Top 5 companies you didn’t know the full names to
You shop at these places all the time, but did you know the full name of these companies? c and with the hustle and bustle of everyday life we may not stop and think about them.
Most people know ABC stands for American Broadcasting Company and that KFC spelled out is Kentucky Fried Chicken, but did you know what that store you just bought that cute shirt from or the company you drive by every day is really called?
Here are the top 5 companies you didn’t know the full names to.
CVS or CVS Pharmacy isn’t named after anyone. Before it became known as a pharmacy/ drugstore, CVS was named as “Consumer Value Stores,” when it was founded in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1963. It was abbreviated to CVS in 1996. The store is currently the largest pharmacy chain in the US.
Again, AT&T is not named after any of its founders. The initials actually stand for American Telephone and Telegraph and was founded in 1885. Millions of people see it every day on their phones and probably had no idea what the three letters actually stood for. The name and logo have changed over the years, but the mission of allowing people to communicate with others is still the same.
It’s GEICO, not gecko! Everyone has seen the famous commercials with the GEICO gecko with the slogan ‘15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance’. The name doesn’t mean anything, it is an acronym for Government Employees Insurance Company. The founder, Leo Goodwin, first aimed his insurance for the U.S. government employees and military personnel.
Rest in peace Nabisco. The company is now called Mondelez. However, if you really sit there and think about it Nabisco stands for National Biscuit Company. The snack company, founded in 1898, got its name when the United State Baking Company, the New York Biscuit Company, and the American Biscuit and Manufacturing Company joined forces. It officially became known as Nabisco in 1971.
The Swedish furniture company got its name from its founder’s name. Ingvar Kamprad (IK) combined with the name of the farm where he grew up, Elmtaryd (E), and the parish he calls home, Agunnaryd (A), is how he got the name of the company. The company was founded in 1943 when Kamprad was just 17 years old and is the world’s largest furniture retailer since 2008.
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