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from the publisher’s desk
SUMMER TRAVEL will soon go into overdrive. We’ll
help you prepare to hit the road with our special automotive section, beginning on page 24. First up is our
cover story about Costco’s Tire Centers. Costco sells
only premium tires and offers great value, with many
extras included in the price that cost more at other
retailers. We also carry specialty and high-performance
tires at Costco.com.
If it is time to buy a new car, you’ll love the savings
and simplicity of the Costco Auto Program. We have
pre-negotiated prices with 2,200 dealers nationwide to
be sure that you get a great value without the annoying hassle and haggling of car buying. You can learn more about the Costco Auto
Program on page 57.
Remember to honor your mom on Mother’s Day, May 9. How about surprising
her with a Kirkland Signature™ Taste of the Vineyards wine cruise? Costco Travel is
offering exciting Caribbean or European cruises that feature exclusive wine and culinary events for Costco members. Read more about these exciting cruises on page 59.
If you have not yet shopped at Costco.com, discover the benefits of our online
warehouse in our special section following page 59. In addition to delivering big,
bulky warehouse items directly to your door, we also offer additional merchandise
that is not available in the warehouses year-round, such as a large selection of outdoor furniture, just in time for your Memorial Day barbecue. And be sure to check
out the beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet in a vase, or The Fruit Company Mother’s
Day Tower and other gifts for your mom! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
David W. Fuller
I HAVE BEEN away from work for a number of weeks to
tend to some medical issues. The copy of the magazine
you are holding in your hands or reading on your screen
is the first in 20 years in which I was not involved in the
daily editing process. But I was able to get a look at the
proof of the issue before it went to press so that I could
put in my two cents. As I went through the proof, I realized that, for the first time, I was experiencing the magazine the way our readers do—each story hitting me out
of the blue, as it were, not as a piece we had been working on for days or weeks or even months.
Here are a few observations from this fresh perspective.
• The Costco Connection is chock-full of practical advice. Columnists explain how
to keep computer data safe, how to protect homes and businesses against potential
flood damage and what novel is a good bet for a good read.
• The magazine’s writers get to the point, make the point and then get out. Articles
are right-sized, you might say.
• Although a good share of the articles are about products or services Costco is
selling, they tend to be informative and educational more than loud and hyperbolic.
A good case in point is Will Fifield’s cover story on Costco’s Tire Centers.
• Another aspect of Will’s article struck me as a “first-time” reader: the way he
opened the piece with an anecdote about his son. Thanks to this personal glimpse,
along with the Buyer’s Pick product recommendations, Pat Volchok’s in-depth hands-on product reviews, letters from our readers and our Member Connection department
on the last page of the magazine, I came away feeling that there are some wonderful,
interesting people who work and shop at Costco.
And, of course, that is true.
To everyone who took part in creating this issue of The Costco Connection in my
absence, I want to say, “Bravo!” C
David W. Fuller is Assistant
Vice President, Publishing, and
Editor of The Costco Connection.