Today’s Tipsheet: Costco’s Secret Pricing | Selling to Sam’s | H.Depot #28 in Market Cap


“Costco Secrets – Summer 2013” by Len Rapoport.  “At the new store we noticed Poland Spring Sport Cap water was a dollar less then it is in our Hazlet store. It was $4.59 a case vs. $5.49, we thought it might have been a mistake and later found out it was not. Different Costco stores may sell the same items at different prices. The reason we were told was that the new Costco had a Sam’s Club and BJ store in the area.”  Read more:


Oldie but Goodie – “Secret Price Codes Will Save You Money At Costco” by Len Rapoport.  “Now some say that I shouldn’t give up my professional secrets and like a magic trick, should never publish it and share it with the world. But I disagree and in these very difficult times, I think it is in everyone’s best interest if we all share our tips and tricks on how to be a smarter shopper.”  Read more:


“Selling to Sam’s Club may open other doors” by Kim Souza & Michael Tilley at City Wire.  “Using Showcase Events, formerly known as “Road Shows.” was the perfect way Blake Pointer and partner Helen Lampkin got their My Brothers Salsa product into Sam’s Club and later on the shelf at more than 100 Walmart Stores and Neighborhood Markets across Arkansas and Oklahoma.”  Read more:


“Home Depot Now #28 Largest Company, Surpassing Walt Disney” at Forbes.  “In the latest look at the underlying components of the S&P 500 ordered by largest market capitalization, Home Depot has taken over the #28 spot from Walt Disney according to The Online Investor. Market capitalization is an important data point for investors to keep an eye on, for various reasons. The most basic reason is that it gives a true comparison of the value attributed by the stock market to a given company’s stock.”  Read more:


“Loblaw Shifts to Inner City in Battle With Wal-Mart” at Bloomberg.  “Loblaw Cos. $12.4 billion purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. gives the Canadian grocer an edge over bigger U.S. rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. by adding downtown stores across the country.  The second-biggest grocery acquisition of the past decade will see Loblaw gain a drugstore chain with more than 1,240 small-format stores, many in inner cities.”  Read more:


“Madison Avenue Says It Doesn’t Fear Apple’s Ad-Skipping TV Service” by Jeanine Poggi at Ad Age.  “Madison Avenue isn’t concerned over reports that Apple is talking with TV networks about a service that would help viewers skip commercials.  Apple’s current TV platform. The company is said to be planning a much more ambitious TV service.  Apple’s current TV platform. The company is said to be planning a much more ambitious TV service.  Apple wants to pay networks for the ad revenue they would lose, according to a report by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin. But media buyers say they don’t believe TV networks will go along.”  Read more:


“RadioShack revival? CEO says that’s what he’s after” by Courtney Reagan at CNBC.  “Wall Street analysts do think the new format stores look better, but aren’t sure it’s enough to truly make RadioShack competitive against rivals like Best Buy or Amazon or big-box retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and Costco. Still, investors love a comeback story and some are buying into RadioShack’s plan and the retailer is garnering new attention. The shares are up 48 percent in 2013.”  Read more & see video interview:


“Google looking into launching its own Internet cable service” by Brian Stelter at NY Times via Seattle Times.  “If Google has its way, you might someday get cable television the same way you get Gmail: through any ordinary Internet connection.  Foreshadowing a new challenge to entrenched cable and satellite providers, Google is one of several technology giants trying to license TV channels for an Internet cable service, according to people with direct knowledge of the company’s efforts.”  Read more:


“53% of Americans Mull Starting Up” by Gabrielle Karol at Fox Business.  “New research by Web hosting provider 1&1 Internet, Inc. finds 53% of Americans have considered launching a side business for supplemental income.  The survey of 1,301 working Americans found nearly a quarter of respondents wanted to be their own bosses, while 19% expressed a desire for a better work-life balance. Additionally, 21% say they want to start a business because of their passion for a hobby.  Read more:


“Walmart’s impressive soda display for Fighting Illini” by Chris Chase at USA Today.  “This soda box tribute in Champaign has gone viral.”  See the pic:


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