Amazon beats Wegmans, Publix on reputation

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Amazon beats Wegmans, Publix on reputation


That's what the new Harris Poll Reputation Quotient Study shows, with (1) Amazon, (2) Wegmans Food Markets and (3) Publix Super Markets taking the top three spots.

“Leveraging the intimate connection grocers have with the marketplace, these companies are seen as trusted, engaged community partners,” noted Wendy Salomon, VP of reputation management at public affairs, The Harris Poll. “Wegmans and Publix are seen as doing it better than the rest.”

Other grocers appearing in the results were Costco (No. 14), The Kroger Co. (No. 21), Whole Foods Market (No. 34), Aldi (No. 38), Target (No. 58) and Walmart (No. 76). Drug store chains Walgreens and CVS came in 36th and 52nd, respectively, and Family Dollar ranked 81st, while the financially embattled Sears Holding Corp., parent company of Kmart, was near the bottom, at No. 94. CPG companies on the list included Johnson & Johnson (No. 4), Coca-Cola (No. 12), General Mills (No. 13), Nestle (No. 27), Kellogg Co. (No. 31), Mondelez International (No. 35), Kraft Heinz (No. 43), PepsiCo (No. 53), and Procter & Gamble (No. 54).

In keeping with pollsters’ finding that companies earned higher reputational scores among consumers who share their individual values and political views, Democrats scored Target 11.8 points higher (“very good”) than Republicans did (“fair”).

“Values play a bigger role than ever before in corporate reputation, and the business significance of a company's reputation has never been higher,” noted Mark J. Penn, managing partner and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Stagwell Group LLC, which owns The Harris Poll. “Consumers are keenly interested in how companies engage with the world, and that includes corporate ideals. As the red-versus-blue duel of politics impacts corporate reputation, we expect to see more alignment along party beliefs.”

The Harris Poll RQ measures the reputations of the 100 most visible companies in the United States, as perceived by the general public. The RQ gauges the companies’ reputation strength based on the opinions of more than 23,000 Americans across six corporate reputation dimensions: Social Responsibility, Emotional Appeal, Products and Services, Vision and Leadership, Financial Performance, and Workplace Environment.