Costco testing out new system to prevent nonmembers from entering stores

Grocery retailer Costco is testing out a new system for customers entering the store that would prevent nonmembers from shopping inside.

The move by the warehouse shopping center was first discovered in the state of Washington, where people spotted a sign informing shoppers they would be asked to scan their membership card before they could enter the store. The move is likely an attempt to cut down on nonmembers bypassing membership requirements to shop at the store because the retailer has also utilized self-checkout registers.

“A few Costco locations are scanning Costco membership cards at the entrance,” a company spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. “This test is to match members to their cards at the door prior to shopping for an improved member experience.”

Shoppers are required to have a membership in order to shop at the retailer, which costs shoppers an annual fee. The fee can cost
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