One of the best ways to understand the buying and merchandising strategies at BJís, Costco and Samís Club is to analyze the changes and trends in all club departments. The entire list of club departments is divided into four main groups:
1. Softlines, HBA, Office, Alcohol.
2. Dry Grocery, Candy.
3. Automotive, Home Goods, Majors, Sundries.
4. Frozen, Refrigerated, Perishable
This white paper provides the most recent analysis of each department group and of business items. The softlines, HBA, office and alcohol analysis was done in March, 2013. The dry grocery and candy analysis was done in May, 2013. A business item analysis was done in July, 2013. The automotive, home goods, majors and sundries analysis was done in August, 2013. The cooler and freezer departments were done in November, 2013.