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  •  There is one problem with Costco as a model. (1+ / 0-)
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    kathy from austin

    Costco makes a very substantial portion of its money from membership fees. Most retail stores can't or don't charge fees.

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    by dinotrac on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 07:43:21 PM PDT

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    •  But what then is the problem? (0+ / 0-)

      I agree that "most" cannot, to the extent that they service the customer in a single area of his/her lives (e.g. apparel, appliances). But, that's not true for Wal-Mart, it services its customers needs for most of their needs, from banking to eye care to food to consumables to goods. There is no reason they could not have such a model. In fact they do, it's called Sam's Club.

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      by pajoly on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 04:02:29 AM PDT

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      •  Most Wal-Mart stores are not Sam's Clubs. (1+ / 0-)
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        They need a higher markup than a Costco, which can generate money from membership fees and cut handling costs by selling in bulk.

        The closer model I can see is Aldi stores, but those are single purpose, do not keep a lot of stock that is not in the aisle, and use very few employees.

        One thing, though --

        Today's Wal-Mart stores do not seem very much like the Wal-Marts of years ago, when Sam Walton was still around. Prices are low, but service is lower.  I remember a time when new registers would be opened if lines started to lengthen, and goods stayed in stock.  I seem to remember they also used to do a lot of promotion from within. Don't know if that's still true.  The kid's just don't seem to have the old man's approach.  Probably letting MBAs drive the bus now.  Surest ticket to death for any major corporation.

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        by dinotrac on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 06:40:11 AM PDT

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        •  Home Depot did the same (1+ / 0-)
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          One or two registers would be open with 10 people stacked in line. No one in the aisle's to ask for help either. I switched to Lowe's a few years back, or my local store for really common items I know they carry.

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          by pajoly on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 09:27:01 PM PDT

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