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Top Retailers

Retailers are the primary original source for buying returns.  As a buyer, you want to get your inventory directly from these guys.  You don't want to buy from other liquidators.  If you do, you are likely paying unnecessary markups, getting lots that have been culled for the best quality merchandise, and buying  merchandise that has been shipped from seller to buyer at least once.

The challenge is gaining access to purchase from them.  Most of these companies will maintain a very short list of buyers with whom they have done business for many, many years.  It is an old boys network and can take years to break into the inner circle who are welcome to buy.  This is a big part of why the liquidation business has developed a somewhat negative reputation.  When non-economic (to the company) factors impact the allocation of goods, it is inevitable that you will encounter some bad actors who pay or demand kickbacks or other benefits in order to steer inventory into someone's hands.

Here is a list of the top 42 non-food retailers, by sales, worldwide.

 

Company

Headquarters

Sales

1

Wal-Mart

Bentonville, Ark.

$421,886,000

2

Target

Minneapolis

$65,815,000

3

Walgreen

Deerfield, Ill.

$63,038,000

4

The Home Depot

Atlanta

$68,000,000

5

Costco

Issaquah, Wash.

$78,394,000

6

CVS Caremark

Woonsocket, R.I.

$57,511,000

7

Lowe's

Mooresville, N.C.

$48,815,000

8

Best Buy

Richfield, Minn.

$49,887,000

9

Sears Holdings

Hoffman Estates, Ill.

$41,267,000

10

Safeway

Pleasanton, Calif.

$38,445,000

11

SUPERVALU

Eden Prairie, Minn.

$30,975,000

12

Rite Aid

Camp Hill, Pa.

$25,196,000

13

Publix

Lakeland, Fla.

$25,072,000

14

Macy's

Cincinnati

$24,938,000

15

Ahold USA / Royal Ahold

Washington, D.C.

$56,245,000

16

Delhaize America

Salisbury, N.C.

$27,445,000

17

Amazon.com

Seattle, Wash.

$32,923,000

18

Kohl's

Menomonee Falls, Wis.

$18,391,000

19

Apple Stores / iTunes

Cupertino, Calif.

$20,134,000

20

J.C. Penney

Plano, Texas

$17,753,000

21

TJX

Framingham, Mass.

$21,970,000

22

Meijer

Grand Rapids, Mich.

$15,319,000

23

True Value

Chicago

$16,738,000

24

H-E-B

San Antonio

$16,091,000

25

Dollar General

Goodlettsville, Tenn.

$13,035,000

26

ShopRite

Elizabeth, N.J.

$11,800,000

27

Gap

San Francisco

$14,503,000

28

BJ'S Wholesale Club

Natick, Mass.

$10,876,000

29

Nordstrom

Seattle

$9,624,000

30

Staples

Framingham, Mass.

$16,320,000

31

Ace Hardware

Oak Brook, Ill.

$10,200,000

32

Toys "R" Us

Wayne, N.J.

$17,559,000

33

Whole Foods Markets

Austin, Texas

$8,970,000

34

Bed Bath & Beyond

Union, N.J.

$8,785,000

35

Aldi

Batavia, Ill.

$36,620,000

36

Army Air Force Exchange

Dallas

$8,309,000

37

Limited Brands

Columbus, Ohio

$8,778,000

38

Menard

Eau Claire, Wis.

$8,032,000

39

Verizon Wireless

Basking Ridge, N.J.

$61,510,000

40

Family Dollar

Matthews, N.C.

$7,867,000

41

Ross Stores

Pleasanton, Calif.

$7,868,000

 

 

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