dThanks to Costco, we shop differently. Costco made us think in “bulk” when we shop.
Why buy one bar or soap when we can buy 50 all at once at a much cheaper price! That mentality caught on like wildfire and soon many other warehouse style franchises opened us.
James Sinegal and Jeffery Brotman opened the first Costco wearheouse in 1983. Located in Seattle Washington, the pair had come from a long line of wholesale and retail.
Sinegal had worked in wholesale for both FedMart and Price Club, and while Brotman was a lawyer his family had been in retail for years.
The company operates on a membership bases similar to that of Sam’s Club. Customers pay a yearly fee to shop there but get to take advantage of wholesale pricing.
Today Costco is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the United States with over 140,000 employees and 584 stores worldwide. They also have around 55 million members worldwide.
Because this is a warehouse setting there are a lot of opportunities when it comes to employment.
If you work in the store you can work as a cashier, which means you’ll ring customers out. You may also have to assist customers in finding certain items.
You will need to be meticulous so that you are certain that your drawer balances at the end of the day.
Bakery workers are also required. Since they have a full service bakery they need bakers, wrappers, cake decorators and sanitation assistants. Deli servers and food court service assistants are also needed.
As an employee at Costco you’ll be able to take advantage of many of their benefits.
Costco job benefits for qualified employees:
- dependent care
- voluntary shorter disability
- long term disability
- stock purchase
- long term care insurance
Because they are a membership based business membership assistant, outside marketer, and membership refund cashier are all areas in which you can distinguish yourself. In most of these jobs you’ll be working with customers to begin, renew, or cancel memberships as well as solicit new memerships.
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