Meet the 2020 Power of the Profession Finalists

By December 16, 2019Beyond Supply Chain
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Working in supply chain used to be a grind. Our teams were relegated to the backroom and expected to reliably deliver cost savings, all without missing a beat for the customer. Today’s leading chief supply chain officers report to the CEO and manage expanded portfolios with strong influence over product design, customer experience and other domains well beyond traditional operations.

Our customers still demand better, faster and cheaper, but also transparency and performance in running ethical and sustainable operations. Supply chain is the place where this complex bill of requirements gets filled, on the regular.

Six years ago, SCM World created a celebration, reflection and recognition program to elevate the supply chain profession and give well-deserved recognition to the exemplars of our community. Now part of Gartner’s Supply Chain Excellence recognition programs, the Power of the Profession (POTP) Awards remain focused on the twin goals of recognizing breakthrough performance and sharing lessons learned along the way.

These awards are completely community-based and we want to extend a big THANK YOU to all of you in the supply chain profession who voted for our finalists this year.

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There are two main categories of awards, each with three subcategories:

Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year

  • Customer or Patient Innovation of the Year: Supply chain initiative that has created a more valuable customer/patient experience and achieved a positive, quantifiable impact on loyalty.
  • Business Win of the Year: Supply chain initiative that has contributed outstanding top-line business performance, profitable growth, savings and/or given a distinct competitive edge.
  • Social Impact of the Year: Supply chain initiative that has achieved a positive, quantifiable impact on society, local communities and/or the environment.

Talent Breakthrough of the Year

  • Talent Diversity Champion of the Year: Supply chain talent program that has resulted in a more diverse and engaged workforce throughout the supply chain organization.
  • Talent Payback of the Year: Supply chain talent initiative that has driven tangible revenue growth, cost savings, product innovation or outstanding customer satisfaction metrics.
  • Talent Partnership of the Year: Supply chain talent initiative that has extended capability development across the value chain, quantitatively driving value internally and/or externally with suppliers and partners.

We are thrilled to announce this year’s POTP finalists!

Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year:

  • Colgate-Palmolive: Reducing impact on the environment through TRUE Zero Waste certification. Enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, reducing carbon footprints and costs, and supporting public health.
  • Hershey’s: Sweet to its Core: A unique segmentation strategy to deliver world-class service. Unlocked top-line growth and margins through segmentation based on product characteristics, enabled expanded distribution and leveraged innovative techniques to drive core product sales.
  • Lenovo: Sustainable Low-Temperature Soldering has never been cooler. Invented and open-sourced a technology that lowers the heat required to make laptop motherboards, yielding 35% lower power consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Ralph Lauren: Transforming the value chain with serialized digital product identities. Using a unique digital product identifier to offer valuable product information and recommendations to end consumers.
  • Rush University Medical Center: Re-engineering replenishment for total value and patient outcomes. An end-to-end supply chain solution leveraging new distribution partners, replenishment techniques and improved cross-functional coordination, that also supports Rush’s local community.
  • Schneider Electric: Smart Logistics. Platform delivering increased performance and customer visibility of the end-to-end customer fulfillment process.

Talent Breakthrough of the Year:

  • Bayer: Boosting local qualification and employability in Argentina. Offering free skills training to members of the community in partnership with local non-governmental organizations.
  • Cisco: More than numbers. A comprehensive global inclusion and talent strategy driving diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization.
  • HP Inc.: Evolving from supply chain academy to digital fitness academy. Retooling and expanding academy participants and curricula to propel the digital workforce of the future.
  • Intel: Building strategic advantage through analytic fluency and skillsets. A comprehensive training and coaching program boosting analytical capabilities in supply chain.
  • Intermountain Healthcare: Where the disabled are enabled, and minorities feel like majorities. Creative solutions to expand work opportunities for underserved communities.
  • Johnson & Johnson: Fast track ideas to life with visibility, speed and passion for customers. Unlocking supply chain innovation in a massive global workforce.


Congratulations to all of this year’s Power of the Profession finalists! Heading into 2020, our panel of executive judges will be selecting the winners for each award category from this distinguished group of finalists.

We look forward to celebrating the best of the supply chain community at our big winner reveal at Gartner’s San Diego Peer Forum on March 3!

Stan Aronow,
VP Distinguished Advisor,
Gartner Supply Chain
[email protected]



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