A clear purpose

The SCM World Community exists to advance the profession of supply chain. Our vision is to shape the future of supply chain for consumers, for business and for the benefit of society.

Our History


SCM World started life as a small independent company – the brainchild of two people working in a barn! It all began with a collection of webinars and selling individual licenses to access them.


Dr Hau Lee, Thoma Professor of Operations, Stanford Graduate School of Business, joins as chairman and we started selling company-wide memberships not individual licenses.


We established the SCM World Leaders Forum – the invitation-only retreat for the supply chain and operations elite.


SCM World begins primary research into the future challenges facing the profession – under the guidance of the new Executive Advisory Board.


We redefine community learning launching our three-tier programme and host the first SCM World Live event in America.


SCM World Live goes European with our first supply chain forum in Barcelona attracting supply chain practitioners from right across Europe.


With a fast-growing number of members in the US, we open our Boston office. Our international success story wins a Queens Award for Enterprise and we’re listed in both the Sunday Times Fast Track and Export Fast Track as one of 100 highest growth small companies in the UK.


We’re listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 2016 and named a City AM “Leap 100” company which lists the top 100 entrepreneurial businesses in the UK.

In June 2016, SCM World was acquired by Gartner, read the full announcement here


Now an important part of Gartner Supply chain, the community continues to grow.  A new product suite for Global Chief Supply Chain Officers combines the best Gartner insight, models and analysts with SCM World community content and forums.


In June 2016 SCM World was acquired by Gartner – the world’s leading research and advisory company.

The SCM World community, and the team of people that support it, are part of Gartner’s Supply Chain division which was led by Oliver Sloane, former CEO and Founder of SCM World.

Our Executive Advisory Board of leading supply chain practitioners helps to direct the research agenda of our SCM World community, as well as provide oversight on key strategic initiatives and development plans to advance the profession of supply chain management.