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26 The Journal of Commerce | May 28 2018 JOC Top Importers US Foreign Trade via Ocean Container Transport Rank JOC Top 100 Importers TEU in 2017 Sector Notes , Headquarters, Website JOC Top 100 Importers in 2017 1 Walmart 874,800 Retail Company changed its name to Walmart, stepping up its grocery and retail business in stores and online. Bentonville, Ark. 2 Target 590,300 Retail Target has more than 1,800 stores and 39 distribution centers in the United States. Minneapolis 3 Home Depot 388,000 Retail Atlanta 4 Lowe's 287,500 Retail Mooresville, N.C. 5 Dole Food 220,200 Fruit & Vegetables Thousand Oaks, Calif. 6 Samsung America 184,800 Conglomerate Ridgefield Park, N.J. 7 Family Dollar Stores/Dollar Tree 168,400 Retail Matthews, N.C., Chesapeake, Va. 8 LG Group 161,600 Conglomerate New $3.7 billion science park opened in April in western Seoul, comprising 20 research buildings. Englewood Cli‚s, N.J. 9 Philips Electronics North America 142,900 Electronics Company focuses on technology to enrich personal health, diagnosis and treatment, and care and health infomatics. Andover, Mass. 10 IKEA International 120,500 Retail IKEA has made significant investments in the US, opening four new stories in 2017 and one new distribution and customer fulfilment center. Conshohocken, Pa. 11 Chiquita Brands International 117,500 Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Chiquita is investing in 2,500 new energy-e•icient reefer containers from Maersk Container Industry to improve banana quality and reduce CO2 emissions. Charlotte, N.C.. 12 Nike 116,300 Footwear & Apparel Beaverton, Ore. 13 Newell Brands 115,400 Outdoor & Home Goods Newell Brands is selling The Waddington Group, its global consumer and commercial package manufacturing business, to Novolex Holdings, a provider of paper and plastics packaging products. Hoboken, N.J. 14 Costco Wholesale 111,700 Retail Issaquah, Wash. 15 Sears Holding 103,200 Retail-Consumer Goods ESL Investments expresses interest in participating as a buyer of Kenmore, SHIP, and PartsDirect if Sears Holidings decides to divest all or a a portion of those assets. Ho‚man Estates, Ill. 16 J.C. Penney 101,100 Retail J.C. Penney added toy shops in all of its brick-and-mortar stories, and entered into a partnership with LEGO. Plano, Texas 17 General Electric 92,300 Conglomerate GE Healthcare is launching a ready-to-run factory-in-a-box to speed up production of viral vector-based therapeutics, such as vaccines, oncolytic viruses, and gene and cell therapies. Fairfield, Conn.,com 18 Ashley Furniture Industries 85,700 Furniture Arcadia, Wis. 19 Whirlpool 74,700 Appliances Whirlpool has agreed to sell it's Embraco compressor business in Brazil to Nidec Corp., a motor manufacturer in Japan with 300 subsidiaries. Benton Harbor, Mich.

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