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Bulk retailer Sam's Club adds free shipping in bid to compete with Amazon

Bulk retailer Sam's Club adds free shipping in bid to compete with Amazon
From TechCrunch - February 14, 2018

If you cant beat em, shift to a similar business model. In its struggles to adapt to a post-Amazon retail landscape, Walmart subsidiary Sams Club is adopting an online membership model notably similar to Prime.

The bulk retailers new Plus membership gives shoppers the ability to opt out of shipping costs by ponying up $100 a yearthats a full dollar more than Amazons offering. The deal also includes some in-store retail perks, including earlier shopping hours at the companys brick and mortars.

Plus joins the retailers existing Club membership, which has been streamlined a bit, for those who still like to get into their cars and go places. Thats ones $45 and like Plus will be available to both individuals and businesses.

The shift in business model comes as Sams Club looks to stem the bleeding caused by the rise on online retailers. As The New York Times notes, the company announced just last month that it was closing 63 retail locationsa fraction its 600+ locations (now down to 597), but a clear sign of a retailer struggling to adapt.

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