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Can Sam’s Club Use Mobile Payments To Get Rid Of The Checkout Line?

Sam’s Club is rethinking in-store payments in a big way. The wholesale retailer’s new Scan & Go Feature may be aiming to make standing in line a thing of the past.

Now operational in a new Sam’s location in Columbia, South Carolina, the new mobile payment option allow a Sam’s customer to scan UPC codes on items directly into their phone’s Scan & Go app. When they are done shopping and ready to check out, they can pay directly on their phone from anywhere in the store and bypass checkout.

The rollout of enhanced mobile payments will be accompanied at the Columbia location by Club Pick-up, which allows customers to order goods online and pick them up in-store within 24 hours.

“We’re excited to finally open our doors and be a part of the growth in northeast Columbia,” said Josh Shearer, Sam’s Club 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.”

Sam’s is not first to the omnicommerce arena in the wholesale race. BJ’s and Costco both offer curbside pickup and online delivery. But the mobile payments option is novel — and unique to Sam’s.

And if they can actually get rid of the checkout line, they might really be onto something.

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