- General Info:
- With sales revenue of more than $60 billion, Costco Wholesale Corporation is one of the leading, international chains of membership warehouses in the world. Operating under the Costco trade name, its warehouses offer branded merchandise at lower prices than conventional wholesale and retail outlets. The members-only warehouse stores offer one of the largest product categories under a single roof. Its warehouses carry groceries, appliances, television and media items, automotive supplies, tires, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewelry, watches, cameras, books, apparel, health and beauty aids, furniture, and office equipment and supplies. Costco offers business, gold star and executive membership options. It has more than 500 warehouses with average size of over 120,000 square feet. Costco Wholesale Corporation also operates self-service gasoline stations at various locations in the United States and Canada. Costco Wholesale Industries, a division of the company, operates special food packaging, optical laboratories, jewelry distribution and meat processing businesses.
The savings are a no-brainer, but I'm continually surprised by the quality of Costco's merchandise. Everything from food to furniture is top of the line, so they have no trouble attracting customers, but they also keep coming up with new ways to make those customers happy. No need to go to the post office - there are stamps right at the register. Want one of their super-cheap lunches? Just say the word, and the cashier will add the cost to your bill, so you can go directly to the pick-up line. Recently, they came up with really strong, giant shopping bags that make it easy to load your purchases in the car. Don't know what I'd do without Costco!