Gartner Inc. has released the findings from its 10th annual Supply Chain Top 25. A primary goal of the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts the business.

Analysts announced the findings from this year’s research at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2014 May 20–22 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Ariz., with more than 1,100 senior supply chain executives on-site. 

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Supply chain industry consultant Gina Del Vecchio has spent the past 20 years of her career diversifying her knowledge of supply chains while working for service providers and manufacturers in publicly held and privately owned companies. “Over the past five years, everything has changed,” she says of supply chains. “Customers are looking to access the product and have it delivered in whatever manner they want to have it delivered.”

Del Vecchio began her career with Fritz Cos. Inc., a privately held logistics service provider based in San Francisco that was later acquired by UPS. She later joined the Gymboree Corp., a publicly held chain of specialty retail stores geared towards children, to get a further understanding of how a supply chain operated in a company that made products. “I decided I wanted to deepen my understanding of the total product supply chain and work with a company that developed and manufactured products,” Del Vecchio says. 

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When a truly revolutionary product is introduced, sometimes a major investment is required to capture the new market. Wakefield Canada made the decision in 2010 to invest in production equipment and distribution infrastructure for H2Blu, its diesel exhaust fluid.

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Founded in 1993, Triumph Group has grown by following a strategy based on aggressive acquisition and internal growth. This has allowed the company to take on a leadership role in aerospace design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance.

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Although Toyota Logistic Services (TLS) isn’t the division responsible for making Toyota vehicles, it still plays a vital role in their end quality. 

As the division handling all finished vehicle shipments to dealerships – whether manufactured in the United States or imported – as well as all U.S. exports, TLS employees are often the last set of eyes representing Toyota to see the car before sending it off to its final destination and user. 

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If you want to know what time it is, ask an atom. Atomic clocks base time on the movement of atoms in various gases and are the most accurate in the world. Supplying the raw materials and components for atomic clocks and GPS devices and delivering them to their destinations is the responsibility of Gerry Leo, Symmetricom vice president of operations and supply chain.

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As a veteran of the foodservice industry, Clynn Whitworth has seen a lot of things change. The past 15 years of Whitworth’s 33-year career have been spent as director of supply chain at Rubio’s Restaurants. New and improved technology has transformed the supply chains of restaurants in this country and Rubio’s is no exception. The company started in 1983 as a walk-up stand in the Mission Bay area of San Diego selling fish tacos, now a beloved Southern California staple. The fast-casual restaurant has come a long way since then and though it still carries its Original Fish Taco recipe, it has greatly expanded its menu. 

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EarthLink is changing the way business owners of mid-size companies handle their technology by offering the latest package in cloud computing and information technology (IT) services. Business owners benefit by switching to cloud computing or hosted infrastructure because EarthLink can minimize their risk, manage change and reduce the overall cost of ownership of IT infrastructure, data networks and voice communications for the company.

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