Saturday 19th Aug 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Apple tops supply chain rankings

Apple has again topped the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 followed by McDonalds and Amazon.

But after that there are two newcomers to the Top 5 – Unilever at number 4 and Intel at 5.

The Top 25 also features three newcomers: Ford, Lenovo and Qualcomm.

The rankings are made up of five elements. A quarter of each company’s score is given over to peer opinion, another quarter goes to Gartner opinion. Three year weighted ROA accounts for another quarter of the scored while inventory turns (15 per cent) and 3 weight revenue growth (10 per cent) make up the remainder.

The Top 25

1 Apple
2 McDonald’s
3 Amazon.com
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

“Leading supply chain organisation are going beyond specific talent initiatives to look at the fundamentals of motivation in their supply chain teams,” said Stan Aronow, research director at Gartner.

“For them it’s about engaging hearts, not just minds; it’s about igniting passion and excitement for the work, not just compliance. These organisation use terms such as wanting to be a destination company, or an employer of choice in supply chain. They’re finding ways to connect individual activity not only to their corporate goals, but to a larger aspirational goal.”

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