Building an Agile Supply Chain

Prepare for and prosper through supply chain disruptions

Supply chain disruptions create multidimensional uncertainty

Economic turns are common in business, but there are many other types of turns, or unexpected changes, that force decisions. Turns can also be geopolitical, environmental, social or competitive.

Unexpected turns may be extreme, and the time to impact may be short due to digital capabilities. They often come in combinations, and increase the need to react on different business vectors and require a high-performing executive team.

Over the past 20 years, only 60 companies across the Fortune 1000 and S&P Europe 350 had consistent year-over-year revenue and margin improvement and long-term growth that exceeded their industry peers
Bad companies are destroyed by crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.

Manufacturing Company

Strategy, cost and talent are the pillars for staying agile

Staying agile through disruption demands contrary measures around cost, strategy and talent. Top performers defy conventional thinking during disruptions, and the most successful take risks during these turns. Supply chain leaders prepare for turns and lead by building agility into systems, processes and decision making.

The 3 Pillars of Supply Chain success: 1. Strategy: Prepare to act confidently. 2. Cost: Establish a cost management approach. 3. Talent: Sustain progress on transformation.

Insights you can use

Gartner’s insights, advice, data and tools help supply chains move beyond the hype of predictions, and prepare organizations to evolve and succeed during a time of constant change.

Prepare Supply Chain for Strategy-Shifting Events

Business executives must prepare to maneuver in strategy-shifting events. This complimentary Gartner webinar reveals how you can build agility in your strategy by strengthening three core supply chain pillars: strategy, cost and talent.

COVID-19 and the Life Science Supply Chain

COVID-19 continues to impact life science supply chains, and supply chain leaders must manage both day-to-day challenges and future plans for recovery. 

The Retail Supply Chain Response to COVID-19

With the continued global spread of COVID-19, retail supply chain leaders need to quickly and effectively identify key impacts on their supply chains as well as how they can both respond in the near term and recover in the midterm

Coronavirus: How to Secure Your Supply Chain

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads rapidly and exceeds the SARS outbreak in 2003, supply chain leaders must mitigate instant disruption and plan for future incidents.

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Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit

The premier destination for supply chain planning leaders

Companies must advance their supply chain planning capabilities or risk falling behind. Yet supply chain planning remains an underutilized resource. Now is the time for supply chain planning leaders to elevate the visibility of the function and demonstrate value to the overall business. Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit 2020 is designed to be an immersive conference for supply chain planning professionals looking to advance their maturity and improve capabilities. You’ll have access to brand-new Gartner supply chain planning research and hear real-world examples from leading organizations having a positive impact on the bottom line.

Every time I come to a Gartner conference I am inspired to not only make my company better, but to make the world better as well.

Executive Director

Global Supply Chain Services, Manufacturing

The power of Gartner Research & Advisory

The Gartner Research & Advisory team provides targeted, actionable insight for achieving your mission-critical priorities. We enable you and your team to save time and money and drive your projects forward by providing benchmarking, expertise and best practices. Gartner’s model enables your organization to grow its internal capability and maintain leadership on strategic and technical initiatives. 

Gartner topic experts

Gartner’s supply chain experts include more than 100 people worldwide. Meet a few of our leaders. 

Michael Uskert
Managing VP
Research & Advisory

David Gonzalez
VP Analyst
Research & Advisory

Geraint John
VP Analyst
Research & Advisory

Marko Pukkila
VP, Team Manager
Research & Advisory

Beth Coppinger
Sr Director Analyst
Research & Advisory

Simon Bailey
Sr Director Analyst
Research & Advisory

Gartner experts are trusted advisors for 2,500+ supply chain leaders and executives

Gartner helps organizations grow and maintain ownership of strategic initiatives. Make the right decisions with trusted insights and objective advice.