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WHEN BUYING SMALL appliances or other
housewares, how do Costco members know a
manufacturer’s claims are accurate?
Costco’s quality assurance (QA) department supports the company’s buyers, globally,
to ensure the quality and consistency of products offered by Costco worldwide. Using 11
companies and hundreds of worldwide locations, QA works with buyers and suppliers to
make sure expectations are met. In-house testing may also occur.
Some of the tests performed are:
Production testing. Product samples
are randomly selected and sent by the manufacturer to a Costco-designated third-party
testing lab. They are tested against federal and
state requirements as well as industry standards, Costco performance expectations and
buyer specifications. Testing protocols are
developed, collaboratively, among the buyers,
QA staff and testing labs. Tests performed
include checking products for colorfastness,
lead content, required labeling, choking hazards, electrical safety, material identification,
assembly instructions and usability, extended
use and product claim verification.
An assurance of quality
Inspections. A qualified third-party
inspector, selected by Costco, is sent to the
production floor of the factory where the item
is being produced. The inspector compares lab
report data, approval samples (if available)
and/or written production specifications for
the items. Items are checked for consistency of
design, color, size, fit and finish, aesthetics,
functionality and more.
Packaging performance testing.
Packaged-product performance and durability
tests are conducted according to the
International Safe Transit Association standards to show how well a packaged product will
travel. Using special test equipment, boxed
items are dropped from different angles and
heights to assess the durability of the packaging
through simulated normal shipment situations.
The carton may also be subjected to extended
testing to simulate other transit conditions.
Factory evaluations. Factories are
inspected to determine whether they are
capable of producing the item assigned to it.
Testing for employee training, available technology, machine maintenance and more may
Some products may carry NSF certification, which signifies they have been tested by
one of the most respected independent certification organizations in existence today.
Costco Vice President Craig Wilson, who
oversees food and non-foods quality assurance, says, “One of the most important aspects
of our QA program is to consistently inspect
our products and suppliers to assure that our
specifications are being met and our members
are getting the quality that our buyers are
expecting when they select and buy items.”
Getting what you paid for
• Helps eliminate
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• 1800 watts of power
• 60-minute steam time
H E A T with
• Up to 50% faster drying
time with professional
AC motor design*
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* As compared to DC motor dryers.
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