innovative achievements of companies of the domestic transport and logistics industry. “This evening these entrepreneurs are the stars that operate innovatively and proactively with their services on a daily basis. We want to thank them today and give them their curtain call,” said Alexander Klacska, Federal division chairman.