Chain of Thought

A Look at the Top 25 Supply Chains of 2013


Gartner's ranking of the Top 25 Supply Chains of 2013 is fascinating not only for who made the list, but who didn't.

Like most if not all of you, I wear a lot of hats at work. Besides my regular duties here at MH&L, I’ve also worked in various capacities for quite a few other Penton Media brands, including the flagship publication, IndustryWeek. Over on the IW website right now, you’ll find a slideshow I put together that breaks down the Top 25 Supply Chains of 2013, as determined by Gartner, featuring commentary from yours truly as well as a look at exactly how and why each company ended up on the list.

As we’ve noted here in years past, these “top 25” type of lists are basically popularity contests, which accounts no doubt for Apple appearing at the top of the list for the past six years (by way of comparison, note that just a few years ago, when Blackberry was the cellphone of choice for business users, RIM was sitting pretty in the Top 10, but now is nowhere to be seen on the list. Fame, even in the supply chain, can be fleeting.)

I’ll be writing at length about the Top 25 in an upcoming column for the June 2013 MH&L, but for now, take a look at who finished where on the list, and feel free to add your own comments below about which companies were jilted by being left off the list, as well as which companies probably shouldn’t be on the list at all.

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David Blanchard

During his career Dave Blanchard has led the editorial management of many of Penton Media’s best-known brands, including the company’s flagship title, IndustryWeek, as well as Logistics...
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