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The Joy of Costco: A Treasure Hunt from A to Z

The Joy of Costco: A Treasure Hunt from A to Z


Book Overview: The Joy of Costco: A Treasure Hunt from A to Z

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.

Sample Fun Facts:

  • Costco sells more than half of the world's cashews and seven times more hotdogs than all MLB stadiums combined.
  • When Costco changed its source of salmon from Chile to Norway it impacted the economies of both countries.
  • Costco sells six million pumpkin pies each year, but only between September and December.
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David Schwartz, a renowned American author, is known for his prowess in motivational writing and his significant contributions to self-help literature. With his unique blend of psychology and business insights, Schwartz’s books have guided countless readers towards personal growth and professional success. Schwartz, who is also a distinguished professor, spent a considerable part of his career exploring the intersection between human psychology and corporate strategy, investing his wisdom in his books, lectures, and research papers. Amongst Schwartz's most notable pieces is a global phenomenon titled, "The Magic of Thinking Big" which was published in 1959. This masterpiece, providing practical advice to think beyond conventional measures, has sold millions of copies worldwide, reflecting the writer's substantial influence in the fields of leadership and performance psychology. His work primarily revolves around empowering individuals to maximize their potential, thereby crafting a timeless relevance in the rapidly changing world. Apart from writing, Schwartz has held prestigious academic and research positions in prestigious institutions. He served as a marketing professor at Georgia State University and a leadership consultant for several Fortune 500 companies. His scholarship and contribution to the field of positive psychology make him a respected figure internationally. With a legacy defined by powerful ideas and pragmatic teachings, David Schwartz's esteemed career continues to inspire readers, students, and professionals around the globe.
Susan Schwartz is a celebrated American author, renowned for her masterful storytelling abilities and spellbinding narratives. Known for her profound understanding of human emotions and remarkable ability to weave them into captivating tales, Schwartz holds a highly esteemed position within the arena of contemporary literature. Her forte spans multiple genres, including romance, thriller, and historical fiction. Born and raised in the heart of New York, Schwartz's love for literature sparked at a young age. Her passion led her to attain a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Columbia University, followed by a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. This strong academic background offered a substantial foundation to her writing career. Before venturing full-time into writing, Schwartz honed her skills as an editor for a prominent publishing house, thereby gaining comprehensive insights into the publishing industry. To date, Susan Schwartz has penned over twenty best-selling novels, each gaining accolades for their compelling narratives and unforgettable characters. Her work has not only been recognized at a national level, but it has also gained international acclaim, being translated into numerous languages worldwide. A powerhouse of creativity, Schwartz continues to enthrall her readers with her gripping tales, thereby solidifying her status as a stalwart in the literary world.

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