Most global retailer lists focus on turnover size only, but not any more. Exclusive research published today by IGD seeks to give a more considered ranking of the world's global retailers.

The IGD Global Retail Index includes a combination of "hard" and "soft" factors which IGD believes determine whether a retailer can be considered as being truly global.
The hard factors include:

    • Turnover size
    • Number of countries of operation
    • Presence in key regions - not just how many countries but the level of presence in Western Europe, NAFTA and Far East Asia
    • Home market dominance
    • Percentage of foreign sales - as an indicator of the importance and maturity of a retailer's international operations.

The soft factors aim to give a reflection of a retailer's international management skills and include:

    • Clarity of global strategy
    • Global culture
    • Level of global sharing and learning within an organisation.

Taking into account these hard and soft factors gives a very different global retail order:

Global Status

Rank by IGD's Global Retail Index*

Rank by Turnover

Company

Leading Global Retailers

1

2

3

2

7

1

Carrefour

Ahold

Wal-Mart

Leading International Retailers (nearly Global)

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

3

12

23

13

22

19

11

14

16

Metro

Ito Yokado

Delhaize Group

Tesco

Casino

Auchan

Aldi

Tengelmann

Costco

*Note: We have focused our analysis on "traditional" retailers with a significant proportion of sales accounted for by food. We have excluded Spar and IGA which are retailer associations rather than "traditional" retailers.

Although Wal-Mart is by far the largest retailer in turnover size, it is not yet as "global" as Carrefour or Ahold, who have a wider geographical presence. Carrefour and Ahold have also been active internationally longer than Wal-Mart, which only started to expand outside of the United States in the 1990's.

 

For further information please contact Jane Whiteley, Tel: 01923 851917, Mobile 07802 437579, Jane Beard, Tel: 01923 851910, Mobile 07770 640448 or Catherine Ellwood, Tel: 01923 851916.

EDITORS' NOTES

  1. Visit the IGD website http://www.igd.com/
  2. IGD is the leading research and education organisation for the food and grocery industry. Its membership is drawn from the total grocery supply chain, including retail, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, catering, packaging companies and primary producers. IGD also has close links with consumer organisations.
  3. This research is available in "The Future of Global Retailing" available now from IGD priced at £500 for members and £650 for non-members. Please contact Michelle Jarman on 01923 851925, alternatively order on-line at www.igd.com