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from the publisher’s desk
WHEN YOU STAKE your reputation on something, it
has to be great. Such is the case with Kirkland Signature,™
Costco’s private-label brand. Unlike the generic house
brands of many retailers in the past, our Kirkland Signature
products represent top quality that meets or beats that of
comparable national brands, and at a much better value.
We are very proud of our selection of Kirkland Signature
items, from men’s dress shirts, pet foods, vitamins and fresh
food items to cleaning products, baby products and more.
My first grandchild was born a few weeks ago, and I
have stocked up on Kirkland Signature diapers and wipes.
Our hypoallergenic baby wipes, made by longtime Costco
supplier Nice-Pak, are made with Tencel, a sustainable plant-based fiber that is both strong
and soft. As with all Kirkland Signature items, we continuously improve our wipes with
the latest technology and small improvements that make a difference. You can read more
about the goals behind our private-label brand and get the inside scoop on several
Kirkland Signature items in the special section starting on page 39.
Fall brings football games, tailgating parties, Oktoberfest and beer. Beer has become
a more sophisticated beverage than the brews I recall from my college days, with many
craft beers available to pair with different dishes. To help increase your beer savvy, we’ve
included a beer pairing guide and a few fall recipes to enjoy with beer, starting on page 60.
You’ll also find a variety of beers, including local craft beers, in many of our warehouses.
The memory of last year’s brutal winter storms, which left millions of Americans
without power for days, is still fresh in the minds of many. September is a good time to
prepare your home for upcoming fall and winter storms. You can learn about standby
and portable generators in our Buying Smart feature on page 86. You’ll find generators
available in our warehouses and on Costco.com.
Happy September 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
WOULD YOU RESPOND to an emergency, such as a
burning house, even if it meant putting your own life in
danger? The Costco members profiled in this month’s
cover story did exactly that. Our story is about ordinary
people doing extraordinary things in the course of an
ordinary day—which to me defines a hero. These particular heroes were recognized by the American Red Cross
for their outstanding deeds.
We chose to tell these stories in our September issue
because this is National Preparedness Month, promoted
by the federal government after the events of September
11, 2001. It’s a time for people and businesses to do a quick self-check to make sure we’re
all ready to respond to unexpected events.
Responding to the unexpected often involves several critical components. It starts
with selfless individuals, like the ones we’ve profiled here. It also involves organizations,
such as the Red Cross. This nonprofit aid organization is a vital fixture at any major disaster, usually arriving right behind the first responders to provide immediate relief, such as
housing and food, to the victims.
Another key part is a broader group of volunteers, such as the 400,000 U.S. Red Cross
volunteers who constitute a huge global humanitarian network. Like the everyday heroes
we profile, these volunteers drop everything to respond to emergencies.
Last, businesses play a vital role. Corporate donations finance the Red Cross’s Annual
Disaster Giving Program, enabling the organization to respond immediately to disasters
to help out people and families. Costco is among the many companies that contribute to
this fund. Also, with the support of several generous suppliers, our local warehouses supply water, food and other goods in response to local disasters when they can. It’s the least
we can do to support these heroes in our community. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco