Supply chain specialist and ethical family business Oakland International have been confirmed as a finalist in the Checkout National Retail Supplier Awards 2017 to be held at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin, on Friday 24th November. The NRSA judging panel, comprised of acknowledged retail commentators and consultants as well as a number of industry experts, selected Oakland International as a finalist in the Best Third Party Logistics Supplier category. Jenny Whelan, editor of Checkout commented: “Oakland International is a great example of a family-run business that is doing a stellar job at serving businesses both in Ireland and the UK. It's range of flexible, temperature-controlled solutions make it a top contender for this award, and prove that local businesses can compete with the big multinationals.” A multi award winner, BRC accredited (for storage and distribution), Oakland International provides contract packing, storage, picking, food distribution and brand development support for food producers delivering to retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets. Oakland International director Richard Hill commented: “We are thrilled to be nominated in the Best Third Party Logistics Supplier Award category of the Checkout National Retail Supplier Awards; to be shortlisted is a huge honour for the whole Oakland team.” The National Retailer Supplier Awards 2017 acknowledge best-in-class logistics providers, equipment manufacturers, store fit-outs, utility providers, loyalty programmes, facilities management and merchandising teams as being the essential behind the scenes suppliers which help make Ireland’s retail industry one of the most competitive in the world.