How Schneider Electric became Gartner’s top supply chain of the year

26 May 2023

Schneider Electric ranked number one in Gartner’s top 25 supply chain rankings for the first time, the managing consultancy has revealed.

The report ranks company’s on their supply chain management amid high-risk supply chain disruption. The results are calculated through metrics including peer benchmarks to assess their supply chain transformation.

The energy company was followed by Cisco Systems, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, and PepsiCo. Tesla also entered the list for the first time, standing at number 14.

Gartner’s vice president team manager of Gartner Supply Chain, Mike Griswold, said: “The leading companies on our list are notable for pursuing new avenues of growth at a time when disruptions remain a near constant threat. The best supply chain organisations are embracing the moment by both pursuing growth, while also evolving more sophisticated risk management approaches.”

Schneider Electric has steadily climbed the ranks over the past two years – in 2021, it ranked fourth, and in 2022 it came in second, behind Cisco. This ended a three-year consecutive run at first place for Cisco.

Gartner praised the company’s “STRIVE” (Sustainable, Trusted, Resilient, Intelligent, Velocity and Efficiency) programme, which looks to break down silos and seek collective progress. 

It also noted that its Zero Carbon Project – which provides training, resources, guidance and implementation support to participating suppliers – helped enable a 10% carbon emission reduction by the end of 2022.


"Schneider Electric’s work embodies multiple trends we see among top supply chain organisations this year, such as embracing an ecosystem approach that has helped reduce the carbon footprint of some key suppliers by 10% in less than two years,” Griswold said. 


Gartner explained Schneider highlighted three key priorities for companies in the current environment: 

1. Capturing opportunities 

Driving growth amid heightened risks may seem like conflicting priorities, but a strategy that supports recovery from disruption while anticipating risks will position companies to exploit new opportunities for growth.

2. Driving progress 

Shifting from “one-to-many networks” to “many-to-many ecosystems” can help with net-zero emissions goals, regenerative agriculture and supporting living wages throughout an organisation’s global supply chain network. Adopting these systems will require development of partnering and data sharing capabilities, while shaping mindsets to use them.

3. Transforming work

Connecting solutions and people means using technology to automate tasks and improve efficiency. Sensors on factory and warehouse floors, for example, can drive higher efficiency and product quality, Gartner said.

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