The Top 100 Retailers

Stores magazine just put out its list of top 100 retailers by revenue. Wal-Mart of course, is on top, followed by Kroger, Costco, Home Depot, Target, Walgreen, CVS, Lowe’s, Sears Holdings and Best Buy in descending order.

Though it’s by no means a new phenomenon, we still get blown away by Wal-Mart’s Shaq-like size. Its nearly $406 billion in revenue last year exceeds that of the next five retailers on the list COMBINED.

Wal-Mart is also making news for its support of employer-mandated health care, which is facing opposition from the National Retail Federation, which puts out Stores. We’re not going to weigh in on the health care debate (you readers are welcome to do that), but we admire that the NRF isn’t afraid to stand up to what must be one of its largest members.

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12 Responses to “The Top 100 Retailers”


  1. 1 James July 15, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Good for Walmart! Health care reform is decades past due. We are the only western democracy without a government sponsored healthcare alternative. A government alternative insurance plan must be made available to:
    1) rein in this industries outrageous and year after year cost excesses, 2)create a competitive alternative that private providers will have to match, 3) but a stop to rampant abuses in the insurance industry practice of denying policy coverage just when it is most critically needed.
    Under the current system Health cost is a huge tax on everyone! If the NRF wants to see consumers with more spendable dollars they should support Mr. Obama’s efforts. The NRF is once again completely out of touch. The health industry can not continue to pass on annual 12% compounding increases for its services. That money is coming directly out of the pockets of shoppers.
    It is refreshing to say the least to see WALMART TAKE THE LEAD on an employee related issues like this. Also I doubt that his move is solely politically motivated, I have to believe that Walmart has studied this issue eight ways to Sunday and they have concluded employer mandated health insurance is good for them.

  2. 2 dealmaker July 15, 2009 at 8:14 am

    For a company that in recent years has maxed out their ability to grow at leaps and bounds domestically…and wiped out a lot of retail in it’s path to stardom (their combined sales exceed that of the next 5 retailers), the tranparency of the health care issue is far too obvious. Saddling all remaining competitors with the additional burden of health care..regardless of size…is far too obvious. Combine this with currying favor with the Obama administration..surely won’t hurt them, especially in light of their current efforts to maintain the new found recession era market share from buy downs…and invest enough ammassed capital to initiate one of the largest expansion programs in the history of the world.

  3. 3 Chris July 15, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Not sure what employer-mandated healthcare has to do with Gov’t sponsored healthcare. I didn’t read where Wal-Mart is saying they will mandate that their employees have healthcare, but only if the Gov’t provides it. And I’m sure, as you alluded, that Wal-Mart has studied this initiative and deemed it accretive to the bottom line – probably in the form of less sick days.

  4. 4 James July 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Walmart is achieving “Monopoly” size, they are infact defining monopoly in a new way, and politically they should have monopoly enforcement concerns. They may have an interest in employer mandated health care partly to garner political favor and partly to encourage the participation of other multi-national US companies in getting involved in and supporting the efforts for HC reform. The cost of heath care is a runaway train that no one, large or small, can afford any longer. It is long past time to take the special interests represented by insurance companies and the AMA etc. out of the debate. Public and Private sectors come together Chris in determining who covers what, for instance, perhaps the government plan covers catastrophic events and long term care, while private insurance covers routine health matters. There are many ways to slice up the responsibility and I think it is vital that companies large and small get involved. Standing on the sidelines screaming socialism is ridiculous and idiotic fear mongering, we have all had enough of that. Come on America get off your duff and lets fix this!

  5. 5 Wally Zimmermann July 15, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Wal-Mart is not a member of the National Retail Federation according to a story Tuesday in the Chicago Tribune.

  6. 7 James July 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Indeed, why would an elephant join a flea circus. Further to this discussion perhaps Walmart envisions self-insuring, essentially setting their employee health insurance program up as a seperate line of business after they get support for “employer mandated healthcare”. Welcome to Wally World!

    • 8 Loren July 16, 2009 at 9:28 am

      Yes, healthcare reform is an issue that needs addressing, but it floors me why anyone would trust any solution from the same Federal Government that brought us Social Security (a ponzi scheme that will be bankrupt in a few years); Medicare (same); Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac (Barney Frank, “they’re doing a wonderful job!”); FEMA’s response to Katrina (an absolute failure); Amtrak (non-stop losses year after year); and the list of failures goes on and on. It’s simply another power grab that will ensure the re-elections of the same border line criminals and sociopaths that we have now. And as the employer mandate becomes too expensive, companies will simply opt out and their employees will join the government plan until the majority of Americans are subject to government control of their healthcare. Look at Great Britain and Canada folks; once in place, this system is here forever.

      • 9 James July 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm

        Pretty cynical, but don’t forget those are the borderline criminals and sociopaths that all us good folk voted for. I think the health insurance companies want to stay in business, I think they will begin to demand better and less costly health care from providers if the government will help them put pressure on the providers to be more transparent and cost efficient. Afterall lower costs benefit everyone. After the recent meltdown in 401K accounts and runaway greeed on Wall Street are you still willing to throw Social Security under the bus? Medicare?? Will you be able to afford around $1000 a month in today’s dollars for health insurance coverage after you retire? Frannie and Freddie are an essential component in creating a secondary market for mortgages— no market, no mortgage. All of this government business has been trying to facilitate the American Dream, right? Come on people, get involved, demand imagination, innovation, integrity, and wisdom from your representatives. Stop wasting time on worn out platitudes and start thinking and doing!

  7. 10 alfon July 18, 2009 at 1:00 am

    walmart is very famous too in my country very nice info


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