Supply chains all over the globe have faced some of the most difficult challenges since the outbreak of COVID-19. Gartner has identified three key trends emerging from the pandemic. These are the “effectively navigating post-pandemic landscapes through excellence in supply chain companies”:
- Integrated and purpose-driven organizations
- Transformation of businesses based on customer needs
- The digital-first supply chain
This Top 10 takes a look at Gartner’s supply chain top 25 to identify the top manufacturers in these areas.
Top 10 Supply Chain Companies
Colgate-Palmolive’s supply chains are focused on transformation. They harness customer segmentation strategies, and new business models and invest in advanced digital technology. These enhanced capabilities have allowed the company to continue growing, becoming more resilient, agile, and efficient. These are the best supply chain companies in the world.
Colgate-Palmolive is not only looking to improve internally but also to reduce its environmental impact. The company shares its innovations openly with third parties such as the recyclable plastic tub – a first.
“During times when disruption occurs, these companies continue by leading by example and provide advanced lessons for the supply chain community.” – Mike Griswold Vice president team manager at Gartner Supply Chain practice
2. Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which began as a simple partnership between three forward-thinking brothers, is today one of the most important healthcare companies on the globe.
The company is a leader in the life sciences industry. Its leadership, operational strength, and innovative expertise have helped it not only to navigate the COVID-19 challenges but also to rapidly scale up its operations to produce a vaccine against the virus.
How J&J helped to Navigate the Pandemic
- J&J’s medical devices company, Ethicon, in partnership with Prisma, made and distributed VESper(TM), Ventilator Expansion Splitter using 3D printing. The entire process took just 10 days from launch to concert.
- J&J repurposed its supply chain to make hand sanitizer. It donated its products to community service and health workers.
- J&J increased Tylenol production when demand doubled in certain markets. They also ran 24/7 production sites to ship and produce critical medications.”As a result of COVID-19, it was the supply chains of strong organizations that we’re able to ensure that people all over the world continue to receive the products they require.”
3. Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric continues to push forward its Sustainable Connected 4.0 Strategy despite a difficult year for many organizations.
The company’s unique supply chain strategy is a combination of people, technology, and processes. It was built on three key trends tailored and sustainable and connected, which are both good for the planet and the company.
“It is truly an honor to be held in such high regard worldwide by our supply chain peers.” We were able to show resilience in a difficult year by leveraging our supply chain strategy, “STRIVE,” said Mourad Tamoud Chief Supply Chain Officer at Schneider Electric.”
Nestle describes itself as an “aligned, agile, adaptable organization that is dedicated to delivering results not only within [the] supply chains but in support of overall business priority,” and is committed to investing in its global supply chains.
Nestle’s Key Focus Areas include
- Its strength in ESG leadership
- Invest in reducing packaging waste
- Adapting to new business models, and improving its supply chain at every stage
Nestle’s supply-chain professionals play an important part in ensuring quality products reach consumers and customers. Nestle says that this is possible because we work with commercial teams to create a demand forecast, and also with chains suppliers around the globe to ensure responsible sourcing of materials.
Intel’s global supply-chain strategy is responsible, resilient, and diverse. This is to ensure that Intel customers have technology solutions that “unlock the potential of data”.
it is listed among the largest supply chain companies.
The Four Core Areas Intel is Committed to Address in the Supply Chain
- Slavery and human trafficking are being combated
- Responsible mineral sourcing
- Reduce environmental impact
- Diversification in the supply chain
“Through collaboration and our suppliers, stakeholders, consortia or fellow travelers, we are increasingly responsible for standardization and accountability throughout all supply chain industries,”
PepsiCo, one of the largest Food and Beverage companies in the world is dedicated to efficiency, high-quality raw materials, and exceptional suppliers in its supply chains.
PepsiCo is focusing more on digital tools and advanced technology investments. To distribute its products to the market, PepsiCo seeks a more integrated and collaborative supply chain that can be adapted to product characteristics, local trade practices, and customer needs.
L’Oreal is a well-known brand for its digital transformation, agility, and sustainability performance. It has been in business for over 100 years.
L’Oreal is determined to accelerate its supply chain transformation and focuses its efforts on three key areas. Agile, Services, and Digital Beauty.
“We’re very proud of this renewed appreciation that encourages us to go further and accelerate our Supply Chain’s transformative transformation,” said Francisco Garcia Fornaro Chief Supply Chain Officer at L’Oreal. He stressed that all the successes and the transformation strategy were possible because of the “strong commitment and incredible drive” of their teams.
Alibaba helps businesses transform how they market, sell and operate. It provides the marketing reach and technological infrastructure to enable merchants, brands, as well as other businesses, to operate more efficiently.
Alibaba is committed to when it comes to its own supply chain.
- Leadership in supply chain sustainability, in particular, the integration of a closed-loop recycle system into its operations.
- Innovation in customer-to-manufacturer product design to increase efficiencies
- Platforms that allow real-time management and control of supply chains
We don’t chase power or size; we aim to build a company that lasts for at least 102 years. Alibaba says, “We aim to build the future infrastructure for commerce.”
AbbVie believes in “the future in mind” and is committed to sustainability, visibility, agility, supply chain, and visibility.
AbbVie was faced with COVID-19 challenges like many other organizations today. AbbVie has worked to overcome these challenges by incorporating real-time transport visibility into its strategy in order to increase agility and improve customer experience.
AbbVie purchases goods and services from more than 56,000 suppliers. Through its Sustainable Supply Chain Programme, AbbVie is also committed to working closely with its supplier network in order to ensure quality and compliance.
Nike believes collaboration is key to improving industrial supply chain standards, working conditions, and issue resolution. Therefore, it is committed to improving standards and monitoring work conditions, and providing sustainable remediation.
We are currently working with many partners, including other businesses, suppliers, governments, multistakeholder organizations, unions, and civil society organizations to address risks and improve the resilience and ability of our supply chains.