Where Wal-Mart, Costco, Kroger and Others Stack Up in the Fortune 500 of 2015
- by Jordan Okumura
The 2015 Fortune 500 list is here. The companies included in this list are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal year, accounting for $12.5 trillion in revenues, $945 billion in profits, $17 trillion in market value and employ 26.8 million people globally, according to Fortune Magazine.
These companies are not ranked solely by market cap.
For this piece, we have included a snapshot of some of the top dogs from our industry and beyond. For a full list and a breakdown of the methodology behind the list, see the link below.
#1. Wal-Mart – For the third year in a row, Wal-Mart is maintaining the top spot on the list beating out Exxon Mobile and reporting $485.7 billion in revenue in the last fiscal year, up from $473.1 billion from the previous year. Profits were reported at about $16.4 billion.
#18. Costco – The company moved up one spot from last year’s #19 reporting $112.6 billion in revenue, according to Fortune who reported that Costco benefits from enormous clout with suppliers and the company’s program of private label brands. Profits were $2.06 billion.
#20. Kroger – The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company has moved up on the list from #24, where it previously resided. The company has seen great success reporting same-store sales growth for 45 straight quarters through spring of this year. The company has reported revenues of $108.5 billion. Profits are reported as $1.73 billion.
#29. Amazon – Ranked at #35 last year, this online retailer is reporting nearly $89 billion in revenues. As the buzz around drones continues to grow, Amazon's new delivery drones just got testing approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, bringing the company even closer to flying products and packages to the consumer's doorstep.
#36. Target – Holding its ground in the same ranking as last year, Target reported $74.5 in revenue though profits took a hit. But new CEO Brian Cornell has decided to focus on the company’s U.S. business and in March, shared his vision for enhancing the retailer’s format with a more distinctive food assortment, better apparel, and continued roll-out of its Express and CityTarget formats along with billion-dollar investments in e-commerce.
Additional rankings include:
#61. Sysco (previously ranked #63)
#84. Safeway (previously ranked #67)
#86. Deere – John Deere (previously ranked #80)
#101. Publix (previously ranked #104)
#110. McDonald’s (previously ranked #106)
#128. US Foods (previously ranked #133)
#159. Dollar General (previously ranked 164)
#164. Supervalu (previously ranked #94)
#187. Starbucks (previously ranked #196)
#197. Monsanto (previously ranked the same)
#214. Whole Foods (previously ranked #218)
#225. C.H. Robinson Worldwide (previously ranked #220)
#228. Yum Brands (previously ranked #216)
#281. Family Dollar Stores (previously ranked #271)
#325. Darden Restaurants (previously ranked #319)
#359. SpartanNash (previously ranked #811)
#397. United Natural Foods (previously ranked #427)
To see our report last year, on the breakdown of the 2014 Fortune 500 list, please see the link below.