Unilever tops Gartner European rankings for 2014

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Unilever has come top in Gartner’s annual European supply chain rankings. In fact, the top three, Unilever, Inditex and H&M are unchanged on last year.

Gartner Top 15 European Supply Chains

Unilever 1 (1 last year)

Inditex 2 (2)

H&M 3 (3)

Seagate Technology 4 (-)

Nestl 5 (4)

L’Oreal 6 (10)

BMW 7 (6)

GlaxoSmithKline 8 (15)

Diageo 9 (14)

Ahold 10 (-)

Delphi Automotive 11 (-)

BASF 12 (5)

Volkswagen 13 (7)

Reckitt Benckiser 14 (-)

Syngenta 15 (11)

New entrants into the Top 15 list include Seagate, Ahold, Delphi Automotive and Reckitt Benckiser.

The rankings are based on a number of criteria return on assets, inventory turns, revenue growth and the opinions of peers and Gartner.

L’Oreal, GlaxoSmithKline and Diageo also rose up the rankings. Major fallers were Syngenta, Volkswagen, and BASF.

Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner, said: “The underlying trend of an evolving two-speed Europe has become more prominent in 2014. Some European countries have enjoyed continued economic growth with good prospects of mass employment, while others have barely emerged from deep recessions and are battling to sustain economic recovery. Whatever the future might hold for the continent, Europe’s leading organisation will continue to use their supply chain functions to drive sustainable growth, execute consumer- driven strategies, and ensure good governance and corporate citizenship.

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