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Costco Wholesale Corporation is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the United States. As of July 2011 it is the sixth largest retailer in the United States, where it originated, and the seventh largest in the world. As of October 2007, Costco is the largest retailer of fine wine in the world.

Black Friday: News Articles about Early Openings Miss the Point

This year a number of retailers are opening their stores on Thanksgiving even earlier than they did last year. At the same time,…

Would 69% of Americans Turn Down a Job Due to a Company’s Poor Reputation?

New survey found that 69 percent of Americans would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation, even if…

Most Retailers Get a Failing Grade for Their Electronics Recycling Programs

The e-recycling system is still very much based on the options retailers provide us with, and as a new report released by the…

Fast Food Workers Strike – Is a Living Wage Really Possible?

Living wage proponents want to peg the minimum wage to the cost of living so that all workers, including those working in fast-food…

Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz in Favor of Raising U.S. Minimum Wage

Add Starbucks’ chief executive officer Howard Schultz to the list of business leaders in favor of an increase in the U.S. minimum wage.

Costco’s CEO Supports a Minimum Wage Hike: What Gives?

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek has scored plenty of praise, and cynicism, for his support of an increase in the U.S. minimum wage.

Disgruntled Employees and Extended Black Friday Hours = Deflated Sales

The debate over the extended Black Friday hours overlooks one important fact: that retail workers are now the face of poverty in the…

How Local is Walmart’s Local Produce?

Wal-Mart’s vow in 2010 to double its sales of locally-sourced produce by 2015 created two camps – those who believe this step can…

The Social Responsibility of Business is Here to Stay

The debate over what is the social responsibility of business is besides the point: companies are now more social responsible and there is…

Costco, the Genuine Retail CSR Leader?

Could Costco possibly be the most genuine leader when it comes to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and governance? While most big box retailers…

One Start-Up’s Quest to Eliminate Food Waste and Profit

An innovative startu-up, EcoScarps, developed a model that collects food scraps for free and re-sells them to make a profit, keeping food waste…

Why Whole Foods is Not a Sustainable Business

Whole Foods Market is performing very well in the stock market. An article on Motley Fool argued that these results are connected to…

Whole Foods, Costco, PF Chang’s Tied to Squid Fishing Slave Labor

A six month investigation conducted by Bloomberg Businessweek found evidence of debt bondage on fishing vessels operating in New Zealand's waters. The report…

USDA Bans More E-coli Strains from Meat

The USDA announced that it has “extended” its zero tolerance policy to those six additional strains of E. coli. Meat industry fumes; consumer…

Hundreds of EV Drivers Urge Costco to Keep Chargers

Plug In America, a very vocal, electric vehicle (“EV”) advocacy group, has issued an “action alert” to its members, after Costco Corporation announced…