Costco is Raising Starting Wages to $17 an Hour
October 28, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Costco has raised starting wages for hourly workers again, this time to $17, the retailer confirmed to Insider in an email. The raise went into effect on Oct. 25. The big-box store last raised its minimum wage to $16 in February 2021, from $15 that it had been since 2019. Costco CEO W. Craig Jelinek…

Costco to Rent Own Container Ships to Bypass Shipping Issues
September 27, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Costco is renting its own container ships to prevent delays and keep costs down as the global shipping crisis continues, according to Business Insider. In a call with analysts Thursday, Costco CFO Richard Galanti said the retailer has chartered three ships to import products from Asia to the U.S. and Canada to help Costco avoid spending six times the normal price…

The Retail Revival: Learnings From Amazon and Costco
September 26, 2019 at 11:13 am

Connecting with individual shoppers is the mandate for retailers today. Using new technologies, they're capitalizing on internet-connected capabilities, launching new in-store innovations, and more, all to satisfy shifting consumer demands. But it's not enough. Consumers have moved beyond these shiny “new” technology innovations. They now expect a personalized, convenient and flexible shopping experience, and are…

19 Branding Lessons From 5 Top Retailers
June 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm

The top five retailers in the U.S. recorded nearly $230 billion in revenue last year ($228.4 billion to be exact). They must be doing something right. Walmart,, Costco, Walgreens, and Home Depot have each built strong brand identities, and all benefit from powerful household recognition and brand equity. As I wrote previously: A brand is the sum…

75-Plus Leading Retailers Closed on Thanksgiving
November 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Despite the fact that many Black Friday sales begin tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, more than 75 well-known retailers will be closed for the holiday. A list of all of the retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day — including leaders such as Costco, Neiman Marcus, and  T.J.Maxx — can be found on, a website…

Costco Launches Same-Day Grocery Delivery
October 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

Costco announced last week that it's offering customers same-day grocery delivery. On Thursday, the company announced two new delivery options: two-day delivery for dry goods, and same-day delivery for orders that include fresh foods. The same-day service will be powered by grocery delivery company Instacart. The same-day delivery option, available in “most metropolitan areas,” lets…

Costco Accused of Improper Sales Tax Charges
September 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm

A New Jersey couple on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit against Costco Wholesale, claiming it has been illegally overcharging them — and potentially hundreds of  thousands of other customers — by charging sales tax on toilet tissue purchases in violation of state law. Toilet tissue sold for household use is exempt from New Jersey's 7 percent…

Costco's Move to Visa Cards Brings Problems
June 24, 2016 at 10:19 am

On Monday, Costco took the final step in severing its 17-year relationship with American Express and began exclusively accepting Visa for credit card purchases at its stores. For more than 11 million customers, the switch meant cutting up their Costco-branded American Express cards and swapping them for a new Visa card issued by Citigroup. A transition…

Costco Will Raise Minimum Wage as Competition for Workers Grows
March 4, 2016 at 9:50 am

Costco Wholesale Corp. will lift its minimum wage for the first time in nine years, by a $1.50 an hour, as the labor market tightens and competitors start giving workers a raise. The second-largest U.S. retailer will start paying at least $13-to-$13.50 an hour, up from $11.50-to-$12 an hour, the company said Thursday in a…

After Losing Costco, American Express Cuts Deal With Sam's Club
September 11, 2015 at 10:36 am

Seven months after splitting with longtime partner Costco Wholesale Corp., American Express Co. said Thursday that its cards will be accepted at rival membership warehouse Sam's Club starting Oct. 1. Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has 653 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.