Thursday 22nd Jun 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Unilever takes top spot in Gartner rankings

Unilever has come top again in Gartner’s Top 25 supply chains. It is followed by McDonald’s in second place and Inditex in third.

Amazon has been moved into the Master’s category alongside Apple and Proctor & Gamble so no longer figures in the Top 25.

Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner, said: “Despite some striking performances, however, today’s supply chain leaders face a much different business environment than just 12 months ago.

“A general trend toward protectionism, as evidenced by Brexit and the policies of the current U.S. administration, has caused some companies to shift supply network design decisions and create contingency plans in anticipation of new trade policies. Continued investment in innovative supply chain capabilities will be required to meet this changing landscape.”

Gartner’s scoring system relies heavily on opinions – 25 per cent of the total score is down to peer opinion, while another 25 per cent is Gartner opinion.

The rest of the scores come from four generally available metrics: return on assets, inventory turns, revenue growth and CSR. The most significant of these is the Three Year Weighted Return on Assets, accounting for 20 per cent of the total score.

Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chains

  1. Unilever
  2. McDonald’s
  3. Inditex
  4. Cisco Systems
  5. H&M
  6. Intel
  7. Nestle
  8. Nike
  9. Colgate Palmolive
  10. Starbucks
  11. Pepsico
  12. 3M
  13. Johnson & Johnson
  14. Coca Cola Company
  15. Nokia
  16. BASF
  17. Schneider Electric
  18. Wal-Mart Stores
  19. HP Inc
  20. L’Oreal
  21. Kimberly-Clark
  22. BMW
  23. Diageo
  24. Lenovo
  25. Samsung Electronics

Source: Gartner, May 2017

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