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April 2004

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PL Buyer
The Autority of Private Label Retailing

COSTCO Wholesale:
Retailer of the year
Category reviews:
Hair care, HouseHold Cleaners

- Retailer of the Year — Costco Wholesale
With 432 warehouses across the globe, Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale rang up $41.7 billion in sales last year. Its private label Kirkland Signature plays a statistically small, but mighty role because of its high-quality reputation and prominent position up and down the aisles of the warehouse. PL Buyer spent some time with this year’s Retailer of the Year exploring the aisles of an Oakbrook, Ill., warehouse. Take a look…
- Top 25 Retailers
PL Buyer’s annual listing of the leading retailers based on last year’s dollar sales.
- Store-Within-A-Store
Looking to create dollar sections within your store? Some leading suppliers offer some insight on where to get started.
- Top Story
- Private Particulars
- Net Margins Dip to 21.4%
- Food Lion Debuts
- Hair Care Products
The hair care category needs some shine, as category data shows little to no growth. Manufacturers are optimistic, however, about niche products capable of giving the category some more body.
- Household Cleaning Supplies
Non-traditional cleaning supplies are spurring the category, including cleaning wipes, easy-to-use tools and environmentally friendly formulations.
- Something’s Brewing
As consumers discover a new universe of flavors, varieties and other subtleties, private label opportunities in coffee and tea are growing. Retailers are taking note and making bold moves into new subcategories.
- Retailers, Where Were You?
Industry guru Tom Stephens presses for more synergies between retailers and manufacturers.
- New on the Shelf
Topco’s new premium line — World Classics Trading Co., pre-packed entrees at Publix, Wegmans salad dressing, drink mixers, liquid-filled breath mints, loose-leaf teas… and more.

- A Shameless Tirade
One Last Thought…
- Low-Carb Foods
- Ad Index

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