Warehouse clubs are designing smaller stores, with a focus on omnichannel features and a carefully chosen selection. They are also seeking to borrow from Amazon by offering free shipping benefits to members. In the restaurant space, third-party aggregators are becoming a popular preference as QSRs are turning to in-store kiosks. And gig workers are expected to be a large chunk of overall U.S. income this year.
32,000: The square footage of a new Sam’s Club store in Texas, with a smaller selection of products, but full of digital features like Scan & Go checkout.
$100: The fee for a Sam’s Plus membership, which gives members free shipping, similar to Amazon Prime.
55 percent: The proportion of surveyed consumers in Q4 2017 who said a third-party aggregator app is the top reason they prefer a merchant.
$1.4 trillion: The amount of total U.S. income that gig workers are projected to generate in 2018.
1,000: The number of in-store kiosks McDonald’s plans to add per quarter over the next two-plus years.