Gartner Announces Ranking of Top European Supply Chain Organizations for 2015

STAMFORD, Conn., September 24, 2015

Big Changes as Five of the Top 15 Move More Than Five Places and Three New Companies Join the Top 15 Ranking

Regional Supply Chain Leaders Were Revealed at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2015, September 23-24 in London

Gartner, Inc., has revealed its annual ranking of the Top 15 supply chain organizations based in Europe at its annual Supply Chain Executive Conference 2015, which took place in London this week.

Gartner identified the top 15 performers, based on a combination of financial metrics (revenue growth, return on assets [ROA] and inventory), and the opinion of peers and Gartner supply chain analysts (see Table 1).

"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. "We’re also pleased to announce that Schneider Electric, British American Tobacco and AB InBev joined the top 15 European supply chains this year."

Table** 1 . Gartner Supply Chain Top 15, Europe **

2015 Europe Rank 2015 Overall Rank Company Return on Assets (ROA)1 Inventory Turns2 Revenue Growth3 Composite Score4
1 3 Unilever 11.30% 6.7 -0.20% 5.15
2 5 Inditex 17.00% 3.8 8.80% 4.04
3 7 H&M 26.60% 3.7 12.80% 4.01
4 17 Nestlé 9.90% 5.1 2.00% 2.93
5 22 L'Oréal 12.50% 2.9 2.90% 2.41
6 27 Diageo 9.60% 0.9 -1.10% 1.9
7 28 Reckitt Benckiser 16.30% 5 -3.10% 1.89
8 29 BMW 3.80% 5.4 4.90% 1.85
9 32 Delphi Automotive 12.50% 11.5 2.90% 1.82
10 34 Schneider Electric 5.10% 4.9 4.00% 1.79
11 36 BASF 7.40% 5.4 0.60% 1.73
12 38 British American Tobacco 14.20% 0.8 -4.40% 1.64
13 39 AB InBev 9.00% 5.7 7.40% 1.64
14 42 GlaxoSmithKline 9.70% 1.8 -7.20% 1.58
15 53 Volkswagen 3.80% 5.3 6.20% 1.47


1 ROA: ((2014 net income/2014 total assets)*50%) + ((2013 net income/2013 total assets)30%) + ((2012 net income/2012 total assets)20%)

2 Inventory Turns: 2014 cost of goods sold/2014 quarterly average inventory

3 Revenue Growth: ((change in revenue 2014-2013) *50%) + ((change in revenue 2013-2012) *30%) + ((change in revenue 2012-2011) *20%)

4 Composite Score: (peer opinion25%) + (Gartner opinion25%) + (ROA25%) + (inventory turns15%) + (revenue growth*10%)

*2014 data used where available. Where unavailable, latest available full-year data used. All raw data normalized to a 10-point scale prior to composite calculation. "Ranks" for tied composite scores are determined using next decimal point comparison.

Source: Gartner (September 2015)

"When assessing the supply chain rankings for 2015, we identified some common practices and challenges experienced by leading supply chain organizations in Europe," said Mr Aronow. "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 has outlined below the key common themes of the top European supply chain organizations:

Global Scale, Local Responsiveness — Regardless of industry, these companies all have hundreds of sites, thousands of suppliers and operate in dozens of countries. They are working to set aggressive global targets, but allow flexibility in how they are achieved in local markets.

Multiple Models Through Segmentation — Whether to address new product categories, emerging markets, the shift to multichannel, or enhanced customer service, leaders apply segmentation to create a portfolio of standard models to meet different end-user needs.

Collaboration — Based on visibility enabled by technology, these companies work collaboratively across whatever network is required to achieve the goal. That translates to a focus on making sales and operations planning a true decision-making forum across functions within the supply chain, with internal business partners, suppliers and customers.

Digital Experimenters — Aware of the potential, these companies experiment with new products, packaging and operational approaches enabled by new digital technologies. Leading supply chains are investigating how they can digitalise their supply chain through Industrie 4.0 standards and the application of sensor technology and 3D printing.

Culture of Excellence and Masters of Change — For these companies, transformation is not a one-time project, it is a way of life. In addition to strong Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement, quality, and standardization initiatives keeping a focus on operational excellence, they have dedicated resources to dream up, pilot and drive disruptive change across the organization.

Investors in talent and technology — It is recognized and widely accepted by high-performing supply chain functions that technology facilitates execution. What these companies also recognize is that talented individuals create, drive and develop world-class supply chains.

Sustainability — Leading European companies are moving beyond token environmental targets to operational changes, because sustainability is highlighted in many corporate 2020 strategies. Leading companies target improvements beyond the high bar set by European regulators, with significant sustainability targets and projects affecting sourcing materials, supplier management, energy use, water use, waste, greenhouse gas emissions, product design and packaging design.

More information is available in the research note “2015 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25: Europe Top 15." The European Supply Chain Top 15 results were presented at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2015, held on September 23-24 in London, U.K. You can follow updates from the event on Twitter using the hashtag #GartnerSCC.

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