Walmart unveils Sam’s Club Now, its answer to Amazon Go, opening soon in Dallas | RetailTechPodcast

Walmart unveils Sam’s Club Now, its answer to Amazon Go, opening soon in Dallas

Walmart-owned Sam's Club will soon open a cashier-free store concept that rivals Amazon Go. Walmart unveiled a new concept called Sam's Club Now Monday that aims to bring a new shopping experience powered by smartphones into the competitive retail world. The store will be in Dallas, and at 32,000 square feet is huge compared to Amazon Go locations, which range between 1,200 and 2,300 square feet. With Amazon Go, customers pick up items off the shelves and walk out the door, and the items are then charged to their Amazon accounts. In a blog post, Jamie Iannone, CEO of Samsclub.com and executive vice president of membership and technology, said the Dallas store, which is about a quarter the size of the typical Sam's Club, will be a testing ground for all types of new technology being developed. "At its core, Sam's Club Now will be a technology lab that doubles as a live, retail club," Iannone wrote. The company did not give an opening date for the store, though Iannone wrote "We're very close to opening this location." As Walmart rolls out this new store concept, Amazon Go has been growing rapidly in recent months. Read more