Apple tops supply chain ranking for 7th straight year

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Research firm Gartner has released the findings from its 10th annual Supply Chain Top 25. A primary goal of the Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts the business.

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“2014 marks the 10th year of our annual Supply Chain Top 25 ranking,” said Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner.

“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 five-ranked organizations in 2014 include four that topped the list last year ? Apple, McDonald’s, Amazon, and Unilever ? plus another familiar leader, P&G.

Two new companies joined the Top 25 this year with Seagate Technology (No. 20) appearing for the first time and Kimberly-Clark (No. 21) re-emerging after a year’s hiatus.

Apple took the No. 1 slot again, its seventh year running, continuing to outpace everyone else by a wide margin on the composite of financial and opinion measures used.

McDonald’s landed at No. 2 for the second year in a row, followed by Amazon.com in the third spot.

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