Apple world's best supply chain: Gartner

Apple has again ranked number one in Gartner's top 25 global supply chain list

Apple world's best supply chain: Gartner
Apple world's best supply chain: Gartner
May 27, 2013

Apple has
been ranked the world’s top supply chain in Gartner's 2013 top 25 list,
released last week.

Apple topped
the global research firm's
rankings for the sixth consecutive year.

The ranking comes
ahead of
Gartner's Melbourne conference in August, when
a list of Asia Pacific supply chain leaders will be announced.

SupplyChain Review released a special annual report on Australia’s top 50 supply chains in April. Holdings topped SupplyChain Review’s list, which ranks companies based on a cash flow return on investment (CFROI) formula developed by supply chain management guru John Gattorna.

Gartner’s global list ranks firms based on Gartner and peer opinion, return on assets (ROA), inventory turns, and revenue growth.

Apple outperformed other supply chains in Gartner's list by a wide margin on all five ranking measures, and captured 75 percent of the highest possible points a company can get across the peer voting pool.

Meanwhile, McDonald's got the number two slot on the list and Amazon came in at number three.

Apple, McDonald's and Amazon were in the top five last year.

This year, Intel and Unilever joined the top five, while Ford, Lenovo and Qualcomm joined the top 25.

Gartner Managing Vice President Debra Hofman says at the heart of the top 25 list is 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," Hofman says in a company statement.

Gartner’s top 25 global supply chains for 2013:

  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. Lenova Group
  21. Nestle
  22. Ford Motor
  23. Cummins
  24. Qualcomm
  25. Johnson & Johnson

A detailed analysis is available in the report, The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2013.

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