18 September 2012

Gartner Announces Ranking of Top European Supply Chain Organizations for 2012

Egham, UK - 18 September 2012 - Gartner, Inc. has revealed its annual ranking of the top 15 supply chain organizations headquartered in Europe at its Supply Chain Executive Conference, currently underway in London. The goal of Gartner's Supply Chain Top 15 in Europe research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts businesses. 

Gartner identified the top 15 performers headquartered in Europe, based on a combination of financial metrics (revenue growth, return on assets [ROA] and inventory) and opinion (Gartner supply chain analyst and peer opinion). Unilever, Inditex, H&M and NestlĂ© were the leaders, which are also listed in the global Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. Six new companies entered the European top 15 ranking this year: H&M, AstraZeneca, Reckitt Benckiser, Syngenta, Roche and Volkswagen. 

"The ranking comprises companies headquartered in a variety of European countries, predominantly the U.K. and Switzerland," said Christian Titze, research director at Gartner. "Top European supply chains span the automotive, chemical, consumer goods, life sciences and retail industries. Leading companies have the right combination of organizational structure and governance to balance global reach with the ability to take local characteristics into account." 

"Earlier this year we announced Gartner's Global Supply Chain Top 25, but regional analysis identifies issues and best practices unique to each region," said VladimirKrasojevic, research director at Gartner. "Supply chain leaders in Europe are focusing on cost reductions, supply chain innovation and the increasing business importance of sustainability, and the need to balance global reach with local needs". 

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 5,000 associates, including 1,280 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. 

Source: Gartner