1. As of 2013, there are exactly 648 warehouses in 7 countries. They have over 71.2 million card holders, earning over $100 billion in revenue annually.
2. They have over 180,000 employees — full-time and part-time — worldwide.
3. Costco has one of the best store return policies around.
5. Costco sells funeral supplies. You know, for when you eat the family-size peanut butter and gorge yourself on the peanut M&Ms.
7. A $1 million ring was on sale at one point in its stores.
8. Their employees are paid far better than, say, employees at Walmart. Costco employees get paid an average of $20.89 an hour and 88% of Costco employees have company-sponsored health insurance.
10. Since its founding in 1983, Costco has kept its hot dog and soda combination at $1.50. They sold 112 million hot dog and soda combos in 2013.
11. Costco actively banned veal from their stores in the Northwest. And their policy is to purchase meat from farms that humanely treat their animals.
12. Aisles are deliberately set up so that shoppers put unexpected items into their shopping cart. According to Costco, those items are called “treasures”.
13. Costco sells over 500 million pounds of beef ($5.1 billion) , 61 million pounds of chicken ($331 million).
14. The bible was accidentally labeled fiction at Costco.
15. About 50% of the world’s cashews are bought up by Costco. In turn $300,000 worth of cashews are sold each week at Costco.
17. The Costco in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has buggy-designated parking spots for the Amish.
18. Business school graduates don’t have much luck getting hired at Costco. This is to maintain their employee culture.
19. Costco tried to be in the upscale home furniture business, but they ended up abandoining the concept in 2009, due to lack of customers.