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New Sam’s Club store provides seamless shopping


A Sam’s Club location opening in Columbia, South Carolina, will be among the first to offer a new mobile payment option.

The discount club chain will open the Columbia store on Thursday, July 21. It will be one of the first Sam’s Clubs in the country to offer the retailer’s Scan & Go shopping feature. The mobile app enables shoppers to scan UPC codes on items as they load them into their cart. When they are done shopping and ready to check out, they can pay directly on their phone from anywhere in the store and bypass the checkout line.

The Columbia location will also offer Club Pickup, which enables members to order household or business items at the Sam’s Club e-commerce site and will be ready for pickup in less than 24 hours.

“We’re excited to finally open our doors and be a part of the growth in northeast Columbia,” said Josh Shearer, store manager. “Along with this brand new club, we bring new technology and convenience with our new Scan & Go shopping app and our enhanced Club Pickup ordering service. We can’t wait for our members to try it.”

Rival discount chains such as BJ’s Wholesale Club and Costco are offering customers omnichannel conveniences such as curbside pickup and online delivery. Sam’s Club is stepping up the seamless experience competition in its vertical, expect other participants to rise to the challenge.

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