How can a company that operates in only six states rank so high in yet another nationwide list? In this case, Rochester, NY-based Wegmans Food Markets’ reputation precedes it.
Wegmans came in No. 1 on The Axios Harris Poll list of which companies in the U.S. have The Best and Worst Reputations. The annual study has a two-part methodology, first identifying the most “visible” reputations, then having a second, larger survey ranking those visible companies based on reputation.
Phase 1 was conducted online in November and included 6,000 adult respondents in the U.S.
Phase 2 was conducted in January and included more than 18,000 respondents and approximately 300 ratings per company.
Wegmans scored high in categories like Ethics, Products/Services, Citizenship, Culture and Character.
Lakeland, FL-based Publix Super Markets also scored high, No. 6 this year, with high scores in Ethics, Character, Citizenship and Growth.
Other retailers that scored in the Top 50 included:
- Costco, at No. 18;
- Kroger at No. 21; and
- Aldi at No. 23.
Retailers that scored in the Bottom 50 included:
- Target, at No. 72;
- Dollar General at No. 76; and
- Walmart at No. 79.