Interbrand Releases the 2014 Best Retail Brands Report Walmart's brand value drops 6% but it maintains #1 position on the North American List; four brands see major increases

DAYTON, Ohio, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart maintains its #1 spot on Interbrand's 2014 Best Retail Brands list, and even with a 6% decline in brand value it preserves an enormous margin over the next closest brand. Four brands increased their brand value by more than 25% this year: Macy's, Whole Foods, Amazon and Cabela's.

The global Best Retail Brands report ranks the top 50 North American and European retail brands by brand value, as well as the top retail brands from across Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. The report is produced in collaboration with Interbrand Design Forum, the retail experience group within Interbrand.

In addition to being #1 in North America, Walmart is also the most valuable retail brand in the world, with a brand value of $131,877 billion. Looking beyond North America, the following brands are ranked as the top retailer in their respective regions:

  • H&M – USD $18,168 billion (Europe)
  • Woolworths - USD $4,948 billion (Asia-Pacific)
  • Natura - USD $3,156 billion (Latin America)

From mobile shopping to virtual fitting rooms, retailers are evolving the customer journey through a digital lens. The report also suggests that major retailers are looking beyond their core business models to gain competitive advantage. They are doing this by using online innovation to bridge the divide between in-store and online shopping and by developing a strategic understanding of sales data so that they can meet customer needs and desires better and faster than ever before.  

Commenting on the report, Dirk Defenbaugh, Managing Director of Interbrand Design Forum, said, "The world's best retail brands understand the complex and challenging relationships between analog and digital and have been quick to address changing shopper behaviors. By integrating the physical and virtual, making purchasing easier, enhancing service, and using storytelling, these leading brands are reimagining their offers, and creating unique experiences for consumers that convert browsers into buyers."

North America Highlights
For 2014 the total value of the top 50 North American retail brands is up by $18 billion. The threshold for the league table rose 11 percent compared to last year, with the #50 brand (Chico's) coming in with a value of $932 million compared to $836 million for Anthropologie last year.

Looking at the Top 10 retail brands in North America, the first five maintain their positions from 2013. Following Walmart is Target, who remains at #2 with a value of $27 billion, which is an 8% increase over 2013. The Home Depot holds at #3 with a brand value of $25 billion. Amazon is #4 at $23 billion, increasing 27% from last year. CVS/pharmacy rounds out the Top 5 nearing $18 billion, up 12%. Coach drops from #6 to #9, clearing the way for three other brands to move up. Walgreens is now #6 with an 8% rise. Sam's Club remains steady at $13 billion and takes the #7 position. eBay progresses to #8  with a 20% increase. Publix advances into the Top 10 for the first time, with a brand value just over $10 billion. With a 12% decrease in brand value Nordstrom falls out of the Top 10 this year and lands at #12.

Top Risers
This year four brands had significant increases, with brand value growing by more than 25%:

  • Macy's (+383%) is a great example of a retailer that has effectively managed its brand.  Macy's has been quick to respond to shoppers' new digital behaviors and rapidly become a leader in omnichannel retailing. It also keeps its brand well protected through the use of private label and has shown commitment to elevating the store experience. With three consecutive years of sales growth there is also increased confidence in the optimism around their financials.
  • Whole Foods (+173%) is the clear leader in the natural foods/organic grocery category and in 2013 it achieved increases in both same store sales and market share. To keep its brand robust, Whole Foods continues to experiment, including testing a new product mix and pricing structure for cost-conscious consumers.
  • Amazon (+27%) continues to dominate as the world's biggest e-tailer and saw net sales increase 22% in 2013. Nearly every retailer considers it to be a top competitor and its innovations are followed closely. Expanding into online advertising and original programming for its streaming video service, it's becoming a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
  • Cabela's (+27%), the outdoor and sports retailer,  is known for its tourist destination stores that draw millions, but in recent years it's found success in smaller footprints with more flexible floor plans. While these Outpost stores serve smaller towns, they consistently outperform legacy stores and are expected to be an important growth driver.

New Brands & Brands that Fell Off  
This is the first year that Canadian brands have been ranked alongside U.S. brands for a North America list. Three Canadian brands make the Top 50 for North America: Shoppers Drug Mart (#28, -5%), Lululemon Athletica (#29, -13%), and Canadian Tire (#38, - 3%).

There are two other brands that are new to the list for 2014: Chico's (#50) makes the list for the first time and Advance Auto Parts (#46) returns to the list after falling off in 2013. The five brands that fell out of the Top 50 are Guess, Big Lots, Rent-A-Center, Radio Shack and Anthropologie.

Visit BestRetailBrands.com to download the complete report.

50 Most Valuable North American Retail Brands for 2014

Rank

Brand

Country of Origin

2014

BRAND

VALUE

USD $m

% CHANGE

(BRAND

VALUE)

1

 Walmart

 USA

131,877

-6%

2

 Target

 USA

27,123

8%

3

 The Home Depot

 USA

25,696

12%

4

 Amazon

 USA

23,620

27%

5

 CVS/pharmacy

 USA

17,779

12%

6

 Walgreens

 USA

15,519

8%

7

 Sam's Club

 USA

13,543

0%

8

 eBay

 USA

13,162

20%

9

 Coach

 USA

11,588

-21%

10

 Publix

 USA

10,157

2%

11

 Lowe's

 USA

9,634

9%

12

 Nordstrom

 USA

8,957

-12%

13

 Costco

 USA

8,286

13%

14

 Dollar General

 USA

7,711

8%

15

 Victoria's Secret

 USA

6,249

2%

16

 Macy's

 USA

6,084

383%

17

 Kohl's

 USA

5,825

3%

18

 Tiffany & Co.

 USA

5,440

5%

19

 Staples

 USA

4,931

-11%

20

 Best Buy

 USA

4,793

-41%

21

 AutoZone

 USA

4,669

7%

22

 Avon

 USA

4,610

-11%

23

 Whole Foods Market

 USA

4,166

173%

24

 Gap

 USA

3,920

5%

25

 Bed Bath & Beyond

 USA

3,860

6%

26

 Old Navy

 USA

3,214

15%

27

 Sherwin-Williams

 USA

3,118

15%

28

 Shoppers Drug Mart

 Canada

3,111

-5%

29

 Lululemon Athletica

 Canada

3,087

-13%

30

 Ross Dress for Less

 USA

2,444

16%

31

 GameStop

 USA

2,336

-8%

32

 T.J.Maxx

 USA

2,123

22%

33

 Michaels

 USA

2,035

4%

34

 Marshalls

 USA

2,028

19%

35

 J.Crew

 USA

1,868

3%

36

 PetSmart

 USA

1,812

10%

37

 Banana Republic

 USA

1,795

2%

38

 Canadian Tire

 Canada

1,760

-3%

39

 Dick's Sporting Goods

 USA

1,528

7%

40

 Dollar Tree

 USA

1,496

14%

41

 Tractor Supply Co.

 USA

1,492

16%

42

 Bath & Body Works

 USA

1,421

7%

43

 American Eagle Outfitters

 USA

1,294

8%

44

 Family Dollar

 USA

1,183

17%

45

 Urban Outfitters

 USA

1,122

-5%

46

 Advance Auto Parts

 USA

1,109

NEW

47

 Buckle

 USA

1,082

6%

48

 Cabela's

 USA

1,066

27%

49

 Express

 USA

983

15%

50

 Chico's

 USA

932

NEW

 

Note: These figures are expressed in millions, so Walmart's value of $131,877 is $131 billion. At the bottom of the list, Chico's value is $932 million.

About Interbrand Design Forum
Since 1978, we have been creating retail brand experiences for companies around the world. Interbrand Design Forum's talent for game-changing innovation led us to create a business model that integrates brand strategy, insights, retail design, digital, documentation and rollout to provide clients with a comprehensive offering. By bringing together a diverse range of insightful thinkers, we deliver solutions that are rigorously analytical and highly creative through the Interbrand network of 1,200 associates around the globe.

About Interbrand
Founded in 1974, Interbrand is one of the world's largest branding consultancies. With nearly 40 offices in 29 countries, Interbrand's combination of rigorous strategy, analytics, and world-class design enables it to assist clients in creating and managing brand value effectively, across all touchpoints, in all market dynamics. Interbrand is widely recognized for its annual Best Global Brands report, the definitive guide to the world's most valuable brands, as well as its Best Global Green Brands report, which identifies the gap between customer perception and a brand's performance relative to sustainability. It is also known for having created brandchannel.com, a Webby-award winning resource about brand marketing and branding. For more information on Interbrand, visit Interbrand.com.

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