Amazon takes top spot in Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25

Amazon takes the top spot in Gartners 11th annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying global supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the findings from the 2015 research at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, which was held in Phoenix (United States) on 12-14 May 2015. “In this edition of the Supply Chain Top 25, we have several longtime leaders with new lessons to share and a number of more recent entrants from the high-tech, consumer products, retail and industrial sectors”, said Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner.

The top five include three from last year — Amazon, McDonald’s and Unilever — one returning leader, Intel, and a newcomer to this elite group, Inditex. Three companies rejoined the list this year after a lengthy hiatus, with L’Oréal at No. 22, Toyota at No. 24 and Home Depot at No. 25. Those familiar with Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25 may wonder why perennial leaders Apple and P&G are not included on this year’s list.

“This year we are introducing a brand new category to highlight the accomplishments and capabilities of long-term leaders. We are, therefore, recognizing those companies that have consistently had top five composite scores for at least seven out of the last 10 years and placing them into a ‘masters’ category, separate from the overall Supply Chain Top 25 list,” said Aronow. “In this the inaugural year for supply chain masters, we want to recognize two companies demonstrating sustained leadership: Apple and P&G.”

Aronow said that both Apple and P&G have made major contributions to the supply chain profession over the years. P&G was one of the first to characterize and embed the concept of a consumer-driven supply chain, and Apple, defining the very notion of a “solution” supply chain, blazed new trails with its demand creation capabilities.

The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015


Rank Company
1 Amazon
2 McDonald’s
3 Unilever
4 Intel
5 Inditex
6 Cisco Systems
7 H&M
8 Samsung Electronics
9 Colgate-Palmolive
10 Nike
11 Coca-Cola
12 Starbucks
13 Walmart
14 3M
15 PepsiCo
16 Seagate Technology
17 Nestlé
18 Lenovo Group
19 Qualcomm
20 Kimberly-Clark
21 Johnson & Johnson
22 L’Oréal
23 Cummins
24 Toyota Motor
25 Home Depot

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