Apple named world's best supply chain

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler is former editor of Supply Management
24 May 2013

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Gartner’s ranking of the top 25 supply chains has once again named computer giant Apple as the best.

It is the sixth consecutive year that the maker of the iPhone and iPad has come out at the top of the study.

Peers ranked it number one, with Apple capturing 75 per cent of the highest possible points across the voting pool – just one of the five measures which comprises the rating. Those in second and third place swapped this year, with McDonald’s following Apple’s lead and Amazon coming in at number three – although peers voted Amazon a close second to Apple. Two newcomers to the top five positions are Intel and Unilever.

It is the ninth time the annual study has been produced with the aim of raising awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts the business.

Alongside some perennial leaders, this year’s top 25 offers three new companies – Ford, Lenovo and Qualcomm.

Debra Hofman, managing vice president at Gartner, said at the heart of the Supply Chain Top 25 is the notion of demand-driven leadership. “We've been researching and writing about demand-driven practices since 2003, highlighting the journey companies are taking from the old ‘push’ model of supply chain to one that integrates demand, supply and product into a value network that orchestrates a profitable response to ever-shifting changes in demand.”

The 2013 top 25 are:
1    Apple
2    McDonald's
4    Unilever
5    Intel
6    P&G
7    Cisco Systems
8    Samsung Electronics
9    Coca Cola Company
10    Colgate-Palmolive
11    Dell
12    Inditex
13    Wal-Mart Stores
14    Nike
15    Starbucks
16    PepsiCo
17    H&M
18    Caterpillar
19    3M
20    Lenovo Group
21    Nestlé
22    Ford Motor
23    Cummins
24    Qualcomm
25    Johnson & Johnson

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