Costco’s samples will make a comeback, but will look different than before
8:30 p.m. ET — Costco shoppers have grown used to snacking on samples as they browse aisles with family members and fill their basket with bulk items.
Those popular food samples — along with food court seating and more leisurely shopping trips — have vanished during the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, the membership warehouse club began requiring all customers to wear a mask or face covering in stores.
But on an earnings call Thursday, Costco’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said sampling will return. He said the company will slowly roll it back out at stores, starting in mid-June. Don’t expect it to look the same though, he said.
“I can’t tell you any more, but it’s needless to say, not going to be where you go and just pick up an open sample with your fingers,” he said. —Melissa Repko
United to offer voluntary separations to flight attendants, thousands of other employees
8 p.m. ET — United Airlines is preparing to offer voluntary separation packages to thousands of employees including flight attendants, fleet and customer service workers, the latest measure from an airline