Wednesday, June 03, 2009
AMR's Top 25 Highs and Lows
It's become almost an annual ritual, similar to the Fortune 500, the top billionaires and the AMR Top 25 Supply Chain report. No joking, what AMR has done with the top 25 over the years has done plenty in getting supply chains the recognition it deserves. Here are some of the highs and lows from my view.
Putting on my IBM hat, it's great to see we are still in the top 5. This year we climbed a spot to #4. I am particularly glad to see the reference to IBM's "people supply chain", which is just as complex as a hardware supply chain.
One company I am glad to not see in the list this year is Zara, the Spanish clothing retailer. While they are second to none in getting clothes from the catwalk to the shop floor, they suffer in quality and anyone that shops at Zara would back me up here.
Apple continues to hold the #1 spot.
Toyota is also curious at #10. This article in MarineLog reported that "Toyota had to rent a boat in Sweden to store 2,500 extra cars from inventory."
But overall I tip my hat to AMR and look forward to the next top 25 in 2010.