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from the publisher’s desk
NOVEMBER IS ONE of our busiest and most exciting
months at Costco. Our employees, warehouses and Web
site are ready for the busy holiday season ahead, and our
bakeries are already looking forward to baking more than
1 million pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving!
We invite you to check out costco.com in addition to
our warehouses for your holiday shopping this year. If you
haven’t yet explored our Web site, you may be surprised
to find thousands of items, most of which are not available
in our warehouses. The treasure hunt continues online!
However, you won’t be surprised by high prices. We
follow the same low pricing rules online that we do in our warehouses. Our prices generally include shipping and handling direct to the address that you specify. You can learn
more about our online selection in our cover story on page 56, and in our special
costco.com holiday gift guide on page 58.
November is the perfect time to order your holiday photo cards from the Costco
Photo Center. You may bring your photo to the warehouse to place your order, or simply
upload your order from home, as described in our article on page 92. While you are at it,
you can organize your photos into albums, create photo calendars or even publish your
own book of special photos and text, all at the Photo Center on costco.com.
The old phrase “a diamond in the rough” is a rather fitting description for the Costco
jewelry department. A cement-floored warehouse may not look like a plush jewelry store,
but you will find the same (or better) outstanding-quality diamonds and gems at Costco
at a fraction of the price offered by other national retailers and jewelry stores. Our jewelry
buyers and gemologists explain our jewelry standards and values in Pat Volchok’s “Buying
Smart” article on page 94. You could buy hundreds of little blue boxes with the savings!
We are excited to offer special savings on gifts and more in our warehouses and on
costco.com during Thanksgiving weekend. As a special thanks to our members, we are also
pleased to distribute our sixth annual Costco cookbook free to the first 2 million shoppers
nationwide in our warehouses. The delicious recipes, such as the hearty holiday prime rib
roast featured on page 25, will also be available online.
Happy Thanksgiving 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
David W. Fuller
RESEARCH HAS SHOWN over the years that nearly as
many people read a magazine by flipping from the back to
the front as read it from the front to the back. That’s why
many magazines reserve their back page (sometimes called
the ender, but perhaps it is as much a starter) for some of
their best material.
In the case of The Costco Connection, we start things
off (or end your reading experience) with “Member
Connection,” a collection of brief pieces about the achievements of Costco members. This department has grown to
be perhaps my favorite department in the magazine. Like a father with his children, an
editor should not have a favorite department, but I do.
Why this one? It is because “Member Connection” casts its net across the wide universe of Costco members and always hauls in fascinating stories of people making a difference and businesses forging new paths—tales of eccentricities and enlightenment.
This one brief page (two in some issues) captures, I believe, the magic of Costco, which
is in its members.
A lot has been written by the press in recent years trying to get a handle on why
Costco is such a success. There is no denying that our core values have a lot to do with it:
obeying the law, respecting our members and suppliers, treating our employees well and
rewarding our shareholders.
But I believe it is more of a two-way street. Having members who are so innovative,
involved and incurably active adds an energy to our operation that makes it unique. And
that is what “Member Connection” celebrates. C
David W. Fuller is Assistant
Vice President, Publishing, and
Editor of The Costco Connection.