Amazon makes top 10 retailers list

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) joins the National Retail Federation's (NRF) list of top 10 retailers in the United States. At No. 9, it is the only pure e-commerce retailer to make the list.

Last year Amazon was beat out by Walmart (NYSE:WMT)–Amazon's total online sales increased by 20 percent while Walmart's were up by 30 percent, reports NRF. But not this year: Amazon topped online retailers Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) and Walmart, climbing from the No. 11 spot on last year's list.

Amazon added about $10 billion in Internet retail sales last year, bringing the total to $44 billion in 2013. Sales were up 27 percent from 2012 to 2013, reported the International Business Times.

"Amazon is spreading its roots beyond its core of online retail, yet the impact this Seattle-based behemoth has had on the changing face of retail is unmistakable," Susan Reda, Stores editor said in a statement. "Breaking into the top 10 is an impressive feat that speaks to Amazon.com's growth. Notable as that is, brick-and-mortar retailers are keeping pace by continuously reinventing themselves to better serve today's anything-anywhere shopper."

In total sales however, Amazon was still behind big players such as Walmart, Kroger (NYSE:KR), Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and Target (NYSE:TGT).

But who knows for how long. Amazon in the past month alone has launched several new ventures including a recent jump into monetizing Twitter. Shoppers can now link to their Amazon account and place items in their shopping basket by responding to a tweet with an item bearing the hashtag #AmazonCart. In addition, the e-retailer recently launched a takeout food service as part of its Amazon Local program.

For more:
-See this NRF article
-See this International Business Times article

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