|Rumor has it, Apple are planning to patent 'numbers'.|
You may wonder how Apple got to be 'biggest' in value when they seem relatively small in other metrics. After all, WalMart has more employees, Best Buy has more stores and Exxon-Mobil takes in more cash...
Basically, it's all about efficiency. Apple simply does more with less, which means they get to keep a higher percentage of what they earn. Adding more retail locations will likely add revenue, but at additional cost.
A brief list of comparisons should help to put things in some perspective. And for all you 'Big Picture', right-brain types, we've also got a helpful -- and enormous -- graphic visualization from the folks at Sortable.
All figures approx.; expressed in USD:
- With just <9% of the mobile phone market, Apple earns 73% of mobile profits
- Best Buy stores make $800/ft.²; Tiffany & Co.: $3000; Apple: $6300
- Over the past year, Apple out-produced New Zealand.**
- Since 2008, Apple share-price is up 600%