A name to reckon with in the wholesale and retailing sector, Costco Wholesale Corporation is headquartered in USA but offers its services in a number of countries around the world. The style of functioning of this company is unique in the sense that it sells its merchandise through warehouse facilities which are completely bereft of the frills and require the customer to help himself.
So long is the inventory list of this company that there might hardly be a product which is not found in its warehouses. Under the food section, a buyer is likely to find snacks, candy, tobacco and beverages, alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic and also dry and packaged foods. Until recently, this organization also had the honor of being the largest retailer for wine in the world. Then there are supplies which are categorized under cleaning, office, institutional and automotive, home furnishings and an elaborate electronics section.
Health items, beauty aids, sports equipment, apparel and house ware are present in plenty in Costco stores as also hobby related devices like camera, travelling kits, garden equipment and seasonal items. Since the Costco stores are self sustained units, a customer can spend the entire day within while on a shopping spree. Apart from the merchandise every store comprises of a food court, pharmacy and gas station within its premises thus making it a one-stop shop.
Some of the other ventures of Costco include membership services to its clients and its charitable ventures wherein its main focus has been on children and education, health and human services sectors.
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