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The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2011

Gartner2011 marks the seventh year of our annual Supply Chain Top 25 report. The goal of this research has always been to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts business. Here, we reveal the results of this year’s ranking and discuss where the Supply Chain Top 25 is heading in the future.

Key Findings

The Top 5 include three mainstays — Apple, Dell and P&G — and two that joined the list for the first time last year—Research In Motion (RIM) and Amazon. Four new companies joined the list this year: Nestle, Starbucks, 3M and Kraft Foods. Four key themes emerged this year among the leaders, including how they deal with volatility, their approaches to value chain network integration, their focus on sustainable execution and their abilities to orchestrate.

Recommendations

Develop supply chain processes and methodologies throughout your trading partner network that will provide the resiliency to deliver predictable results in the face of ongoing volatility. Supplement a clearly articulated, long-term value chain vision with strong, agile, and sustainable execution capabilities. Push your team to think differently and go beyond conventional wisdom to push the boundaries on performance levels. Measure your supply chain as your customers experience it. Develop the capability to internalize customer needs, and proactively build customer feedback into your supply chain design. Step back and consider the basic supply chain capabilities you need, as well as the innovations that will differentiate your performance. Ensure the sustainability of your efforts and initiatives through a constant focus on governance, change management and culture.

 

Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2011 Link

Top 5 from report

1 Apple

2 Dell

3 P&G

4 Research In Motion (RIM)

5 Amazon

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