Top 25 supply chains revealed

The ‘Supply Chain Top 25’ rankings comprise two main components: financial and opinion. Public financial data gives a view into how companies have performed in the past, while the opinion component provides an eye to potential and reflects future expected leadership. These two components are combined into a total composite score.

Gartner analysts then derive a master list of companies from the Fortune Global 500 and the Forbes Global 2000, with a revenue cutoff of £6bn. Gartner then pares the combined list down to the manufacturing, retail and distribution sectors, thus eliminating certain industries, such as financial services and insurance.

The top five-ranked organisations 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 (Number 20) appearing for the first time and Kimberly-Clark (At 21) re-emerging after a year’s hiatus.

Apple took the number one 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 number two for the second year in a row, followed by Amazon.com in the third spot.

Here are the top 25 supply chains 2014:

  1. Apple
  2. McDonald’s
  3. Amazon
  4. Unilever
  5. P&G
  6. Samsung Electronics
  7. Cisco Systems
  8. Intel
  9. Colgate-Palmolive
  10. Coca Cola
  11. Inditex
  12. Nike
  13. H&M
  14. Wal-Mart
  15. PepsiCo
  16. Lenovo Group
  17. Starbucks
  18. 3M
  19. Qualcomm
  20. Seagate Technology
  21. Kimberly-Clark
  22. Johnson&Johnson
  23. Caterpillar
  24. Cummins
  25. Nestle
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