Join David & Susan Schwartz on a whirlwind tour of Costco warehouses around the globe. They are two of Costco's biggest fans yet live in one of NYC's smallest apartments. Since 2016, they have been to over 200 of Costco's 850 warehouses, plus gotten behind-the-scenes looks at depots, packaging facilities, vendors, meatpacking plants, and even a pre-opening party.
Publication on September 12, 2023 is timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the opening of Costco's first warehouse. By that time, David & Susan plan to have visited at least one warehouse in 46 US states and 13 other countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, and the UK. After publication they plan to complete a cross-country Costco-themed road trip from Yonkers, New York to Yorba Linda, California, stopping to visit their favorite retailer along the way.
Topics are covered in a whimsical A to Z format, using Q & A to cover topics ranging from Cashews and Chicken to Hot Dogs and Hawaii, targeted to delight the more than 120 million Costco members and over 300,000 dedicated Costco employees. There is a Prologue that describes how the authors came to write the book and an introduction that provides a narrative history of Costco and its predecessor companies.
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"For all of us that know the Costco experience is like no other, the Schwartzes have delivered a gift book like no other." — James Patterson, best-selling author
"Everyone can learn something useful from this account of a retailing success story that has swept the world. " — Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Costco Board Member
"Even if you don't share the authors' somewhat peculiar enthusiasm for the retail wholesaler, even if you've never set foot in a Costco store, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more informative, concise, and pleasant crash course in foreign business practices...The book covers everything from foreign food courts, to pet services, to road trips, and ties it all together with a fun, cohesive style. It is a joy to behold... The Joy of Costco deserves a spot on your coffee table. Houseguests may initially scoff, but give them five minutes with the book and they probably won't want to give it back." — Seattle Book Review
"In the world of wine retail, few companies can compete with Costco Wholesale Corp. Costco has allowed millions of consumers to sample wines from around the world. In the The Joy of Costco: A Treasure Hunt from A to Z, David and Susan Schwartz provide an enlightening, entertaining and comprehensive view of the retail enterprise that knows no bounds. It's a fun and great lesson on innovation." — Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator.
"When Schwartzes say they love the Costco experience, they mean it...the book is well-researched and delivers information in a fun, concise way. The layout and the presentation invite readers to browse or read straight through but the text goes beyond factoids to share great detail on subjects even the Costco faithful might never have thought of...This is a surprising, entertaining book on an everyday subject close to readers' lives." — Publishers Weekly/Booklife
"Some folks seek adventure climbing mountains; others go on safaris. The authors chose a slightly different path: travel to as many Costco warehouses around the world as they could manage, which amounted to more than 200 of the company's some 850 current outlets. (Between 20 and 25 new warehouses open every year, so do not be surprised if there is a sequel!) How a couple who live in a 450-square-foot apartment came to love the Costco experience is only the starting point of this book, which is an exuberant and witty history and guide to a retail experience like no other...Did you know that Bumble Bee is the actual producer of the canned albacore tuna that the store sells under its Kirkland Signature brand? Or that you can get free hearing tests at Costco? Or that no rotisserie chicken stays on sale after two hours from the spit? Or that it can pay to visit one of Costo's 24 Business Centers in the United States, which cater to small businesses but are open to all members, and where you can pick up a five-gallon bucket of pickles as opposed to the measly 64-ounce jars in a regular Costco? And who knew that the Costcos in Canada sell Montreal-style bagels--smaller, with larger holes, and baked in a wood-fired oven? You do not need to be a Costco cardholder (and there are over 124 million) to buy and enjoy this handsome book. True, it does not come with free samples--a staple of Costco stores--but, on the other hand, no lines!" — Air Mail
"Beautifully illustrated and just bizarre enough to adorn your coffee table..."
"The Joy of Costco won't just sit pretty in your living room. It will have you enraptured with fun facts and inspire you to leave right now to buy a wholesale box of cashews."
"This book has made me a Costco fan, and I'm sure anyone else who picks up this book will be excited to withstand the treacherous obstacle that is the parking lot just to experience Costco the way that David and Susan Schwartz do." — Samantha Hui, The Independent Book Review