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Unilever tops Gartner European Supply Chain Top 15

Gartner has released the findings from its annual European Supply Chain Top 15, with Unilever leading the way in the continent. Identifying supply chai...

James Henderson
|Sep 21|magazine6 min read

Gartner has released the findings from its annual European Supply Chain Top 15, with Unilever leading the way in the continent.

Identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the results at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, which is being held this week at the O2 InterContinental Hotel in London, UK.

“Europe-based supply chains built on their strong performance in 2017,” said Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner.

“Ten European firms made it into the global top 25, one more than 2016 and five more than 2015.”

In the European top 15, Unilever, Inditex and H&M took the top three spots, in that order. There were three new entrants this year: No. 13 Adidas, No. 14 Roche and No. 15 Siemens.

They replaced the following companies from the 2016 ranking: No. 13 British American Tobacco, No. 14 Ahold Delhaize and No. 15 Bayer.

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“The companies in the European top 15 demonstrated strong growth of 6.8 per cent, which is more than double the average growth of the global top 25,” said Aronow.

“Moreover, European companies scored above average in corporate social responsibility and opinion score performance.”

In line with the Global Supply Chain Top 25, the top trends that emerged across leading European supply chains were digital experimentation, speed to adaptability and a focus on sustainability.

“The bedrock of these successful trends are core foundational themes — common to all leading supply chain organisations — that have created a culture of excellence and relentless drive to continuously improve,” said Mr Aronow.

The full list of the top 15 European supply chains is as follows:

1. Unilever

2. Inditex

3. H&M

4. Nestlé

5. Nokia

6. BASF

7. Schneider Electric

8. L'Oréal

9. BMW

10. Diageo

11. Reckitt Benckiser

12. GlaxoSmithKline

13. Adidas

14. Roche

15. Siemens