Blog: June 10, 2016

HP earns #17 spot on the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

It’s a huge validation from the world’s top IT research company and our industry’s leading peers and analysts.


Gartner is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, and their endorsement is a big win for HP. We just earned number 17 on Gartner's Supply Chain Top 25 for 2016.

Gartner’s 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

25. Lenovo
24. Kimberly Clark
23. Glaxo Smith Cline
22. BMW
21. Johnson & Johnson
20. BASF
19. L'Oréal
18. Schneider Electric
17. HP
16. Walmart
15. PepsiCo
14. 3M
13. Colgate Palmolive
12. Starbucks
11. Nike
10. Nestle
9. Coca-Cola
8. Samsung
7. Cisco
6. Inditex (Zara brand)
5. H&M
4. Intel
3. Amazon
2. McDonalds
1. Unilever

We did more than earn a spot—in fact we zoomed up 13 spots to stand with other global companies like Starbucks and McDonalds. We even gained a perfect 10 for our efforts in corporate social responsibility (CSR). In 2015, we were number 30.

This is a big deal for our business, our customers, and our partners. It sets us apart as industry leaders and allows our customers to be confident that HP will deliver. More than that, customers want to know that the products they buy are responsibly designed, built, shipped, and reused. A supply chain makes that possible, and a stellar one like ours earns the attention of the industry.

The process

Each year we submit a detailed report about our supply chain, and we have one hour to present to industry analysts on what we think is relevant and important to them. This year, we immediately received an invitation for Stuart Pann, our chief supply chain officer, to be a keynote speaker at Gartner's annual Supply Chain Executive Conference. We knew we had their attention.

The Supply Chain Top 25 rankings are based on public financial business performance and CSR data. There's also a large component based on peer and industry analysts' opinions on a company's leadership in the supply chain community and a company's future potential.

A 10 in corporate social responsibility

In corporate social responsibility we scored 10 out of 10. This is the first year Gartner has included the criteria.

"Mainstream institutional investors are paying greater attention to a company's nonfinancial performance indicators, including its handling of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors."
– Stan Aronow, Research Vice President at Gartner

Gartner’s 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner was deeply impressed by our separation story. The supply chain—delivering finished goods from factory to customer—is the backbone of the company, and we couldn't drop a single order while we split 22 distribution centers and negotiated more than 800 contracts with 112 logistics service providers like UPS and FedEx. At the same time, we split or cloned over 1,000 buy/sell component agreements, negotiated 274 contracts with original device manufacturer (ODM) suppliers, and pulled apart 138 different supply chain systems.


"None of this would have been possible without your passion and performance," Stuart wrote to his team. "Our path to growth and profitability is laid out in front of us and I know it's just the beginning of greater things to come. I am proud to work alongside the brightest minds in the supply chain industry."

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