Wednesday, October 27, 2021

How Costco learned to say ‘no’


The News comes to us thanks to NRO’s RJ Demers.

I have some laundry to do, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let my daughter have another plastic water bottle. And I hate the sticky smells of Costco’s plastic toilet paper.

But times are changing.

The gotta-have-it stuff — tie-dye, plastic sunglasses, Styrofoam cups — are being squeezed from the shelves as the corporation struggles to stay competitive against Aldi and Trader Joe’s.

And shoppers, ever keen to get their hands on the bargains, are adjusting.

Go to any chain store today and you’ll see shoppers carrying singles, double sticks of toilet paper and other toiletries.

Last month, the supply chain manager overseeing Costco’s supply chain wrote a memo to warehouse managers instructing them to stop selling consumers “perpetual stack boxes” of hot food and cold drinks and single-serving gadgets such as steamer and coffee makers.

And lest you think he’s kidding, this happens in a much more serious vein than I sometimes find retailers like CVS, for example, who is facing a backlash from consumers for selling dangerous items such as fentanyl patches.

Not anymore, Costco. Be safe. Be careful. Be crafty. There is a much more serious quest for profit here.

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