AMR Research: Apple has the best supply chain; Dell No. 2

Summary:AMR Research on Thursday unveiled its annual ranking of enterprise supply chains and Apple and Dell finished No. 1 and No.

AMR Research on Thursday unveiled its annual ranking of enterprise supply chains and Apple and Dell finished No. 1 and No. 2. 

AMR's Supply Chain Top 25 is a report that ranks companies based on their ability to use their supply chain as a competitive weapon. According to AMR, this year's ranking focused on companies that used their supply chain to monitor demand and adjust to a declining economy rapidly. 

In theory, the companies with the best supply chain management should be able to deliver better earnings and grab more share as the economy improves. 

 

AMR bases its rankings on peer and analyst opinion, return on assets, inventory turns and revenue growth. Here's a look at the comments for the top five supply chain players:

 

And here's the top 25 with tech-related companies highlighted:

1. Apple 2. Dell 3. Procter & Gamble 4. IBM 5. Cisco Systems 6. Nokia 7. Wal-Mart Stores 8. Samsung Electronics 9. PepsiCo 10. Toyota Motor 11. Schlumberger 12. Johnson & Johnson 13. The Coca-Cola Company 14. Nike 15. Tesco 16. Walt Disney 17. Hewlett-Packard 18. Texas Instruments 19. Lockheed Martin 20. Colgate Palmolive 21. Best Buy 22. Unilever 23. Publix Super Markets 24. SonyEricsson 25. Intel

Topics: Dell, Apple, Enterprise Software, Software

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