Apple tops supply chain rankings for fifth year in a row

Workers assemble and perform quality control checks on MacBook Pro display enclosures at an Apple supplier facility in Shanghai. Photo courtesy of Apple.


Research and advisory firm Gartner has announced the findings of its eighth annual Supply Chain Top 25 report. The goal of the Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts business results.
Analysts announced the findings from this year’s research at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference currently underway in Palm Desert, California.
“Last year, we noted that companies were starting to invest in resources and assets again, reflecting a newly recovering economy,” said Debra Hofman, managing vice president at Gartner. “This year, that trend continues even more strongly, with many companies investing for growth. The global economic recovery has been uneven and halting in some cases, but, on balance, the result has been expansionary for companies’ bottom lines and outlooks.”
Average annual revenue growth of the companies in the study increased 29 per cent over the previous year. The average return on assets (ROA) and net profits improved by more than 50 percent in 2010, and then stabilised this year, signalling profitable growth.
The supply chain top five included three mainstays

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