Costco Has Brought Its Sample Stations Back!

It’s news that Costco fans around the country have been waiting for — many Costco locations have brought back their sample stations after suspending them due to the pandemic.

From NBC News:

Food sampling is back: Costco is bringing back sampling stations at 170 of its roughly 550 locations this week, after the warehouse club suspended sample stations 14 months ago, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While this is good news, not all is normal in Costcoland. Customers are reporting that they are encountering empty shelves due to supply chain issues.

From MarketWatch:

Costco Wholesale Corp. COST, +0.51% described a wider range of supply chain problems.

‘From a supply chain perspective, port delays are continuing to have an impact,’ said Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, on the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call last month, according to a FactSet transcript.The company also faced shortages of pallets, ships and containers.

Pent-up demand is also an issue.

And this problem looks like it will continue through the end of the year. But, let’s look on the bright side — the sample stations are back! And if you’re a Sam’s Club person, you’ll be happy to know that also decided to bring back their sample stations at all 600 of their locations.

So, we are inching closer to things returning to normal.