Gartner has released the results of its annual Supply Chain Top 25, which is designed to identify leaders in the field and celebrate best practice.
Colgate-Palmolive scored the top spot in the ranking for the first time, while Alibaba and Akzo Nobel both made their debut in the shortlist.
“Colgate-Palmolive’s strong financial performance, combined with its focus on an aligned organization and impressive work in corporate social responsibility, helped drive the move up from the fourth position in 2018 to the top spot in 2019,” said Mike Griswold, Vice President, Analyst at Gartner. “The company is focused on building a business-first mindset enabled by new technologies, enhanced decision-making and leadership capabilities.”
Meanwhile, Unilever joined the likes of P&G and Amazon in the Masters category after seven consecutive years in the top 5.
“Unilever continues to lead the way with solid digital supply chain processes and operations, including leveraging automation, data science and machine learning,” said Griswold. “The company also recognizes the importance of improving digital-enabled manufacturing initiatives by using emerging technologies for maintenance and process control.”
Johnson & Johnson was ranked 8th while L’Oréal came in at 15 and BASF was listed in the 22nd spot.