Costco Next: Big Box Retailer Expands ‘Hidden’ Membership Benefit to Offer More Savings

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The benefits of being a Costco member are many: the gigantic retail warehouse offers a wide variety of bulk goods, there are mouth-watering food samples at every turn – and in just one trip from shopping you can grab dinner, 82 rolls of toilet paper and a new jungle gym for your backyard. Plus, who can refuse the $4.99 rotisserie chicken? But there’s an unspoken benefit that many buyers don’t know about. And the unadvertised and rarely shared “Costco Next” might be one of the best merchant perks yet.

Launched in 2017, in an effort to expand Costco’s e-commerce business, the free online service involves a network of partner merchants who offer exclusive discounts to Costco members. The program has been glossed over for the past five years, but a recent announcement about its expansion is now bringing Costco Next to the spotlight.

According to an article on CNNCostco, which derives most of its profits from in-store purchases, is now doubling down on e-commerce, which surged in 2020 at the height of the pandemic but slowed significantly in 2021. So in an attempt to give customers a another reason to renew their membership and prove that Costco is more than just a brick-and-mortar store, the company is currently strengthening this little-known retail partnership.

The online benefit is available to club members at no additional cost, and the idea behind it is quite simple: visit costconext.combrowse items from 35 different brand websites and save 20% or more.

There is a range of products available – Anker phone chargers; Mikasa tableware; Branded weatherproof outerwear; Invicta watches; HO Sports Floats and Tubes and Sumbody Skincare. Costco now prominently advertises the program on its website and, according to CNNplans to add more brands and products over the coming year.

“Costco works with the best suppliers of great products to bring more value to our members through Costco Next,” the company says on its website. “When you are transferred to the sites of one of our suppliers, you will be able to buy directly from this Costco supplier. For all items purchased from Supplier’s website, Supplier will ship, provide customer service and handle returns. Vendor purchases are not eligible for Costco Executive benefits and are not included in the calculation of the 2% reward.

How it works

Once you have selected a Costco Next supplier, you will be asked to provide your first name, last name, and Costco membership number. After entering this information, you can then choose the “Visit Supplier” button, which will take you directly to that supplier’s website, where you can immediately begin shopping. You will also be able to view and receive your exclusive Costco member price.

Costco does not maintain inventory for Costco Next vendors, but simply refers members to vendor websites. All merchandise is purchased directly from the Costco Next supplier, who will handle shipping, customer service and returns.

Some providers offer a flat percentage discount with a minimum purchase, but other savings are more generous. A Weatherproof-brand microsuede bomber jacket, originally priced at $225, is selling for $46.99. The Dearfoams Fireside Sheepskin Slippers are down from $69 to $34.99.

There are a number of shopping categories to choose from, including art, beauty, clothing and accessories, electronics, kitchen items, home improvement, pets, sports and toys.

But the best part of the service? You’ll end your shopping spree with just one or two items – not a basket full of $300 worth of snacks.

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