AMR Research has released its Supply Chain Top 25 report for 2008, an annual ranking highlighting companies that display superior supply chain performance, capabilities, and leadership. This year, Apple traded places with Nokia to move into the top spot (AMR’s Top 25 for 2007). The analysis uses basic public data as a foundation—return on assets, inventory turns, and growth—and incorporates expert and peer assessments of the future supply chain potential of each company.

AMR Research’s Supply Chain Top 25 consistently outperforms the market. Last year, the average total return of the companies ranked in the 2007 Supply Chain Top was 17.89%, compared with returns of 6.43% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and 3.53% for the S&P 500.

The Supply Chain Top 25 for 2008 is:

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

“With companies such as Apple, Disney, and Nike securing their ranks on the Supply Chain Top 25 this year, a new manufacturing model emerges,” said Kevin O’Marah, chief strategist at AMR Research, in the press release. “The old model, relying exclusively on products or services, is increasingly being replaced by a content economy that builds and delivers value with ideas.”

“With its introduction of the iPhone, Apple could have stumbled meeting demand or failed on quality. It did neither,” AMR’s report states. “Behind-the-scenes moves like tying up essential components well in advance and upgrading basic information systems have enabled Apple to handle the demands of its rabid fan base without having to fall back on their forgiveness for mistakes.”

AMR Research is the No. 1 research firm focused on the intersection of business processes with value chain and enterprise technologies. Founded in 1986, AMR Research provides subscription advisory services and peer networking opportunities to operations and IT executives in the consumer products, life sciences, manufacturing, and retail sectors.

More info about AMR Research’s Supply Chain Top 25 report can be found here.

Source: AMR Research

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike” for the heads up.]