Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2020 Supply Chain Top 25

Schneider Electric | May 20, 2020

Gartner, Inc. has released the results from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices.

"In our 16th edition of the Supply Chain Top 25 we have an impressive group of leaders with new lessons to share, including a diverse set of six new entrants," said Mike Griswold, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. "With substantial amounts of the economy closed due the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders need an agile strategy that allows the supply chain organization to sense and respond to changes in the business context as they happen. Our ranking highlights companies that possess these strategies and other differentiating capabilities.”

Cisco Systems scored the top spot in the ranking, followed by Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Schneider Electric and Nestlé (see Table 1). Six new companies joined this year’s list: Lenovo, AbbVie, British American Tobacco, Reckitt Benckiser, Biogen and Kimberly Clark.

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The global economy may be improving, but the fear of a new crisis is never far away impacting how organisations set up and run their supply chains. According to figures from Zurich Insurance, 81 per cent of businesses experienced at least one supply chain disruption last year. Its Global Risks 2015 Report identified geopolitical tensions, in Ukraine and the Middle East, for example, as the most significant threat to organisations in the year ahead.


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