Director Marc Webb got his start directing music videos for bands like Weezer and Green Day, and his musical background serves him well: he’s chosen an eclectic mixture of old and new tracks that feel perfectly suited to the story of a doomed, slightly neurotic romance.The film’s trailer suggests its central characters meet and bond over a shared love of the Smiths’ ’80s jangly guitar weeper There Is a Light That Never Goes Out. In my book, starting an affair (or a movie!) on a note so sublimely morose is a pretty ballsy choice.The rest of the (500) Days of Summer tracks strike a nice balance between the upbeat (the funky strut that is Hall Oates’ You Make My Dreams, the giddy, pitter pattering heart of Feist’s Mushaboom) and the melancholy (Simon and Garfunkel’s wistful backward glance Bookends), and suggest the movie will treat viewers to a clear eyed look at all the ups and downs of modern romance. Of the more recent tracks featured on the album, Regina Spektor’s Us is a standout Spektor’s loopy girlish vocals feel well matched to (500) Days’ star Zooey Deschanel’s fresh, quirky onscreen persona.Speaking of Zooey, Marc Webb has wisely chosen to save her song (the album’s best) for last.
Store employees focus on improving shoppers’ trips with free food samples, instead of stocking shelves or working in the back of warehouses.Costco has strong partnerships with suppliers and can negotiate with them for the best deals, even when inflation rises, because brands trust Costco will use the cost savings to keep price tags in stores down. Vendors are happy to oblige because it boosts their sales.A sharp focus on creating value for customers helped Costco report another stellar month of US sales in July, growing 6.6%, excluding rising gas prices, from a year ago.Despite offering fewer choices, Costco consistently injects a range of items into warehouses everything from toilet paper and wine to flat screen TVs and jewelry.”Costco’s product mix continues to resonate with a broad buying base [and] is a distinct competitive advantage,” Moody’s lead retail analyst Charlie O’Shea wrote in a May report.Costco generates high sales volumes on its products, turning over inventory faster than competitors by supplying customers with fewer brands that go off the shelves quickly. That helps Costco absorb its lower profit margins.”The average item at Costco turns through the warehouse multiple times more rapidly than at other retailers,” Campbell said.Even BJ’s Wholesale Club (BJ), which recently went public for a second time, offers more than 7,000 products, hurting its ability to compete with Costco on value, he noted.In addition, Costco relies heavily on Kirkland, which analysts believe is one of the most popular white labels across retail.Costco looks for high priced categories to enter to offer cheaper alternatives than big brands.