Our Company

At Sam’s Club, we’re committed to becoming the membership you love most. We will do this by providing excellent products and services – in clubs, online and through mobile devices – across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Our History
Our History

Our History

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Sam Walton Receives Medal of Freedom. Sam waves to the crowd while others clap in the background.

Our founder Sam Walton was the most notable business leader of his time—but no matter how much success he achieved, he never forgot where it all started. Once a humble entrepreneur with a successful five-and-dime, Mr. Sam knew firsthand the challenges of running a small business.

Passionate for leadership through service, Mr. Sam wanted to leverage his resources to help other entrepreneurs like himself access the products and services they needed to make their small businesses succeed. That’s why in 1983, he opened the first Sam’s Club in Midwest City, Okla.

Today, Sam’s Club wants to be the most valuable membership for our members. We have grown to offer solutions not just for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but also for families and everyday living as we know that these two members shop the same way. Sam’s Club serves millions of members at SamsClub.com and almost 600 locations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club also has locations in Brazil, China and Mexico. To learn more about Sam’s Club in international markets, visit our interactive map here.

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Sam’s Club is a membership warehouse club, a limited-item business model that offers our members quality products at an exceptional value unmatched by traditional retail.

Instead of stocking every item in every available brand, Sam’s Club merchants do their homework for our members, stocking the right products and purchasing them in large quantities, passing on the savings to our members. We also reduce costs by maintaining a simple shopping environment, often displaying our merchandise on shipping pallets so we can move new items in just as quickly as they move out.

Sam's Club store front

Sam’s Club also provides a variety of member benefits such as free shipping on most items for our Plus members along with Cash Rewards, early shopping, savings on medications as well as the benefits of our Club membership. Club members can take advantage of Sam’s Club Credit, Instant Savings, free health screenings, daily “Tastes & Tips” sampling demonstrations and members-only savings on fuel.

Nothing mattered more to Mr. Sam than serving his customers, and it is to this commitment that he attributed his immense success. “Our philosophy has always been simple,” he once said. “We are the agents for our customers.” At Sam’s Club, we live out his promise by delivering simple savings to our members on items they can trust. Life is better in the club – anywhere, anytime.

Company Facts

Company Facts

    • A female associate scans items for a male and female member
      Company
      A division of Walmart Inc., we are the membership warehouse club solution for everyday living. Our President and CEO is Kathryn McLay and our headquarters is in Bentonville, AR. For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2018, Sam’s Club’s total revenue was $59 billion.
    • Sam's Club Associates
      Opportunity
      Sam’s Club employs thousands of associates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Approximately 75 percent of club management was promoted from hourly positions.
    • Sam's Club Exterior Sign
      Clubs
      There are almost 600 clubs across the U.S and Puerto Rico and averages 136,000 square feet. Our first club opened in Midwest City, Okla. in 1983. Many clubs include sustainable features such as day-lighting with skylights, night dimming, central energy management, water-conserving fixtures, natural concrete floors and recycling.
    • Mark's Mark sign by frozen products
      Brands
      In addition to the leading national brands, Sam's Club also carries Member's Mark, an exclusive, premium-quality private brand. Member's Mark products are exclusive designs that use top-of-the-line materials and the highest quality ingredients to make sure you get the best quality and value at members-only prices.
    • A male associate interacting with a female customer
      Membership
      Sam’s Club Membership more than pays for itself with exclusive savings on the things you need, the things you love, and all sorts of unexpected things. For full membership details, click here.
    • A female associate helps a female member with a pickup order
      Member Benefits and Services
      Sam’s Club focuses on providing members with exclusive savings and quality merchandise, as well as free shipping on many items, savings on fuel, prescriptions and more. We offer our members the most choices on how to shop with us, anywhere, any time. A complete list of member benefits and services can be found here.
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