What are retail store chain Costco's target customers, its core competencies, and its strategy for delivering value?

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The Costco Wholesale Corporation, established in 1983 is, as the New York Times article the link to which is provided below, attests, considered among retail industry experts the “anti-Walmart” because of its strategy based upon providing the highest quality products at the most reasonable – which does not necessarily mean cheapest – cost, while treating employees like respected members of the company.  While this answer is not intended as an indictment of Walmart, which has been heavily criticized for its low wages and low-quality consumer goods, any discussion of Costco’s success has to include some level of comparative analysis with regard to other similar chains. 

In addition to the aforementioned New York Times article, the Washington Monthly article also linked below summarizes...

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