Apple Inc. for the sixth consecutive year dominated the 2013 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 ranking, leading a pack of brand name companies that included many technology firms, according to a statement from the research firm.
In addition to Apple, seven other technology companies made the ranking this year with microprocessor vendor Intel Corp., cracking the top 5 list for the first time. Other companies on the Top 25 ranking from the technology industry this year include Amazon.com (No. 3), Cisco Systems (No. 7), Samsung Electronics (No. 8) and Dell at No. 11. The remaining technology companies on the list include 3M at No. 19, Lenovo Group at No. 20 and No. 24 ranked Qualcomm.
Gartner uses various factors to develop its list of the world’s Supply Chain Top 25, rating them on their financial performance as well as how they are viewed by their respective audiences. The researcher said it uses public opinion to rate the company because this factor “provides an eye to future potential and reflects future expected leadership.” Apple exceeded all ranked companies on the five measures used by Gartner and garnered 75 percent of the “highest possible points a company can get across the voting pool,” it said.
In addition to the ranking, Gartner noted three trends it said characterized supply chain leaders in this year’s ranking. These are: New frontier of performance; New imperative for smarter growth and; Getting to the heart of talent.
"What differentiates the top companies is where they are in the life cycle of these innovations," said Stan Aronow, research director at Gartner in a statement. "The leaders have gone beyond the theory and are now deploying the capabilities that others are just starting to consider. In doing so, they are finding new and creative ways to use these capabilities, exploring synergies and opportunities they hadn't necessarily anticipated in advance. Leaders are discovering that the combination of capabilities they are now implementing brings them to a new frontier of performance, and affords them an entirely new toolbox with which they can orchestrate the optimization of their business and leap ahead of the competition."
Other companies that made the 2013 Supply Chain Top 25 ranking include McDonald’s, Unilever, P&G, Coca Cola Company and Colgate-Palmolive, all of which made the Top 10 list. Click here to see the complete list and download a copy of the full report.
Apple -- AAPL
Intel -- INTC
Dell -- DELL
Cisco -- CSCO
Amazon.com -- AMZN
Qualcomm -- QCOM
3M -- MMM
Samsung Electronics -- 005930