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How to Get Product Into Costco

Susan Walker - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wondering why you cannot seem to find clear instructions regarding how to get product into Costco? There are two main reasons for this shortage of information. 

First, not many people truly know and understand how to get product into Costco. Other than directly from the source itself, few companies or individuals have the knowledge to successfully educate others about this topic. Even those who have worked with Costco once or twice are not likely to be knowledgeable about how to get product into each individual Costco department.

Second, much of this information is considered to be “trade secrets”, and is simply not accessible for public access. Unfortunately, this makes it very difficult for companies to gain access to pertinent information regarding how to get product into Costco.

However, all is certainly not lost for hopeful Costco vendors. Affordable resources are available to any company looking for information about how to get product into Costco. For instance, VendorCo has access to a wealth of information related to how to get product into Costco. After 20 years of experience and daily interactions with the Costco buying staff, we can answer most questions about Costco’s processes at the drop of a hat. This information is openly available to any of our clients, or through consultations.

Though it may be difficult to find, information about how to get product into Costco is available. All you have to do is call us! Whether you are looking for long term representation and a commitment to service throughout your Costco program, or if you just want to clear up a few loose ends before proceeding, you can find exactly what you are looking for through one of our services.

Contact us at help@vendorco.com to find out if a partnership is right for you, or visit our services page here for more information about a personalized consultation. 

How to Get Your Product Into Costco

Susan Walker - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

If you have stumbled upon our website looking for information about how to get your product into Costco, then you have come to the right place.

We encourage you to stop now, and ask yourself how much time you have spent thus far researching answers and information regarding how to get your product into Costco. Now imagine how much more time and effort you will put in before you are ready to actually move forward. Finally, think about eliminating all of that time, effort and energy spent researching a topic that is virtually inaccessible without firsthand experience.

You CAN eliminate the guesswork, by teaming up with VendorCo. With over 20 years of Costco specific expertise and experience, we have already done the research required to help you understand Costco. Whether you are interested in Manufacturer Representation, or you just want answers to your questions, VendorCo can help! We work with the Costco buyers on a daily basis, and we understand how to get your product into Costco.

You may be able to locate general information about how to get your product into Costco, but this public information can be wrought with errors, and is certainly not tailored to your company, product, and specific department. VendorCo is your premier source for Costco help – tailored specifically to your items!

Contact us today, at help@vendorco.com for more information about our manufacturer representation, or view our services page to sign up for a consultation.

How to Sell Product to Costco

Susan Walker - Friday, June 14, 2013

Wondering why you cannot seem to find clear instructions regarding how to sell product to Costco? There are two main reasons for this shortage of information. 

First, not many people truly know and understand how to sell product to Costco. Other than directly from the source itself, few companies or individuals have the understanding needed to successfully educate others about this topic. Even those who have worked with Costco once or twice are not likely to be knowledgeable about how to sell product to each individual Costco department.

Second, much of this information is considered to be “trade secrets”, and is simply not accessible for public access. Unfortunately, this makes it very difficult for companies to gain access to pertinent information regarding how to sell product to Costco.

However, all is certainly not lost for hopeful Costco vendors. Affordable resources are available to any company looking for information about how to sell product to Costco. For instance, VendorCo has access to a wealth of information related to how to sell product to Costco. After 20 years of experience and daily interactions with the Costco buying staff, we can answer most questions about Costco’s processes at the drop of a hat. This information is openly available to any of our clients, or through consultations.

Though it may be difficult to find, information about how to sell product to Costco is available. All you have to do is call us! Whether you are looking for long term representation and a commitment to service throughout your Costco program, or if you just want to clear up a few loose ends before proceeding, you can find exactly what you are looking for through one of our services.

Contact us at help@vendorco.com to find out if a partnership is right for you, or visit our services page here for more information about a personalized consultation. 

Selling Products to Costco

Susan Walker - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 Selling products to Costco requires patience, dedication, knowledge, and plenty of hard work in order to succeed. Specifically, selling products to Costco requires a nuanced understanding of the demographic, market opportunities, and unique processes and procedures. Failing to understand the inner workings of Costco may result in a loss of revenue, a failed program, and/or damaged relationships.

Don’t take the risk! Be sure that you are properly informed before attempting to sell products to Costco. Not sure where to begin? Fortunately, VendorCo can help. We are experts in Costco product placement and program development, and can help you prepare and plan for a successful relationship with Costco.

You can try to do it all on your own, guessing and struggling to figure out what Costco requires, or you can come to the professionals who understand Costco. We can perfect your product presentation and mold it into what is most desirable to the Costco buyer. The choice is yours, but taking the guesswork out of a stressful situation like working with Costco is well worth the time and effort for a better chance of success.

Selling products to Costco tarts with a phone call! Contact VendorCo today, at (866) 883-4480. We look forward to hearing from you

Costco Advertising

Susan Walker - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

When you sell to Costco, your item is exposed to millions of members as they walk through the sales floor. When you sell to Costco.com, your item has similar or even greater potential. The difference is that your item is not as visible on Costco.com unless you advertise!

Costco offers affordable advertising options for vendors that help expose your product(s) to millions of loyal Costco shoppers. Advertising fees are collected by Costco, and VendorCo cannot and will not mark up these fees. Our purpose is to help our clients have the most successful program possible with Costco and Costco.com.

VendorCo can help you budget, plan and implement appropriate advertising options that work for you. With years of experience working with Costco.com, you can trust us to provide you with reasonable opportunities that have a history of success. But you have to contact us first!

How? Reach us at (866) 883-4480, or at help@vendorco.com

Costco Product Testing

Susan Walker - Thursday, May 23, 2013

Before contacting Costco, you should be aware that Costco has its own unique processes and procedures for product testing. If you already sell to retail, you have likely been required to go through product testing before. Even if your product has passed testing inspections 1 or 1,000 times, you may need to go through this process again when you start working with Costco.

This is because Costco’s requirements for passing product testing may differ from other retailers, and may even be more stringent. For this and other reasons, Costco mandates the use of a few pre-approved testing facilities for all product testing.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your products will pass testing inspections; however, VendorCo can help explain Costco’s unique processes more clearly for our clients, so you are prepared for this requirement when it arises. 

To be better prepared for Costco testing procedures, partner with VendorCo today. Contact us by phone at (866) 883-4480, or via e-mail at help@vendorco.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Costco Vendor Contact

Susan Walker - Monday, April 29, 2013

Getting in contact with the right people at Costco is a very important step in the product placement process. It may be difficult to properly locate the correct avenues and the correct Costco vendor contacts. All too often sales representatives are disappointed to find that they are completely lost within the Costco buying stream and unaware of who to talk to for various business interests. Making sure that you have the right connections is crucial for successful communication within Costco. So how can you locate the correct Costco vendor contact? Luckily, VendorCo is here to help connect our clients to the right people.

Rather than having to guess at who to talk to, communicating with VendorCo first will benefit you in many ways, including locating the correct Costco vendor contact and knowing what to say when talking to Costco’s key decision makers. Make sure you are prepared before approaching Costco, by speaking to one of VendorCo’s Costco experts. Contact us today to find out more about how VendorCo can help you sell to Costco, at (866) 883-4480, or help@vendorco.com

Doing Business with Costco

Susan Walker - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 Doing Business with Costco has the potential to help your business grow in many ways. Costco serves millions of members throughout the United States from a high end demographic. These members continually renew their memberships from year-to-year (with a renewal rate of over 85%!), and their shopping habits are generally resilient to the changing economy. For these, and many more reasons, doing business with Costco can be extremely beneficial and lucrative.

However, you cannot simply walk into Costco and ask to sell your product. You have to know who to talk to, how to talk to them, and you must have a valuable product that is in high demand. Equally as important, you must understand the Costco business model and follow appropriate guidelines. But this is not always so easy to do. Information about doing business with Costco is not readily available for research as many important pieces are considered to be trade secrets. Information that IS available may not always be completely reliable or accurate.

So how do you do business with Costco? There are several ways to deal with Costco. You may plan on spending hours upon hours researching information that may not be available regarding Costco’s procedures, and hoping that your product is Costco material, OR you can seek help through a Costco professional. This is where VendorCo comes in. Having VendorCo on your side gives you a better chance at Costco placement. If your product is not appropriate for Costco, then we can steer you in the right direction rather than letting you waste your precious time.

 Give one of our representatives a call today and get start your business relationship with Costco.

Contact VendorCo: help@vendorco.com or (866) 883-4480

Costco New Vendors

Susan Walker - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Costco Wholesale is a $75 Billion dollar success story! Their huge success in retail is a reflection of the brands their vendors offer.  No matter if you are one of Costco’s New Vendors or an existing well established vendor, the same holds true: brand, value and volume contribute to the quality Costco Members have grown to expect. 

Becoming a New Costco Vendor offers a huge boost to sales and helps drive brand recognition to over 55 Million Costco Members.  Whether Costco shoppers are looking to buy a ½ sheet cake for $17.99, a gazebo for $1,999, or stock up for their business or personal needs, they are confident that Costco products are high quality and reasonably priced, every day.

Which New Costco Vendor will the seasoned Costco buyers purchase from next?  Could it be you? Call VendorCo to find out at (866) 883-4480. We look forward to hearing from you!

Step Four: Make an action plan

Susan Walker - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Now, focus on each of your long/short term goals one at a time and make a list of steps that you will take to achieve each of your goals. You will want to develop a succinct plan of action for each goal, so you know the exact direction that your company is heading.

Maybe your goal for 2012 is to begin speaking with Costco about product placement. Your action steps should be first to evaluate your Costco readiness, locate the buyer, develop product presentation, etc. etc. As you can see, your action plan will depend on your short/long term goals.

Keep in mind that the plan of action for your long term goals will be incomplete and may depend upon your short term goals first. 


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