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The Retail Leader 100

The RL 100

The RL100 is Retail Leader's look at the world's most significant companies operating in the retail industry based on their annual revenues.

Target's BIG Bet

Target Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell knows how to make hard choices. He joined the retailer in August 2014 and by January 2015 Target said it would exit Canada and book a $5.4 billion loss. Six months later, Cornell sold Target's pharmacy business for $1.9 billion to CVS Health.

Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos leads an army of more than 120,000 employees tasked with executing the company's strategy of serving others at a network of stores that will surpass 14,000 locations in 2017. It's not easy being Dollar General.

It's a warehouse. It's not that complicated. These two themes come up repeatedly during a conversation with Costco President and CEO Craig Jelinek and EVP of Merchandising Ron Vachris.

Retailers of all types are eyeing urban markets for growth and Dollar General is no exception. The company operates nearly 14,000 stores that are easy to spot throughout nearly all of America thanks to distinctive yellow and black signs.

The Borden Dairy Co. had to make a decision. It was expanding its drinkable yogurt distribution far beyond the initial sales region of Southern California.

Mergers and acquisitions have been heating up in CPG retailing, especially in the grocery sector. There were 37 supermarket mergers/acquisitions in 2014, up from 28 in 2013 and the most since 2013, according to The Food Institute.

Top-notch foodservice options are one of the ways Bristol Farms distinguishes itself. Bristol Farms prides itself on moving quickly—but just quickly enough. It finds and develops new products with aplomb, but only as lo

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Photography by Vito Palmisano

RETAIL LEADER'S CEOs OF THE YEAR Retail Leader's annual CEOs of the Year feature honors company chiefs in the CPG retail sector who exhibit exemplary leadership, inspiring their teams and companies to innovate and improve.

Hy-Vee's Edeker: Outstanding Outreach As only the fourth chairman/CEO in Hy-Vee's history, Randy Edeker is maintaining and improving the chain's customer outreach programs. CEO OF THE YEAR
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