WASHINGTON -- As disruption continues to change the face of retail, convenience stores continue to keep pace with other channels. Six c-store brands secured spots on the annual Top 100 Retailers ranking by U.S. sales from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Kantar Consulting. Several grocery, dollar and drugstore chains also took spots on the list of retailers.
Launching new strategies, augmenting the in-store experience and re-engineering logistics and digital commerce capabilities helped the largest U.S. retailers maintain their edge during the past year, according to the report.
“Retail today is a blend of innovation and experience,” said Susan Reda, media editor of Washington-based NRF’s STORES magazine. “Companies large and small are transforming their businesses in the quest to satisfy shoppers who rewrite the rules of engagement faster than light.”
“We find ourselves at a point in U.S. retail evolution where key players are moving from a more divided approach of online vs. brick-and-mortar strategies to those that cater to the more holistic reality of shoppers and commerce,” said Sara Al-Tukhaim, senior vice president of insights and operations for London-based Kantar Consulting. “This will continue to pave the way for exciting and innovative retail partnerships, targeting growth both within and increasingly outside the realm of retail.”
The 10 largest retailers remain the same as last year, although the order has changed. Here's a look at the list …