Dive Brief:

  • Retailers providing differentiated merchandise and compelling shopping experiences are dominating a list of “Hot 100 Retailers” compiled by research firm Kantar Retail and released on Tuesday in the National Retail Federation’s August issue of its STORES magazine, according to a press release.

  • While six e-commerce retailers are in the top 10 on the list, most in the top 100 are either traditional retailers or omnichannel ones, according to the report. Fewer than 10 are pure-play digital retailers.

  • Meal kit company Blue Apron tops the list, (having delivered more than 150 million meals since its founding five years ago, with annual sales growth last year of 133% percent to $795.4 million), followed by online furniture retailer Wayfair (with sales growth of 54% last year to $2.9 billion). Third is Ascena Retail Group, parent of Ann…