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07/25

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SAM'S Club Unveils Redesigned Online Membership Warehouse Club

BENTONVILLE, Ark.,-- From day-care supplies to go-carts and computers, SAM’S Club’s redesigned, full-service, online membership warehouse at www.SAMSClub.com has the hottest selling items of the season. The site’s surprising merchandise assortment offers more than 1,600 items for sale and several unique features, including a Click n’ Pull service that leverages the bricks and mortar club locations to form a true clicks and bricks model of fulfillment.

Click n’ Pull provides members an opportunity to place orders online for pickup within 24 hours at their local SAM’S Club. Members can select from more than 2,500 items in their local club’s inventory, which is up-to-the-minute, and will be notified via e-mail when the order is available for pick-up at their selected club. The Click n’ Pull service is currently available in markets in Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington and will continue to roll out across SAM’S Clubs at more than 460 facilities nationwide.

The redesigned site is the result of a partnership between SAM’S Club and Wal-Mart’s information systems division to marry the bricks and mortar business with the Internet by leveraging the existing network of SAM’S Clubs’ nationwide. "We are thrilled to offer our members and potential members a full-service Web site and the opportunity to shop online at SAM’S Club, where we offer a variety of unique services and merchandise," said Tom Grimm, president and CEO of SAM’S Club.

"With an online presence, our members can shop SAM’S Club directly from their homes and businesses at their convenience. And, members will have access to select merchandise that may not be available in the physical clubs. SAMSClub.com also provides us opportunities to continue enhancing membership benefits." Grimm added, "SAM’S Club will rely on our members feedback and input as the site continues to evolve." SAMSClub.com will routinely feature special new items, providing members with merchandise surprises such as brand name merchandise, including jewelry, watches and fine accessories; general merchandise such as books, CDs, DVDs, computers and office supplies; collectibles including crystal and stemware; and gourmet foods such as steak, lobster and key lime pies.

Specialty catalog selections including school and day-care equipment, vending machines and institutional linens for restaurants will also be available online. SAMSClub.com will soon begin offering Broadband capabilities, allowing members to preview CDs, DVDs, and movies. Also, coming soon will be cost-saving travel andembroidery services.

SAMSClub.com will continue to focus on merchandise areas including office furniture, restaurant supplies and major appliances that offer value and excitement to its members. The site additionally features an online membership application section for consumers interested in reviewing and applying for a SAM’S Club membership. Existing members can renew memberships on the site or explore upgraded membership options. Additionally, members can use the site’s Club Locator feature to find the addresses of SAM’S Clubs anywhere in the United States and obtain driving directions to the club of their choice.

Design and construction of SAMSClub.com was a joint effort between SAM’S Club’s e-Business, Wal-Mart’s information systems division, Quantum Leap, Broadvision and Hewlett Packard.

SAM’S Club, with 1999 sales of more than $24 billion, is the largest membership warehouse club in the United States with more than 460 clubs and more than 39 million cardholders. SAM’S Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest retailer with 1999 sales of more than $165 billion. Last year, associates of the company’s 3,000 Wal-Mart stores, SAM’S Clubs and distribution centers raised and donated more than $163 million to charitable organizations nationwide.