Impact of the Current Global Economic Environment at Costco

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Executive Summary Costco is one of the most profitable retail stores in the United States at the moment. This is in spite of the prevailing tough global economic times and stiff competition from stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. Costco, a members’ wholesale retail store, was founded in 1983 in Washington by Jeffrey Brotman, who serves as the current Chairman of the board of directors and James Sinegal, the current company president. Costco has not been spared by the current global economic conditions. They have affected it in a number of ways that have made the company’s management respond in a manner that is meant to ensure that the business not only survives but grows even stronger. First, Costco has taken strong measures to keep…show more content…
Some of the areas that get affected by global economic circumstances include investment, access to supplies, compensation of employees, hiring of employees, operations, social issues, labor practices, output, marketing, and expansion to new markets. This paper examines the impact of the current global economic and financial conditions on staffing, compensation, operations management, social issues, and labor practices of Costco. The business reality is that the current global economic and financial conditions have not led to cuts in compensation of employees and the slimming down of some of Costco’s outlets as it is the case with other stores such as Wal-Mart. Hiring has also not stalled and labor practices are now being carefully observed to minimize litigation costs. Additionally, contentious cultural and social issues are steered clear of as a way of avoiding any disturbances to an already unpredictable business climate. Costco’s operations management has assumed a leaner outlook with emphasis on quality services from smaller workforces. Company Overview Costco as a company began operations in 1983 with its headquarters in Issaquah, Washington (Costo 1). It was founded in Washington, United States by James Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman. Brotman comes from a family that had been involved in retail business before the establishment of Costco. Therefore assuming that his background may have prepared him for running Costco

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