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from the publisher’s desk
CAN YOU FEEL IT? After those dark, seemingly interminable winter months, spring is finally just around the corner. Spring means longer days, budding plants and, best of
all, more time spent outdoors.
That extra outdoor time is often employed to start
exciting new projects around the home. Many people
find spring is an ideal time to make landscaping changes,
re-create their backyard space, plant a garden and more.
Costco is ready to help you with any of those outdoor
projects—and indoor projects as well—thanks to a wide
variety of items at the warehouses and on Costco.com. A
look at our special Home & Garden section, which begins
on page 31, provides some ideas and tips. Raised and elevated garden beds (page 31) have
become increasingly popular, offering flexibility for those with limited space, as well as
providing a more comfortable gardening experience for anyone with back, neck or knee
issues. To make gardening even easier, our buyers are bringing in an assortment of great
products, such as organic potting soil (exclusive to Costco), grass seed, handsome gardening tools and Miracle-Gro Gro-ables vegetable and herb pods (pages 38 and 39). If you live
in one of the traditionally dry or drought-plagued states, you don’t need to forgo greenery.
Artificial turf and natural landscaping techniques (page 34) can save you water and money,
and keep your outdoor area looking beautiful. And backyard makeover ideas for large and
small yards are featured in our Buying Smart article on page 82.
As many people know, backyard makeovers go beyond plants. If it’s time to update or
refresh your outdoor furniture set, Costco warehouses and Costco.com offer a great selection of tables, chairs, umbrellas, barbecue grills and more to help create the perfect outdoor setting for entertaining and get-togethers.
And don’t forget the indoors! For tips on spring-cleaning, the article on page 45 will
help you get your home looking its best.
Wishing you a season of bounty and beauty 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
THIS MONTH, I’D LIKE to devote this column to
space. Not outer space, but that area within the four
walls of your local Costco (and within The Connection
We frequently receive letters and phone calls about
why certain products can’t be found at Costco, or why
things that were once available have disappeared. There
are several reasons, but a big one is: space.
Costco warehouses are big—around 150,000 square
feet. I was just shopping at the Tukwila, Washington,
warehouse—our biggest at 212,200 square feet! Yet
within that cavernous area, we are limited in the number of products we carry. A
Costco will have between 3,800 and 4,000 individual products, while a typical retailer
could have 80,000 to as many as 140,000 products. Our business model is to limit prod-
uct counts because we find that’s one key way of keeping prices as low as possible.
That being said, our buyers and operators are extremely creative in how they utilize
available space. You’ll always be able to find essentials for everyday living at Costco—things
like detergent, water, computers, bread and so on. These basics make up 50 to 60 percent
of our product lineup. But the rest are rotating items that we bring in because of a special
buying opportunity or because they’re seasonal. Sometimes we can get only limited quantities of these treasure hunt items, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.
You can see the seasons of Costco in your local warehouse, with big seasonal items
filling available space on the warehouse floor. After the holiday and gift goods clear out in
mid-December, exercise equipment and storage goods arrive for the new year, followed
by furniture, and then by the wonderful plants, trees and garden supplies you see now.
The Connection reflects these seasons with our own Special Sections. You’ll find
this month’s Home & Garden section starting on page 31. And you can always find a
larger selection of goods year-round on Costco.com. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco