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Apple, P&G, Cisco and Wal-Mart Tops Among Global Supply Chains

Thomas Wailgum | March 3, 2011
AMR Research's annual list of the top 25 supply chains names Apple as No. 1 (again). P&G, Cisco and other global manufacturers (Dell) and retailers (Wal-Mart) made the list for supply chain and financial excellence.

FRAMINGHAM, 4 MARCH 2010 - It's all Apple, all the time these days: There was the boffo debut of its iPad in 2010; then unseating Microsoft (MSFT) by claiming the world's highest market capitalization; and finally continuing to bask in the pre-launch hype of its next iPhone iteration.

Steve Jobs & Co. can now add another accolade to the trophy case: Being recognized—for the third year in a row—as having the best supply chain on the planet.

The award is from AMR (AMR) Research's sixth-annual "Supply Chain Top 25" report, and Apple (AAPL) is followed by 24 other global powerhouses. 

According to AMR, Apple "dominates because it consistently brings both operational and innovation excellence to bear in some of the most competitive markets in the world. From a supply chain perspective, the company's ability to ramp volumes both in hardware and software while redefining what a mobile telephone is supposed to be has been impressive."

The new buzzword in supply chain management is the concept of "value chains," and Apple is all over it, states the AMR report.

"Apple has broken new ground in the area of transforming its supply chain into a value chain, starting with the consumer experience and designing its network to serve that master first and foremost," the report notes. "This means demonstrating some of the behaviors we look for in Top 25 companies, including embedded innovation, networked supply and demand shaping."


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