Costco Putting Limitations On ‘Key Items,’ Here’s What Made The List

Why retail giant Costco is putting limits on purchases of some essential goods, and how this latest restriction differs from previous shortages.

Costco Putting Limitations On ‘Key Items,’ Here’s What Made The List

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, retail and grocery stores placed purchase limitations on essential products like toilet paper, as several customers were stockpiling. However, as the pandemic got under control, these limits were lifted. Now there are different problems retailers like Costco face, causing it to re-issue purchase restrictions on certain items. 

Costco Limits The Amount Of Essential Items Customers Can Buy

On Thursday, Costco’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti announced the company is “putting some [purchase] limitations on key items.” Some of these “key items” Galanti referred to include toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, and high-demand cleaning products. However, during his announcement about Costco’s new purchase limitations, Galanti did not specify how many of each item customers would be able to buy. Some people believe the restrictions will be similar to Costco’s first round of purchase limits. 

A year ago, Costco limited the amount of toilet paper, cleaning products, etc., customers could buy because “there was a shortage of merchandise,” Galanti explained. When the pandemic first struck, people were stockpiling products because they feared the coronavirus. Due to the excessive numbers of people buying items like paper towels, toilet paper, etc., Costco was forced to limit how much people could buy. However, today the reason for purchase limitations at Costco is different. 

Why Is Costco Limiting Item Purchases? 

Despite the vaccine and declining case numbers, the coronavirus is still the reason for purchase restrictions at Costco. Galanti explained that there’s “plenty of merchandise, but there’s two or three-week delays on getting it delivered.” Apparently, there’s “a limit on short term changes to trucking and delivery needs of the suppliers” at Costco. 

According to Galanti, Costco’s supply chain is challenged by the pandemic, which has led to increased costs similar as well. Products deemed “essential” aren’t the only items that have lengthy delivery wait times. Galanti also revealed that Costco’s private label brands are struggling to meet the stores’ demand. With that, Galanti asks that customers be patient with online orders and in-store stock as Costco continues to solve the issue. 

What Is Costco Doing To Improve The Situation?

There is a positive note to the purchase limit situation at Costco, as the company is taking steps to ensure customers can buy what they need. Galanti announced that Costco is now ordering shipments earlier than usual to ensure its stores are fully stocked. 

Another step Costco took to prevent long-term purchase limitations is chartering three ocean vessels. Galanti noted the ocean vessels will transport containers between Asia and the United States and Canada, carrying “800 to 1,000 containers at a time. “

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‘American Pickers’ Set Is ‘Toxic’ After Frank Fritz Firing, Danielle Colby Next To Leave?

With Frank Fritz gone, will Danielle Colby be the next to leave?

‘American Pickers’ Set Is ‘Toxic’ After Frank Fritz Firing, Danielle Colby Next To Leave?

Is the American Pickers crew turning on each other after Frank Fritz‘s exit? One tabloid claims people don’t like the way Mike Wolfe handled his partner’s firing, and Danielle Colby might be the next to go. Here’s what we know.

Feud Explodes Behind The Scenes Of ‘American Pickers’?

Back in July, the History Channel announced that Frank Fritz would not be returning to American Pickers. Fritz used to star alongside Mike Wolfe on the beloved antiquing show, but now that he has left the program, he’s revealing all about their feud behind the scenes. Fritz remarked that he never even received a call from his co-host after he left the show to tend to his health. This week’s edition of Star reports Wolfe was actually the one behind Fritz’s firing. And apparently, the rest of the Pickers crew isn’t happy about it.

Fritz left the show due to back surgery and subsequent addiction issues. Fritz reportedly made a full recovery and checked himself into rehab. The tabloid says that once Fritz sobered up, he wanted to return to his spot on Pickers. But when he got word that he wasn’t wanted back on the show, “he thought that was Mike’s doing,” says an insider. “Mike’s got the power to hire and fire.”

The whole ordeal has soured morale behind the scenes. The source claims the workplace is “toxic” since Wolfe booted Fritz out, and fan favorite Danielle Colby may jump ship if things don’t get resolved. “Working on the show has gotten tedious and egos have taken over,” the tipster dishes. “People are saying Danielle will bail next.”

Mike Wolfe Creating ‘Toxic’ Workplace?

The cat is out of the bag — Wolfe and Fritz aren’t the best of friends. There’s no use in denying that. But Fritz’s firing wasn’t the major scandal that the tabloid makes it out to be. The magazine completely fails to mention that Fritz was gone for nearly two years before the show cut ties with him. There was no evidence to suggest he was coming back, and it’s likely both parties knew this was a possibility. And for a show like Pickers, this was likely a group decision. We doubt Wolfe is just firing people he doesn’t like on the spot. Besides, if he had this power and truly never liked Fritz, why wouldn’t he have done it sooner? The story just doesn’t check out.

But we don’t think Danielle Colby is upset with Wolfe. After the news of Fritz’s firing broke, Colby took to Instagram with a lengthy message showing her total support for Wolfe. The message began, “Out on the road again with my best friend and my big brother whose I support fully and stand behind. Thank you for the last decade of advocacy towards myself and others on set.” She also explained that she wishes Fritz the very best, and she doesn’t appreciate “tabloid rags” spreading misinformation about her and her friends. Obviously, Colby isn’t going anywhere.

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The Tabloids On ‘American Pickers’

This isn’t the first misleading tabloid story we’ve covered about the Pickers in recent months. Earlier this month, the Globe claimed Wolfe and Colby’s friendship was causing problems for his new relationship. And then OK! claimed the American Pickers crew was turning on Wolfe. Both of these stories showed a clear disregard for the facts, making it easy to disregard this one as well.

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