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Costco has confirmed it will open a second Melbourne store in the eastern suburb of Ringwood.

posted Jul 18, 2012, 8:00 PM by Unknown user


It's official – Costco has confirmed it will open a second Melbourne store in the eastern suburb of Ringwood.
Nearly three years after the company opened its first location in Melbourne, the retail giant has expanded into both Sydney and Canberra. As part of a nation-wide plan, Costco has now started doubling up, with Melbourne the first city to get its second location.

The Ringwood move has been rumoured since as early as last year.

This opening will have a lot in common with the Sydney store, located in Auburn. The first Melbourne store is in Docklands, away from other retailers. This time it will be in the middle of suburbia, where plenty of SMEs will feel the effects.

Retail Doctor Group managing director Brian Walker says businesses need to be prepared.

"They really need to focus on their differentiated offer," he says. "Focus on service levels, loyalty programs, and so on. They should work their database, and figure out the value they add to the surrounding area."

"And what they really need to do is study Costco and then figure out what they need to do. Look at what it's designed to do and then think about the response."

For instance, Walker says, Costco isn't designed to be a company focused on customer service. Businesses in the surrounding area should focus more on investing in staff, so they can offer a complementary offering to Costco.

"They need to look at the way customers move through the stores, look at the staffing levels, and then try and identify those points of difference they can cover."

"Costco is not designed to be a very customer service-oriented business."

Last year, the Sydney opening brought a huge amount of foot traffic to the surrounding area. While businesses may complain about the extra traffic, there are plenty of other things they'll have to get used to as well.

Here are the four things you'll have to get used to when Costco comes to your neighbourhood.

Increased foot traffic

There are going to be a lot of people in your area – a lot of people. Not only will people from the surrounding suburbs be flooding into Ringwood every day, but you'll also see more people from further away. After all, Ringwood sits right on a stretch of freeway where southern commuters have access to the city. They'll just choose to stop at Ringwood instead of going into the city.

Of course, this is an opportunity in itself – more marketing opportunities!

Buying

Costco brings some great benefits, and not just for consumers, but businesses as well. If you need supplies or any other sort of product, then a Costco membership is probably a good investment and could save you on some costs.

Traffic

It's going to happen, and you're just going to have to deal with it. The traffic is going to be excessive, especially on weekends, and there isn't much of a solution. The other consequence of this is parking – people will try to avoid the crowded Costco car park if they can.

While this can be a nuisance, it's also another opportunity – having further to walk means more opportunities for advertising.

Price erosion

One of the main reasons Costco customers are so tied up in their memberships is the huge savings they can make. As a result, if you're selling groceries or any other type of food product in the Ringwood area, then you'll need to prepare for some price erosion. Customers are just going to expect lower prices.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. You just need to adjust your expectations – as Walker says, focus on your customer service offering. If you're being threatened by Costco, then identify its disadvantages and strike back.

 

Costco to announce new three stores in Sydney and Melbourne

posted Jul 9, 2012, 4:01 PM by Unknown user

Big-box retail giant Costco is expanding its footprint yet again, with reports the company will announce a new store within the next few weeks to be located near Ringwood, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

And the local managing director says the company is planning a third store for both Melbourne and Sydney, saying both locations can support more stores.


The Ringwood location was rumoured this time last year, when Maroondah City Council mayor Tony Dib made a statement hinting the store would be opening. In February, the company received an injection of cash worth $140 million to help fund its expansion.

Local managing director Patrick Noone told SmartCompany there isn't anything to be announced yet. "Not for a few weeks," he said.

The Australian Financial Review suggests the Ringwood site will be announced within the next few weeks, and that the company is also looking at more locations in both Sydney and Brisbane.

The expansion raises questions over how many stores the country can accommodate. There are currently three stores – one each in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

But with such an aggressive plan, and the company now scouting for second and third locations, can the country sustain such rapid expansion with a population of only 22 million?

'It's a dynamic business model," Noone says. "We do one, and if it does well, then we do a second, and then a third or a fourth, and so on."

"Vancouver has seven buildings for three million people, and they're doing extremely well."

Such a plan could have harsh ramifications for other retailers including the major supermarkets, along with Kmart, Target and Big W.

However, Noone says he imagines the local business will eventually end up with more than two locations in Sydney and Melbourne.

"We're certainly planning on three, hopefully in both cities."

Earlier this year, Noone also hinted Adelaide was being examined, saying the city "is an interesting area for us".




Costco Sydney - 400m queue to enter, is it really popular ?

posted Aug 19, 2011, 7:08 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 19, 2011, 7:16 AM ]

Wow, While I was googling - costco sydney,  I found really Amazing Video from Stephan . Can you Believe this ? 'A line of about 100m and waiting another 2.5 hours to enter the store as member on about 400m'. 

Costco is really what Aussie are waiting for ? 

or is there any drug makes people crazy in Costco Sydney Store


Uploaded by  on Jul 25, 2011

If you think you have seen the longest waiting line to enter a store, watch this. Costco opened its door in Sydney on 21 July 2011 and 3 days after, we had to wait an hour to get a member card with a line of about 100m and waiting another 2.5 hours to enter the store as member on about 400m. 

I have been a member of Costco since 1987 and never seen such a crazy situation...



Costco Sydney - Road chaos as Sydney goes Costco crazy - iphone repairs specialist

posted Jul 23, 2011, 1:24 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 19, 2011, 7:19 AM ]

Costco Sydney - Parramatta Road Chaos
POLICE are advising motorists to avoid Parramatta Road and surrounding streets in the Lidcombe and Auburn areas due to heavy traffic.


There are major delays due to customers attempting to attend the premises of new wholesale retailer Costco.

Police are urging motorists to avoid the area and delay travel if possible.

Motorists are also asked to remain patient if they are caught in traffic congestion.

Streets affected include Silverwater Road, Parramatta Road, John Street, St Hilliers Road, Homebush Drive and the M4 Westbound.

OMG!! so How Can I get there ? 
Here is a little tip. 



Costco Sydney - Savvy shoppers take to Costco with gusto - iphone repairs specialist

posted Jul 22, 2011, 1:32 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 19, 2011, 7:20 AM ]

Savvy shoppers take to Costco with gusto
MORE than 5000 shoppers yesterday weathered heavy rain and traffic to snap up bargains when the US bulk-goods retailer Costco opened in the western Sydney suburb of Auburn.

Nurse Marilie Guevarra and her husband Miguel took a day off and spent more than $200 on groceries.

"Prices are cheap. I paid $10 for 12 large muffins when they usually cost $3.50 each at other stores.

I paid $10 for a large tub of strawberries and $10 for a 1kg pack of chicken. Prices are definitely cheaper than Woolworths."


Truck driver Jerry Qura spent $191.47 on groceries, including $32 for a gas cylinder which he said was $20 cheaper than he usually paid.  read more...

Costco Sydney - Inside Australia's Costco outlets: how to nab amazing tech bargains

posted Jul 22, 2011, 12:34 AM by Unknown user

Inside Australia's Costco outlets: how to nab amazing tech bargains
US members-only retail giant Costco has opened its second Australian store in Sydney, with some staggeringly cheap tech bargains. We dive in.

How about a 3TB USB hard drive for $169? (27% cheaper than we could find it anywhere else.) Or a high-powered Intel Core i7 HP dv6-6012tu notebook for $699.99? (23% cheaper than the lowest price we could find elsewhere.) 

We've catalogued and compared the best tech deals we found at the end of this article.

What it's like inside Costco?

Inside the cavernous warehouse in Sydney's bargain outlet suburb of Auburn, Costco is a bit like a cross between an Aldi, a Bunnings and an Ikea. It's Aldi in that stuff is sold on pallets. There are no neatly stacked shelves with a bit of this and that like in Woolworths.

Costco Sydney -Heads Up Sydney: ‘Costco Now Open, Expect Delays’ - iphone repairs specialist

posted Jul 22, 2011, 12:31 AM by Unknown user

Costco Sydney - Heads Up Sydney: ‘Costco Now Open, Expect Delays’
Road signs flashed delays on Parramatta Road yesterday as shoppers braved the rain to be amongst the first inside Costco’s new 14,000 square metre warehouse o’ bargains in Auburn. Costco hit Melbourne in 2009, Sydney today, and opens in Canberra today. Brisbane and Adelaide are said to be next.

Costco is like a bizarre and frantic mix of Bunnings and Aldi, and this morning about 1800 customers per hour were going through the checkouts. Some groceries have major savings, while other items are comparable to what you’d see at Woolies. And tech? There’s lots of it.

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