Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt all make Fortune ‘Most Admired’ list

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The annual listing by Fortune of the world’s most “most admired companies” was released this week. The three largest publicly traded employers in Northwest Arkansas were all included, though none of them made the overall top 10.

Walmart was ranked No. 25 overall with a score of 7.64. The retail giant placed third in the general merchandiser category behind Target and Nordstrom.

In the food production category, Tyson Foods landed at No. 1 for the third year in a row. Tyson Foods’ score of 6.82 was not high enough to land in the top 50 overall. Tyson Foods President and CEO Noel White noted in a press release Tuesday (Jan. 22) how proud he was of the accomplishment.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services ranked No. 6 in the trucking, transportation and logistics category with a score of 5.89. The company ranked below XPO Logistics, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Union Pacific, Ryder System and Maersk Group. Hunt’s score was not enough to put it in the Fortune Top 50 list overall.

Apple ranked No. 1 overall with a score of 8.4 and Amazon came in at No. 2 with a score of 8.3, according to the Fortune website which lists the top 10 overall “most admired” companies in the following order:

  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Amazon
  • 3 Berkshire Hathaway
  • 4 Walt Disney
  • 5 Starbucks
  • 6 Microsoft
  • 7 Alphabet, parent of Google
  • 8. Netflix
  • 9 JPMorgan Chase
  • 10 FedEx

The annual report is compiled through survey responses from nearly 4,000 executives, directors and securities analysts asked to select companies based on innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, financial soundness, global competitiveness, quality of services or products and quality of management.

The complete list can be found here.