Gartner 2018: Supply Chain Top 25 which identifies industry “best practices”

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Barcelona, May 25, 2018.- The logistics industry has long-awaited annual appointments in the calendar. One of them is the Gartner Report on the first 25 companies with best logistics practices. It is about knowing the innovations that will mark the dynamics of the logistics sector. For example, in 2018 the reference is the digitization of the supply chain. The annual ranking of Gartner has in 2018 the following winners.

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Gartner, Inc.’s annual Supply Chain Executive Conference held last week in Phoenix, AZ provided the platform for the release of its Supply Chain Top 25, which identifies industry “best practices.”

Unilever scored the top spot for the third year in a row, followed by Inditex, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive and Intel. Home Depot rejoined the ranking after a three-year hiatus, while Novo Nordisk and Adidas joined the Supply Chain Top 25 for the first time.

“The ranking consists of an impressive group of leaders with valuable lessons to share, including three recent entrants from the life sciences, retail and consumer products sectors,” said Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner. Longtime supply chain leader and last year’s runner-up McDonald’s joined Apple, P&G and Amazon in qualifying for the “Masters” category, which Gartner introduced in 2015 to recognize sustained leadership over the last 10 years.

Guy Courtin, vice president of industry & solution strategy for Infor Retail, was among those executives attending the Gartner event. He told SCMR in an interview that the “main takeaway” for him was the discussion on digitization. “At this point, a retailer has either embraced it completely, or has accelerated plans to implement it soon. For the laggards, it may be too late.”

He said that the same holds true for the food services industry, which was echoed by Gartner:

“The key to McDonald’s success is skillful orchestration across a network of strategic suppliers, service providers and thousands of companies and franchise-owned stores worldwide,” said Aronow. “The company is also experimenting with digital supply chain capabilities like augmented reality to manage storerooms, so staff can spend more time with the customer.”

Gartner, Inc. has released the results of its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices, with Unilever retaining top spot for the third year running.

Gartner Top 25 SCM 2018

Gartner Top 25 Supply Chain 2018

It was followed by Inditex, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive and Intel, with Home Depot rejoined the ranking after a three-year hiatus, while Novo Nordisk and Adidas joined the Supply Chain Top 25 for the first time.

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, AZ.

Stan Aronow, Research Vice President, Gartner, said: “The ranking consists of an impressive group of leaders with valuable lessons to share, including three recent entrants from the life sciences, retail and consumer products sectors.

“Looking back at 2017, we experienced a year of healthy growth, despite heated trade rhetoric. Now, in 2018, protectionism is spreading in response to announced moves by the US and the UK, among others. 

“This has led many organisations to re-evaluate the location strategy for their supply networks. We also see strong growth constraining available supply in many geographies, increasing the cost of logistics and labour. The most advanced supply chains are proactively managing these risks and continue to post solid performances.”

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Aronow continued: “Unilever has a strong supply chain brand, which is reflected by its top-tier opinion poll score. It also received a perfect 10 for corporate social responsibility.

“The Dutch consumer products leader is making big bets in the digitisation of its supply chain. A key initiative is robotic process automation supporting the order-to-cash process, run from its regional service control towers. Its more than 20 ‘bots’ have already automated hundreds of processes, with a roadmap for hundreds more.”

Long-time supply chain leader and last year’s runner-up McDonald’s joined Apple, P&G and Amazon in qualifying for the “Masters” category, which Gartner introduced in 2015 to recognise sustained leadership over the last 10 years.

“The key to McDonald’s success is skillful orchestration across a network of strategic suppliers, service providers and thousands of companies and franchise-owned stores worldwide,” said Aronow

“The company is also experimenting with digital supply chain capabilities like augmented reality to manage storerooms, so staff can spend more time with the customer.”

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This information has been manufactured thanks to the reports of the magazines Supply Chain Digital and Supply Chain Management Review

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