Gartner, Inc. has released the results of its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the results at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, which is being held this week at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Ariz.
"2019 is the 15th consecutive year we are publishing the Supply Chain Top 25 ranking," said Mike Griswold, vice president, analyst at Gartner. "The ranking consists of an impressive group of leaders, including two new entrants, one from retail and one from the chemical sectors.
Colgate-Palmolive scored the top spot in the ranking for the first time, followed by Inditex, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Cisco (see Table 1). Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba, and Dutch chemical company, Akzo Nobel, joined the Supply Chain Top 25 for the first time.
"Colgate-Palmolive’s strong financial performance, combined with its focus on an aligned organisation and impressive work in corporate social responsibility, helped drive the move up from the fourth position in 2018 to the top spot in 2019,” said Mr Griswold. “The company is focused on building a business-first mindset enabled by new technologies, enhanced decision-making and leadership capabilities."
After seven consecutive years of scoring in the top five of the Supply Chain Top 25, Unilever joined Apple, P&G, Amazon and McDonald’s in the "Masters" category, which Gartner introduced in 2015 to recognise sustained leadership over the last 10 years.
"Unilever continues to lead the way with solid digital supply chain processes and operations, including leveraging automation, data science and machine learning,” said Mr Griswold. “The company also recognises the importance of improving digital-enabled manufacturing initiatives by using emerging technologies for maintenance and process control.”
Along with the “Masters” category, the Supply Chain Top 25 continues to offer a platform for insights, learning, debate and contributions to the rising influence of supply chain practices on the global economy.