May 4, 2005
Costco Adds Silk Urns to Funeral-Items Line
Chicago, (Reuters) - In addition to caskets, now Costco Wholesale
Corp. is selling silk urns along with the usual warehouse-club
assortment of bulk food, office supplies and bargain clothes.
“Today many families are choosing to scatter their loved
ones and often they need to travel via airplane to different parts
of the country our world to do so,” Renaissance Urn Co.,
the product’s maker, said. The company produces the urns,
which are available at www.costco.com in a variety of colors including
green, maroon or steel blue. They sell for $64.99.
The products are designed to meet U.S. transportation security
guidelines and allow families to carry loved ones’ remains
on board, rather than having to check them as baggage.
The urns are basically plastic lined boxes covered in silk material.
According to Costco’s website, “these lightweight
fabric urns are ideal for memorial services and scattering.”
Costco last year began selling caskets in a handful of stores
in Illinois. Its Web site also lists traditional stone urns for
Costco’s Web site said standard delivery for the urns was
seven to 10 days.