Sam’s Club To Introduce Small Format Store With Cashier-Less Checkout
The concept store will focus on fresh and prepared foods and integrate tech aimed at speeding up the experience for shoppers
Amazon’s near constant innovations are changing the way other retailers need to do business. For Sam’s Club, this has been a year of heavy change. In January of this year, the retailer closed 63 of its traditional stores. While most were closed for good, some of the 100,000 to 150,000 square foot stores were converted into distribution centers.
Sam’s Club is now opening smaller concept stores that integrate technology. The first store in Dallas, Texas will only be 32,000 square feet, carrying fewer products but focused on fresh food and pre-prepared meals. According to SamsClub.com CEO and EVP of membership and technology Jamie Iannone, the new club “is intended to help Sam’s improve the shopping experiences it offers its customers.”
The store will aim to get customers in and out quickly by offering features such as ‘Scan & Go’ cashier-less checkout, self-service returns and same-day pickup for online orders, catering to customers concerned with speed and convenience. The new store is slated to open this fall.