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from the publisher’s desk
WE ARE PLEASED to feature Costco supplier Jenna Hipp
on the cover of this issue. Health, clean products and sus-tainability are at the top of many Costco members’ priority
list, and Jenna’s nail products, free of five potentially harmful chemicals typically used in nail polishes, fit the bill.
Jenna’s success story is the result of determination, creativity
and hard work; read about it beginning on page 24.
We’ve included several health tips and articles in our
special For Your Health section, beginning on page 30,
including information on yoga and meditation as well as
Many Costco members celebrate our country’s independence this month with fireworks, family celebrations and barbecues. Fire up the grill,
mix up some of the delicious rubs on pages 40 and 41, and try them on ribs, chicken,
steaks, fish or veggies from Costco. And who can have a barbecue without Costco’s famous
hot dogs? Americans will eat about 150 million hot dogs this Independence Day, many of
them our signature Costco dog. We’ve included several interesting topping suggestions in
our hot dog story on page 43.
July is also furniture month in our warehouses. On page 50, Anita Thompson offers
tips on using accent pieces such as rugs, mirrors, side chairs and console tables to define
your style. You’ll find bedroom sets, sectionals and sofas, and many accent pieces in our
warehouses and on Costco.com.
Costco is one of the largest manufacturers of eyeglasses and the fifth-largest optical
retailer in the U.S. In keeping with our mission to continually provide our members with
top-quality goods and services at the lowest possible price, Costco Optical Centers recently
upgraded their popular progressive lenses to high-definition (HD) lenses. This high-end,
premium lens represents a 50 percent or greater savings to our members. Art Salas and his
team tell more about this new technology and our Optical business, starting on page 70.
We thank the men and women who have helped to keep our country safe and free,
and wish you a happy Fourth of July from all of us at Costco! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
IN OUR FOOD coverage in this month’s Connection
you’ll find a story on great toppings for hot dogs, chosen
of course to give you good ideas for the Fourth of July
and summer meals. But the simple hot dog also holds a
unique connection to Costco.
While I’m sure that nobody here set out to propose
the hot dog as a symbol for this company, we have
become famous for it—or, more specifically, for the $1.50
hot-dog-and-soda deal available in our Food Courts. The
reasons for this fame are twofold: The buck-fifty meal
consistently gets top mention in various “great bargain
meal” polls, and it’s a modern wonder of sorts how Costco can still offer it at the same
price as when it first appeared in 1985.
Here’s the answer: efficiency, a touch of genius and a strong dose of motivation—
nobody in the food department wants to be the person who couldn’t maintain that $1.50
price. Our Kirkland Signature™ hot dogs, for sale in the Food Courts and in our cooler
cases, are produced in an expansive processing facility in Tracy, California. Opened three
years ago, the 200,000-square-foot building is a clean, efficient, no-nonsense, state-of-the-art hot-dog- and hamburger-producing machine. This year the plant will make some 300
million (yes, million) hot dogs for Costcos in the U.S. and Canada. At this time of the
year—busy hot dog season—the plant is running 24/7: two shifts of production and one
shift of sanitation. Even so, we expect that Costco will have to add another hot dog plant
somewhere in the U.S. in the coming years.
Around the world, from the UK to Australia, members enjoy Kirkland Signature hot
dogs in every Costco. They’re as popular in Japan as they are in the U.S.—same basic hot
dog, about the same bargain price.
I recently had one off the grill with cream cheese and onions, Seattle style. Not bad! C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco