As of 2015, some of the top business-to-business companies are IBM, Microsoft, General Electric, United Parcel Service and SAP, according to Millward Brown. IBM, Microsoft and SAP are all providers of advanced technologies and technology solutions. GE's B2B services are diverse, including energy-related consulting and solutions, appliances, data analysis and health care solutions. UPS is a provider of logistics and supply chain management.Continue Reading
The remainder of the Top 20 B2B brands are primarily of advanced technology and energy companies. Advanced technology B2B providers include Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Intel. Energy B2B companies include ExxonMobil, Shell, Sinopec, British Petroleum and Petrochina.
The Top 20 also has two additional supply chain management and delivery providers, FedEx and DHL. Management consulting company Accenture, engineering firm Siemens and two business consulting and financial service providers, JP Morgan and UBS, round out the top tier of B2B companies.
A B2B transaction involves one business making a commercial transaction with another. These transactions often involve receiving companies purchasing goods or services from providing companies to complement their own products. Retail companies may also sell goods and services produced by other companies, either on a small scale, such as for an independent grocery store, or on a large scale, such as between a large retail chain and a provider. Companies often make B2B transactions to allow the receiving company to acquire goods or services necessary for operation.Learn more about Customer Service