One of the best ways to understand club buying and merchandising strategies is to analyze the departments and categories that are stocked at BJís, Costco and Samís Club. The entire list of club departments and categories is divided into the following five groups:
1. Softlines, Health and Beauty Aids, Office Seasonal and Baby
2. Dry Grocery and Candy
3. Automotive, Home Goods, Majors and Sundries
4. Bakery, Deli, Fresh Food and Produce
5. Freezer and Cooler
Each group is reviewed approximately every 12 months. The following white paper provides the most recent department analyses for most of those categories.