Walmart, Kroger, Costco top retail sales list

Walmart, Kroger and Costco grabbed the top three spots in this year's STORES Magazine and Kantar Retail's listing of Top 100 retailers by sales.

The winners have mostly kept their rankings in the top 10 for the past few years due to their ability to connect with consumers on an omnichannel level, including strategies such as buy online, pickup in-store; mobile shopping; and same-day shipping.

The remaining top 6 spots went to The Home Depot, Walgreens, Target, CVS Caremark, Lowe's and Amazon, all retailers familiar to the top of the rankings list.

"The biggest retailers continue to get bigger because they embrace change," said Susan Reda, editor of STORES Media. "Every one of the top companies maintains a razor-sharp focus on addressing shifting consumer behaviors and is embracing changes in technology—in particular the digital landscape. It's an amazing time to be in retail."

A new addition to the top 100 included Hudson's Bay Company (No. 80) due to the purchase of Saks and Lord & Taylor. The department store operator grew sales 254 percent in 2014 from the previous year, and reported digital sales were up 35 percent in the first quarter alone. Also new to the list was Domino's (No. 94), Chipotle (No. 96), and Jack in the Box (No. 84).

Moving up on the list, Wegmans went from No. 62 to No. 57 in 2015; Sherwin-Williams, up seven spots to No. 68; and Dick's Sporting Goods moved from No. 69 to No. 62.

"Both the Top 10 and the rapid climbers in the Top 100 show a commitment to innovation in both the physical and digital worlds," said Bryan Gildenberg, Kantar Retail's chief knowledge officer. "For most of these retailers save Amazon, well over 90 percent of their business is still store-based, so omnichannel innovation needs to be integrated into the store and the online experiences seamlessly. In particular, innovations in format and store design, value communication and shopper engagement across all channels are key to growth and success."

For more:
-See this National Retail Federation press release

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