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Is Sam's Club Next to Get Mini Apple Stores?
February 13, 2012

Despite making a clean break with Costco in late 2010, Apple could be looking to expand its footprint with one of the wholesale retailer's rivals, a new report suggests.

6 Ways to Compete With Big-Box Retailers
February 13, 2012

When a big-box store such as Home Depot, Lowe's, Costco or Sam's Club comes to town, local businesses get nervous. How can they compete with the "everyday low prices"? How will they keep their customers? How will they attract new ones? After all, they don't have the advertising budget, inventory or buying power that big-box retailers do. While there's some reality to all of the concerns that a local or small business might have, they're really just excuses. Plenty of local and small businesses flourish long after these larger stores move into their territory.

What Costco's CEO Can Teach You About Management
January 4, 2012

One of the toughest parts of running any business is recruiting top talent and getting that talent to stick around. But when you oversee a small business, the challenges become a little bit bigger: How can you compete with the bigger companies' deeper pockets to give your employees an experience that makes them want to stick with you?

Sure Fit expands through acquisition of Patio Armor
December 1, 2011

Slipcover and home accessories supplier Sure Fit Inc. has acquired the assets of the Patio Armor brand from Trilink Global LLC.Financial terms were not disclosed nor was the size of the acquired company.Patio Armor products include heavyweight fabric covers for patio furniture, grills and other outdoor items. Its major accounts include The Home Depot, Costco, Amazon and Factory Direct. The company is based in Atlanta and will retain its own headquarters.Tom Atchison, who has served as director of sales of the Trilink business since 2008, has joined Sure Fit as VP of sales - outdoor division."The Patio Armor brand

October sales generally up, but short of estimates; Buckle leads apparel
November 7, 2011

New York City -- Consumer spending slowed in October, sending a note of caution as retailers head into the holiday season. Eleven retailers missed expectations for same-store sales, while three chains beat estimates, according to a preliminary tally by Thomson Reuters. However, while the October results were not as promising as some retailers had hoped, sales for the most part rose and most chains reported results that were only slightly off from analysts’ estimates. Some analysts blamed Wall Street for underestimating how much caution is still out there. "This is expectations getting ahead of reality," said AlixPartners managing director

October sales generally up, but short of estimates
November 3, 2011

NEW YORK — Consumer spending slowed in October, sending a note of caution as retailers head into the holiday season. Eleven retailers missed expectations for same-store sales, while three chains beat estimates, according to a preliminary tally by Thomson Reuters. However, while the October results were not as promising as some retailers had hoped, sales for the most part rose and most chains reported results that were only slightly off from analysts’ estimates. Some analysts blamed Wall Street for underestimating how much caution is still out there. "This is expectations getting ahead of reality," said AlixPartners managing director Joel

REI, Costco Among Companies to Use New Voluntary Recycling Labels
October 21, 2011

Outdoor equipment and clothing retailer REI and warehouse club operator Costco are among five companies that are using new voluntary recycling labels on some of their products beginning next summer. They've committed to participate in the pilot of the Package Recovery Label System developed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

Amazon.com, Costco Among the Most Trusted Companies
October 18, 2011

A new research report, 2011 Temkin Trust Ratings, examines the level of trust that consumers have in 143 large U.S. companies. The research is based on a survey of 6,000 U.S. consumers, who rated their recent customer service interactions with companies across 12 industries. Only eight companies earned "very strong" ratings while 26 earned "very weak" ratings.