Sam's Club Stores To Gain Free Wi-Fi By November

We can almost hear the cheers from here. Currently, only a few big name retail stores offer free, fast, reliable Wi-Fi on their floors. Apple and Best Buy come to mind, but it's extremely rare to find Internet access in shops such as Sears or Macy's. And Wal-mart, too. But now that may be changing soon, as partner chain Sam's Club has decided to install routers throughout their warehouse stores and begin offering free Wi-Fi to shoppers.


The company hopes to have over 500 locations outfitted by November, enabling holiday shoppers to come in and surf the Web when they aren't rushing through lanes. When asked about the prospect of customers using Sam's Club Wi-Fi to check the prices of competitors, Chief Executive Brian Cornell said he was "very comfortable" with that. And given that Sam's Club usually does have the lowest prices around on bulk goods, we aren't too surprised with such an answer.


Reports suggest that this Wi-Fi installation will help the company push the merits of Internet connected devices, including televisions. According to Cornell: "This will allow a member to walk up to a Samsung LCD Internet-enabled TV and see how to find his Facebook page or stream video from Vudu." We think adding Wi-Fi to stores is a fantastic idea, and we're hoping that Wal-mart catches on and does likewise soon. We suspect that may take more time though, as there are far more Wal-mart stores than Sam's Club stores to get ready.
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animatortom 4 years ago

So now we will have people lined up in the electronics section, surfing the internet when you are looking for a new PC?

This is an interesting concept, yet most of the times. The computers at Sams are password locked so you cant even play on them.

Maybe parents will start to plant their kids in the electronics section while they shop? Although it might help people set thier new laptops up before they leave the store! they can make sure everything is working while having one of those dollar/slice pizzas:P

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="News"]And given that Sam's Club usually does have the lowest prices around on bulk goods[/quote]

I would need to see a supporting study before I would believe this statement. In fact, a recent JPMorgan Chase study has found that Wal-Mart (Sam's Club's parent company) has raised prices by nearly 6% on average over the last 6 weeks alone. It was the biggest sequential increase since JPMorgan started the study in January 2009, with some prices hiked over 60%. And while Wal-Mart television commercials attempt to give the perception of lower prices, such may not be the case. Take a look at THIS article if you want to learn more. Costco would be a better alternative to Sam's Club or Wal-Mart, IMO, as Costco doubles the manufacturer's warranty on electronics purchases (last time I checked).

realneil 4 years ago

Costco Is where I go. I let my Sam's Club Membership laps long ago.

Costco has been saving me tons of cash for years, but their tire prices have shot up over the past year and now the local tire-guy down the street beats them most of the time.

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="realneil"]Costco has been saving me tons of cash for years, but their tire prices have shot up over the past year and now the local tire-guy down the street beats them most of the time.[/quote]

I buy my tires at Costco. They fill my tires with nitrogen, torque the lug nuts to factory specs with a torque wrench, and give me lifetime rotation and balancing for no extra charge.

 

I am pro-Costo because they offer products and services at a good price, but there is something more here. Costco pays it's employees a decent living-wage with benefits, and I don't believe that Wal-Mart does this. Years ago Costco purchased Price Club (which was a Union store). Consequently Costco stores that were previously Price Club now have Union associates, while other Costcos are non-Union. Non-Union Costco wages and benefit packages are comparable to the Union ones, so it all works out. I shop at Costco, and I feel that Wal-Mart is to America what Foxconn is to China.

 

So my 1997 Cadillac Eldorado needs a new radiator but Pep Boy's and Auto Zone only offer Chinese radiators. I'll be damned if I put a cheap Chinese radiator into any of my vehicles! Oh, sorry, I got off topic... 

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