Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2019 Supply Chain Top 25

Colgate-Palmolive Takes Top Spot, Unilever Joins the "Masters" Category

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Among the most anticipated announcements coming from last week's Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, AZ, was the annual “Supply Chain Top 25,” which identifies and highlights industry leaders.

Colgate-Palmolive scored the top spot in the ranking for the first time, followed by Inditex, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Cisco. 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 organization and impressive work in corporate social responsibility, helped drive the move up from the fourth position in 2018 to the top spot in 2019,” says vice president, analyst at Gartner, Mike 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 recognize 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,” says Griswold. “The company also recognizes the importance of improving digital-enabled manufacturing initiatives by using emerging technologies for maintenance and process control.”
Steve Dowse is Senior Vice President, Product Management for Blume Global, told SCMR in an interview that leading industry players are leveraging “big data” to drill down to “domain expertise.”

“This kind of process keeps the supply chain manager from being overwhelmed with information,” he says. “This is particularly true when it comes to financial settlement.” Blume Global, a digital supply chain consultancy and provider, was recognized by Gartner in its “Market Guide for Real-Time Visibility Providers” earlier this year.

Table 1. The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2019

Rank

Company

Peer Opinion1
(162 voters)
(25%)

Gartner Opinion1
(38
voters)
(25%)

Three-
Year Weighted ROA2
(20%)

Inventory Turns3
(10%)

Three-
Year Weighted Revenue Growth4
(10%)

CSR Component Score5
(10%)

Composite Score6

1

Colgate-Palmolive

961

347

19.9%

5.0

-0.2%

10.00

4.88

2

Inditex

1,091

341

16.2%

3.8

6.5%

10.00

4.80

3

Nestle;

1,262

374

6.9%

4.8

1.2%

10.00

4.27

4

PepsiCo

997

368

11.7%

9.0

1.2%

8.00

4.22

5

Cisco Systems

 

699

 

518

 

4.0%

 

10.2

 

0.7%

 

10.00

 

4.13

6

Intel

576

454

12.4%

3.7

9.6%

6.00

4.12

7

HP Inc.

293

353

11.7%

8.2

7.3%

10.00

3.81

8

Johnson & Johnson

 

737

 

348

 

7.6%

 

3.1

 

5.8%

 

10.00

 

3.80

9

Starbucks

900

167

19.3%

12.7

9.0%

4.00

3.74

10

Nike

1,194

186

13.3%

3.9

6.0%

4.00

3.73

11

Schneider Electric

 

677

 

256

 

5.4%

 

4.9

 

0.7%

 

10.00

 

3.71

12

Diageo

625

404

9.8%

0.9

4.3%

10.00

3.44

13

Alibaba

1,095

72

10.6%

23.4

52.6%

0.00

3.43

14

Walmart

1,415

268

4.6%

8.6

2.5%

5.00

3.40

15

L’Oréal

858

229

9.9%

2.7

3.6%

8.00

3.38

16

H&M

582

155

13.7%

2.7

5.1%

10.00

3.35

17

3M

597

192

14.3%

3.8

3.2%

8.00

3.34

18

Novo Nordisk

 

86

 

54

 

36.4%

 

1.1

 

0.8%

 

10.00

 

3.31

19

Home Depot

 

402

 

124

 

22.2%

 

5.0

 

7.0%

 

5.00

 

3.29

20

Coca Cola Company

 

1,329

 

196

 

5.8%

 

4.2

 

-10.7%

 

6.00

 

3.13

21

Samsung Electronics

 

748

 

83

 

13.2%

 

9.8

 

8.7%

 

7.00

 

3.05

22

BASF.

597

252

6.4%

3.9

-0.6%

8.00

2.89

23

Adidas

714

172

9.2%

3.2

7.9%

5.00

2.75

24

Akzo Nobel

137

0

20.9%

4.6

-8.6%

8.00

2.61

25

BMW

733

131

3.8%

3.8

1.3%

10.00

2.57

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