Unilever retains top spot in European supply chain ranking

29 September 2015

Unilever has the best supply chain in Europe once again, according to a ranking.

The consumer goods firm beat fashion businesses Inditex and H&M, which came second and third respectively, in the annual Top 15 Ranking of companies based in Europe, by Gartner. The top three companies were the same as in 2014, and Unilever has been at the top of the list since 2012.

“The top three companies remain unchanged from last year, because they continued to demonstrate market-leading supply chain capabilities,” said Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner.

Gartner said common traits of the top European supply chain organisations included having global scale but being able to respond to local markets, multiple models through segmentation, collaboration, digital experimentation, having a culture of excellence and change, investment in talent and technology, and sustainability.

Schneider Electric, British American Tobacco and AB InBev were three new companies to enter the top 15.

Gartner identified the top performers based on a combination of financial performance such as revenue growth, return on assets and inventory, and the opinion of peers and Gartner supply chain analysts.

Aronow added: “When assessing the supply chain rankings for 2015, we identified some common practices and challenges experienced by leading supply chain organisations in Europe. A willingness to invest in and experiment with technology and digital business models has given the top companies an edge in terms of collaboration, enhanced segmentation and local responsiveness.”

Gartner Supply Chain Top 15, Europe (global ranking in brackets)

1. Unilever (3)
2. Inditex (5)
3. H&M (7)
4. Nestlé (17)
5. L’Oreal (22)
6. Diageo (27)
7. Reckitt Benckiser (28)
8. BMW (29)
9. Delphi Automotive (32)
10. Schneider Electric (34)
11. BASF (36)
12. British American Tobacco (38)
13. AB InBev (39)
14. GlaxoSmithKline (42)
15. Volkswagen (53)

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