Whole Foods Market, Inc. is engaged in the business of natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company operates approximately 456 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its stores have an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet, and are supported by its distribution centers, bake house facilities, commissary kitchens, seafood-processing facilities, a produce procurement center, and a specialty coffee and tea procurement and roasting operation, among others. It offers over 30,000 organic stock keeping units (SKUs), covering various areas of its store, including produce, packaged goods, bulk, frozen, dairy, meat, bakery, prepared foods, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cheese, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, pet foods and household goods. The Company's brands include 365 Everyday Value, Allegro Coffee, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws, and Engine 2 Plant-Strong. It also offers approximately 400 temporary exclusives.
Business Analysis of Whole Foods Market
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- Revenue Growth: Whole Foods Market reported a revenue growth of 2.2% year-on-year during 2016. Grocery Retail Industry grew at 1.1% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Whole Foods Market spent 65.6% of its total revenues on COGS. Grocery Retail industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 77.2%
- R&D share of Revenues: Whole Foods Market R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Whole Foods Market spent 28.5% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Grocery Retail industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 16.9%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Whole Foods Market spent 3.3% of its total revenues on Inventories. Grocery Retail industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 5.3%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Whole Foods Market invested 2.2% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Grocery Retail industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 4.8%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Whole Foods Market invested 1.5% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Grocery Retail industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 1.6%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Whole Foods Market invested 21.9% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Grocery Retail industry average PPE investment in the same period was 17.8%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Whole Foods Market invested 5.0% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Grocery Retail industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 4.2%
- Net Margins: Whole Foods Market Net Margins in the year 2016 were 3.2%. Grocery Retail industry average Net Margins in the same period were 1.9%
Sector and Industry Association of Whole Foods Market
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Whole Foods Market is associated with Retail Sector and Grocery Retail Industry.
Retail sector is comprised of the following industries: Broadline Retail; Grocery Retail; Specialty Retail; Apparel Retail; Home Improvement Retail; Specialized Consumer Services. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Broadline Retail industry includes retail outlets and wholesalers offering a wide variety of products including both hard goods and soft goods.
- Grocery Retail industry includes retail stores that primarily offer non-perishable food that is packaged in cans, bottles and boxes, with some also having fresh produce, butchers, delis, and bakeries
- Specialty Retail industry includes retailers and wholesalers concentrating on a Single Class of Goods, such as electronics, books, automotive parts or closeouts. It also includes automobile dealerships, video rental stores, dollar stores, duty-free shops and automotive fuel stations not owned by oil companies.
- Apparel Retail industry consists of retailers and wholesalers specializing mainly in Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, Sunglasses and Other accessories.
- Home Improvement Retail industry includes retailers and wholesalers concentrating on the sale of home improvement products, including Garden Equipment, Carpets, Wallpaper, Paint, Home Furniture, Blinds and Curtains, and Building materials.
- Specialized Consumer Services industry includes providers of consumer services such as Auction Houses, Day-care Centers, Dry Cleaners, Schools, Consumer Rental Companies, Veterinary Clinics, Hair Salons and providers of Funeral, Lawn-maintenance, Consumer-storage, Heating and Cooling installation and Plumbing services.
Industry Ranking of Whole Foods Market
With $15.7 billion revenues, Whole Foods Market ranked number 3 of all the companies in the US Grocery Retail industry. There were a total of 10 public companies in the US Grocery Retail industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Grocery Retail industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- Kroger ($109.8 billion)
- Supervalu ($17.5 billion)
- Whole Foods Market ($15.7 billion)
- Casey's General Stores ($7.1 billion)
- Smart & Final Stores ($4.3 billion)
- Sprouts Farmers Market ($4 billion)
- Ingles Markets ($3.8 billion)
- Weis Markets ($3.1 billion)
- Village Super Market ($1.6 billion)
- Natural Grocers ($705.5 million)
Business Model Analysis (BMA) Framework
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