May 19, 2020

Test: Top 25 Supply Chains of 2016

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Hewlett-Packard

High-tech manufacturer Hewlett-Packard last appeared on the list back in 2012, then dropped off for several years, reappearing in 2016, largely on the strength of its renewed focus on demand forecasting and perfect order fulfillment, as well as its efforts to be a player in the emerging 3-D printing marketplace. HP is also using artificial intelligence software to improve its order to fulfillment processes, Gartner’s analysts note. The company is also known for its efforts in eliminating human trafficking in its supply chain. It will be interesting to see how HP does in the 2017 rankings, since the company split into two entities late in 2015, and Gartner will follow suit by considering HP Inc. (the PC and printer side of the business) and Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (the services side of the business) as two different companies.

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