Gartner releases rankings of 2014 Supply Chain Top 25
The China Post news staff
May 27, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Gartner, Inc. released the findings yesterday of its 10th annual Supply Chain Top 25. A primary goal of the Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of supply chain discipline and how it impacts business, according to a Gartner press release from its Taipei office.
“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, said Gartner.
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 (see Table 1). McDonald's landed at No. 2 for the second year in a row, followed by Amazon.com in the third spot, the Gartner said.
Three Standout Trends for Supply Chain Leaders in 2014:
Understanding and supporting the fully contextualized customer, a convergence of digital and physical supply chains delivering total customer solutions and supply chain as trusted and integrated partner are the three major trends for supply chain leaders in 2014, according to the press release.
Growth is a top priority for the C-suite in 2014, with 63 percent of senior executives picking growth as a top imperative in Gartner's 2014 CEO Survey. Leading supply chains are enabling this growth both organically and through successful M&A integration, Gartner stated. At the same time, supply chain leaders are emerging as trusted and integrated partners to business groups. Their focus on profitable growth often leads to smarter, more conscious decision making, saving business groups from spiraling out of control in the drive to maximize revenue, said Gartner.
However, in the quest for growth, many companies are finding that the business models they were famous for dominating are now under attack from the competition. Supply chains have a large part to play in enabling the business to compete for the future, concurrent with protecting existing business, according to Gartner.
The most advanced companies in Gartner's ranking are not afraid to rethink the design of their global supply networks if that is required for success. In some cases, this has led to increased vertical integration where leaders are getting into their customers and their suppliers' businesses in an attempt to dominate value chains, redrawing the lines of competition in the process, Gartner said.
“Deeper contextual understanding of customers, leveraging digital business as part of broader customer solutions and supply chain leading balanced growth are this year's most common trends among supply chain leaders,” said Aronow. “At its 10-year anniversary milestone, the Supply Chain Top 25 continues to offer a platform for debate, learning and helping the supply chain community push the envelope of innovation in its contributions to the global economy.”