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Seasons of Costco
he calendar says that autumn doesn’t
arrive until September ;;, but we’re in full
holiday mode here at Costco. It’s not that
anybody here is eager to leave summer
and its wonderfully lazy days for winter. It’s just that
we follow a different calendar when it comes to
what’s available in the warehouses and when.
We call it the seasons of Costco. It’s an early-in,
early-out philosophy that is one of many steps our
buyers and warehouse operators take to keep prices
as low as possible. By bringing in products before
the peak demand seasons, we are able to secure
favorable prices, plan for optimal display areas in
the warehouses and clear everything out early so we
can avoid the traditional, costly markdowns in the
retail industry, which affect profits. It all boils down
to efficiency and finding whatever ways we can to
deliver value to our members.
I often lightheartedly apologize to my friends
for the Christmas items they find at Costco in
September. It does seem sometimes that we’re
rushing things. But I have become comfortable
getting my holiday preparations and purchases
done early, and the great prices make it worthwhile.
Also, as online shopping has become more and
more popular, I’m finding Costco.com to be very
helpful as a holiday shopping option. The expanded
online selection complements what’s available in
the warehouses—and having big items delivered is
a huge convenience.
Early-in, early-out is part of Costco’s unique
low-overhead business model. Like millions of
members, I have come to adapt to it. And I find it
makes the holidays more relaxing, because the hard
work is done in advance. Still, I’m not putting away
my summer toys just yet.
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Did you know?
In the fall and spring,
the seasons start on an
equinox. In winter and
summer, it’s a solstice.
In an equinox, Earth’s
equator is at its closest
distance from the sun.
At solstice, the distance