Apple tops Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for seventh year

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
22 May 2014

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22 May 2014 | Will Green

Apple has again claimed first place in Gartner’s annual Supply Chain Top 25.

The computer company holds the top spot for the seventh year running, “continuing to outpace everyone else by a wide margin on the composite of financial and opinion measures”, according to Gartner.

McDonald’s takes second place, followed by Amazon, Unilever and P&G. Two new companies have joined the top 25, with Seagate Technology at number 20 and Kimberly-Clark re-emerging at number 21 after a year’s hiatus.

The poll is calculated using a number of measures including votes from peers, return on assets, growth and inventory turnover.

Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner, said: "2014 marks the tenth year of our annual Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. As we reach this milestone, we have several longtime leaders with new lessons to share and a number of more recent entrants from the high-tech, consumer product and industrial sectors in the top 25."

The top 25 are:

1.     Apple

2.     Mcdonald’s

3.     Amazon

4.     Unilever

5.     P&G

6.     Samsung Electronics

7.     Cisco Systems

8.     Intel

9.     Colgate-Palmolive

10.   The Coca-Cola Company

11.   Inditex

12.   Nike

13.   H&M

14.   Wal-Mart Stores

15.   PepsiCo

16.   Lenovo Group

17.   Starbucks

18.   3M

19.   Qualcomm

20.   Seagate Technology

21.   Kimberly-Clark

22.   Johnson & Johnson

23.   Caterpillar

24.   Cummins

25.   Nestlé

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