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Last week supply chain IT provider and consultancy Gartner released its annual rating of the top 25 supply chains in the world. Anyone who has followed this in recent years will not be surprised by which companies make the list – and this year is no exception. In fact the real difference, is that so entrenched in the number one and two places had Apple and Procter & Gamble become that they have been taken out of the top 25 and given a special category all to themselves – a “masters” category. Otherwise, the top 25 generally remains the preserve of the leading blue-chip hi-tech, retail and manufacturing multinationals. But why? This blog argues that the key to supply chain success is speed.