SAM'S CLUB In China
Sam’s Club is a chain of high end membership-only clubs under Walmart Family, which is the Top 500 global company—Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., named by the retail giant Mr. Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart. Since the first Sam’s Club opened in Midwest City in Oklahoma State in April of 1983, Sam’s Club has a history over 30 years. At the beginning of 90’s, Sam’s Club starts to enter international market and has become one of the largest membership clubs around the world. At the present, Sam’s Club has developed 800 chain clubs globally and provides superior service to over 50 million individual members and business members. The first Sam’s Club in China was opened in Shenzhen on August 12, 1996. So far, Sam’s Club has developed a total of 18 clubs in China which are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Dalian, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuhan, Changzhou, Zhuhai, Tianjin, Xiamen, Nanjing and Changsha. In the future, Sam’s Club will continue to expand investment in China, bringing quality life to more and more Chinese families.
A Sam's Club has an average shopping area of 20,000 square meters and offers bulk groceries and general merchandise. To satisfy customers’ needs for higher quality, Sam’s Club only provides either the best quality product in the category or the best-selling brand. The Club offers 4,000 high quality-to-price ratio items, including categories such as fresh, groceries, household appliances, home, apparel and etc. The Club saves customers from the trouble of product comparison, which also saves their time and money. The commodities sold in Sam’s Club usually come in large and simple composite packages, lowering the costs through purchasing in large quantities. Sam’s Club emphasizes on accessibility of the location. The clubs usually provide at least 1,500 parking spaces for its members.
Sam’s Club announced at the opening ceremony of its Longhua club on July 26, 2017 that it will pilot in compact model club to accelerate expansion in a more flexible, simplified and high-efficient way and plan to have 40 clubs nationwide by the end of 2020. In addition, it will invest 100 million yuan in launching “high value item project” to further demonstrate membership value through long-term high value savings.
Starting from the end of 2010, Sam’s Club’s online store（www.samsclub.cn）launched Sam’s Club members online shopping direct delivery service in cities where Sam’s Clubs are located, including Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuhan, Changzhou, Zhuhai, Tianjin and Xiamen.
Starting from October in 2012, Sam’s Club’s online store started to provide chilled and frozen food online, with specific same-day-delivery service in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Dalian, Wuhan, Tianjin and Xiamen. In the future, the chilled food direct delivery service will be extended to more areas. It is convenient for our members to buy hundreds of items covering fruit and vegetable, meat, egg, bakery, and the chilled and frozen at Sam’s Club E-commerce services.
In April 2014, Sam’s Club announced the launch of Sam’s Club App that can be downloaded from internet following the launching of Sam’s Club Wechat account in order to provide Sam’s members multi-shopping channels. It’s convenient for Sam’s members to shop online. The Sam’s Club App also helps members check their shopping records and list of frequently purchased items and receive e-newsletter of the latest promotion information as well as allows customers to apply for membership through the App.