Supply Chain Awards

The Gartner Power of the Profession Awards

Celebrate the initiatives that create a supply chain impact

The Gartner Power of the Profession Awards are a community-led recognition of the most impactful supply chain initiatives every year.  

Selected exclusively by the supply chain community and a panel of top chief supply chain officers, these awards encourage the community to identify standout business and talent initiatives to advance the supply chain profession.

Submissions from the 2020 Power of the Profession Awards are automatically eligible for consideration in the 2020 Chainnovators Awards.

Announced! Power of the Profession Finalists

After participating in these awards, I can see now why sharing stories across the industry lifts up the entire profession.

Donna Warton

General Manager, Devices Supply Chain, Microsoft

How the community celebrates the profession

Two major categories, with three subcategories each, focus on advancing the profession:

Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year

  • Customer Innovation
  • Business Win
  • Social Impact

Talent Breakthrough of the Year

  • Talent Diversity
  • Talent Payback
  • Talent Partnership
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Insights from last year's winners

Gartner’s Power of the Profession Awards recognizes exemplar supply chain and talent breakthroughs that help to elevate the power of the supply chain profession.

2019 Talent Partnership and Top Talent Breakthrough of the Year

GE Appliances wins by leading a community to develop skilled manufacturing workers by articulating issues, identifying potential solutions and marshaling resources. The pipeline of community workers has grown considerably, and the program is well on its way to the goal of creating a better future for all.

2019 Business Win and Top Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year 

Levi’s wins by developing a new operating model to address long lead times, missed sales and unproductive inventory. By using laser technology and rearranging design and production, it finishes jeans later in the process, reducing time to market and decreasing the environmental impact.

2019 Talent Diversity Champion of the Year

Microsoft wins by building a diverse workforce behind a mission to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” The program seeks out diversity, built relationships and invested time with students at diverse schools and created a culture to meet diverse needs.

2019 Talent Payback of the Year

Agilent Technologies wins through its OFS Academy, which instituted a supply chain learning and development program for nearly 3,000 employees in its manufacturing and supply chain. The program leaves no one behind, and among many results, has delivered top industry benchmarks for its employee survey.

2019 Social Impact of the Year

Dell wins through its 2020 Legacy of Good initiative, taking a leadership role in addressing global environmental sustainability challenges. It takes a circular approach, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using recyclable or compostable packaging and recovering used electronics.

2019 Customer or Patient Innovation of the Year

Merck wins by seeking to improve access to its critical vaccines worldwide, establishing a global organization dedicated to supplier development and performance management. This led to significant performance improvements in supplier shipments and disruptions.

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Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™

The World’s Most Important Gathering of CSCOs and Supply Chain Executives

Turn your vision into action at Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™ 2020, where chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) and their leadership teams gain a strategic view of the trends disrupting their business. Through collaboration with Gartner experts, thought leaders, industry peers and solution providers, explore new ways to approach your most critical challenges and achieve greater impact as a leader. The Gartner 2020 Power of the Profession Awards ceremony will take place in May 2020 as part of the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/XpoTM.

Before coming to this conference, I thought I’d get information on how supply chains run in different companies. It exceeds my expectations on digitalization — what it means and how to get there. I gain a lot from this conference and am able to link up with like-minded peers.

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

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VP, Distinguished Advisor,
Products & Services

Mark Atwood
Managing VP,
Research & Advisory

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Director, Program Managment
Research & Advisory

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VP Analyst,
Research & Advisory

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