Schneider Electric Global Supply Chain recognized with 2020 Power of the Profession Award

Schneider Electric | July 07, 2020

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced it has been awarded the Business Win of the Year Award and best in show Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year in Gartner’s 2020 Power of the Profession awards which “identify and recognize the top Supply Chain and Talent initiatives from the past twelve months that help to elevate the Supply Chain profession.” Gartner announced these awards during a live webinar June 17, 2020.

"We are thrilled to have received this recognition of Business Win of the Year and Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year from Gartner’s 2020 Power of the Profession Awards honoring our Smart Logistics initiative. We believe our transformation efforts in the supply chain are progressing well and that this really gives our team the inspiration to push forward on our Tailored, Sustainable and Connected 4.0 Supply Chain program, together with our partners for our customers. We see the “Business Win of the Year” award as a recognition of our digital transformation and our commitment to our customers", said Mourad Tamoud, Executive Vice President, Schneider Electric Global Supply Chain.

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TuSimple Holdings, Inc. | February 04, 2022

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FedEx | March 23, 2022

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Collaborative warehouse bots are critical to e-commerce success, Shopify exec says

6 River Systems | September 16, 2020

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Shipwell | April 05, 2022

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