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Never let it be said that The Loadstar doesn’t give our readers the other point of view. Shortly after its most recent publication a month ago, we wrote about Gartner’s annual list of the best managed 25 supply chains in the world (actually, this year it was increased to 27, since Apple and Procter & Gamble had become so entrenched in the first and second places that they have been taken out of the top 25 and given a special entry all to themselves – a “masters” category – and admittedly this smells a little fishy). In this bold blog, self-proclaimed supply chain “shaman” Lora Cecere argues that for a number of reasons, such as comparing organisations from different industries, the metrics Gartner uses do not bear up to stringent analysis: “We believe that what we have in the Gartner Top 25 is a beauty pageant masquerading as a helpful tool to help supply chain leaders.”