WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Walmart-owned Sam’s Club is set to open a cashier-less store in Dallas, Texas next month.
- Called Sam’s Club Now, it’s very much like Amazon where there is no cash registers, checkout lines, or cashiers.
- Shoppers will use an app to save their shopping lists, scan items and pay for them using its own Sam’s Club Now app.
Sam’s Club is opening a new futuristic store next month in Dallas. The Walmart-owned store will be called “Sam’s Club Now” and just like Amazon’s cashier-less Amazon Go, it will use an app to make the experience more convenient for shoppers.
CEO Jamie Iannone announced the news in a blog post, writing that the new store is “very close to opening,” and it will serve as the “epicenter of innovation for Sam’s Club.”
Sam’s Club Now will operate without registers, checkout lines, or cashiers. The store will have more than 700 cameras to better manage inventory.
However, the report is that Sam’s Club Now isn’t going to be as high-tech as Amazon Go stores. There will be an app, a Sam’s Club Now app, for shoppers to use to scan their items as they walk through the store. But, there will be a final scan by a staff member as you exit to complete your purchase.
The Sam’s Club Now app saves customers’ shopping lists and automatically eliminates scanned items from the saved lists as they shop.
The physical store is about a quarter the size of a regular Sam’s Club warehouse. The store will also serve as a testing ground for new advancements, including self-service returns, digital price tags, and Scan & Go, which lets shoppers check out using a smartphone, the Business Insider reports.
Sam’s Club president and CEO John Furner told reporters, “This club is going to be unlike any other club we have in our portfolio.”
The company aims to add electronic shelf labels — a shelf that will update prices instantly — in the future.
Walmart’s new offering, which is in direct competition with Amazon’s new Go stores, is part of Sam’s Club’s continuing efforts to stay ahead of the technological curve. This is the latest addition in Walmart and Amazon’s ongoing battle for retail supremacy in the US.
Source: The Verge