Costco’s Free Samples Will Return; But It Will Not Be the Same


Costco has reportedly made up its mind to bring back its free food samples for shoppers as early as mid-June. The discontinuation of the food samples by Costco was a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Costco felt discontinuation was essential to prevent spread of the virus among employees as well as the customers.

Such steps become essential in the time of crisis, especially given the nature of Costco’s business where people from a vast number of localities come together to make retail purchases. Such large crowds at one place is a sure-shot way of community transmission of the virus.


Costco’s Free Samples: CFO’s Comments

Costco’s Chief Financial Officer, Richard Galanti, stated that the food sampling stations at the store will return. Mr. Galanti also told analysts that the samples will be offered in a different way than before. He did not, however, make any comments on how Costco plans on initiating the program except for a reference to new sanitary rules.

“We’re going to start doing some things in mid-June on a slow rollout basis in sampling,” Galanti commented during the call. “I can’t tell you anymore, but it’s — needless to say — not going to be where you go and just pick up an open sample with your fingers.”

Costco’s Free Samples: Safety Measures by Costco

Costco has also proactively implemented a number of safety measures at its stores across the country as the coronavirus’ grip gets stronger with time. Costco mandated wearing of masks for its customers, a restriction introduced by the retailer beginning 4th May. The company is being vigilant in preventing the virus’ spread by promoting social distancing practices at its stores. Moreover, the retailer has enacted a limit on a number of high-demand goods, for instance meat and related products.

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