Costco regulars know the drill: Your card is scanned at the beginning of checkout to confirm you have a membership before purchasing anything. Some locations will also ask you to flash your card as you enter the store so they can see right off the bat that you are a member. Costco's latest initiative takes that a step further.
A photo posted to Reddit revealed that at the Issaquah, Washington, Costco location — near the retailer's headquarters — a scanning device was placed near the entry. In front of it, a sign reads, "You will be asked to scan your membership card before entering the warehouse." According to the comments, the entrance was flanked with devices managed by employees to scan cards. Once scanned, the device's screen pulls up a photo of the member, so the employee can confirm identity and membership.