We’re going to take a break from our usual focus on vendor inquiry self-service, vendor onboarding, compliance and vendor relations.
Instead, here are a few fun facts for the busiest shopping (and shipping) season of the year. (Have you finished your holiday shopping?)
Can you name the top ten retailers? Here they are, according to the National Retail Federation’s Stores.org:
10. Albertsons (Boise, ID)
9. Lowe’s Companies (Mooresville, NC)
8. Target (Minneapolis, MN)
7. CVS Health Corporation (Woonsocket, RI)
6. Walgreens Boots Alliance (Deerfield, IL)
5. The Home Depot (Atlanta, GA)
4. Costco (Issaquah, WA)
3. Amazon (Seattle, WA)
2. The Kroger Co. (Cincinnati, OH)
1. Wal-Mart (Bentonville, AK)
You probably guessed number one. How many of the others did you get? (Who knew two drug stores place ahead of Target?)
Of course these days, a lot of shopping happens from the coziness of our own couches. Online shopping continues to grow. So who are the leading e-commerce companies? Here are the top five, according to CreatingaWebSiteToday.com, a website devoted to helping you build a successful website:
5. The Home Depot
3. Apple (Cupertino, CA)
2. EBay (San Jose, CA)
Guessing number one was easy, but did you guess number 3? Number 5?
Of course, with all that online activity, retailers need to get the stuff to you. How do they do it? Let’s look at the top shippers in the shipping business. According to SupplyChainDigital.com, they are:
5. Schenker AG (Berlin, Germany)
4. USPS (Washington, DC)
3. FedEx Corporation (Memphis, TN)
2. DHL Express (Bonn, Germany)
1. UPS (Sandy Springs, Georgia)
But stay tuned — FedEx no longer ships for Amazon; the online retail giant has started and is expanding its own shipping operations, though it also heavily uses UPS and the USPS.
So there you have it, the top sellers and shippers. How did they reach the top? Not without automation technology — just like leading P2P and AP shops. Okay, so we’re not completely ignoring vendor inquiry, onboarding, compliance or vendor service! To get ahead, you have to automate! Ask us how, and move your operations forward in 2020!