Will Sam’s Club accept Apple Pay in 2022? (No, but try this…)
Some days you just want to pay for an item without queuing. With so many contactless payment options to choose from, why line up?
Considering that most people use iPhones, it makes sense that Sam’s Club accepts Apple Pay as well, right? The truth will surprise you!
If you’re wondering if Sam’s Club will accept Apple Pay in 2022, you’ll have to read on to find out!
We’ll also answer other questions you may have, such as:
- What payment methods does Sam’s Club accept?
- Why doesn’t Sam’s Club accept Apple Pay?
- How do I check if a store accepts Apple Pay on Apple Maps?
Does Sam’s Club accept Apple Pay?
Sam’s Club will not use Apple Pay in brick-and-mortar and online stores until 2022 or in the near future. Customers can pay at checkout through other methods such as Sam’s Club Scan & Go, cash or gift cards.
What payment methods does Sam’s Club accept?
According to their official website, Sam’s Club accepts a variety of other payment methods.
|Sam’s Club brick and mortar store||SamsClub.com|
|debit card||debit card|
|Sam’s Club Card (PLCC)||Sam’s Club Card (PLCC)|
|Walmart and Sam’s Club Gift Cards||Walmart and Sam’s Club Gift Cards|
|American Express||American Express|
|prepaid credit card||prepaid credit card|
|cash or check||Digital Wallet Service|
|SNAP/EBT||Sam’s Club Credit Direct Account|
Why doesn’t Sam’s Club accept Apple Pay?
Although Apple Pay is one of the most popular payment methods, many retailers choose not to integrate Apple Pay into their systems for various reasons.
Sam’s Club didn’t disclose why they didn’t accept Apple Pay. However, they have been aggressively promoting their in-house payment option Scan & Go on their membership app.
This would make Apple Pay an indirect competitor, among other benefits of having its own payment method. Apple Pay also doesn’t collect customer data — critical information retailers collect to optimize the customer shopping experience.
Through Scan & Go, Sam’s Club can collect important data such as:
– Most frequently purchased items
– repeat purchase
– Best selling time
– Supplementary purchases
This information provides Sam’s Club with a wealth of information about customer buying behavior, allowing them to make adjustments and enhance the customer’s overall shopping experience.
Why don’t some stores accept Apple Pay?
Some retailers in the country, like Burger King, Kroger, Walmart, Marshalls, Amazon, and Wendy’s, also don’t use Apple Pay for various reasons. Often, they need to collect customer shopping data like Sam’s Club, while others are introducing their own payment systems to compete with Apple Pay.
However, many stores including Ross, McDonald’s, Food Lion, Jack in the Box, Popeyes, Target, Family Dollar, and Taco Bell accept Apple Pay. Given the convenience of Apple Pay and the widespread use of iPhones, it’s only natural for companies to integrate Apple Pay into their payment processes.
How to check if a store accepts Apple Pay?
In addition to asking the cashier to check if a store accepts Apple Pay, open the Apple Maps app, search for the store, and select “Know it works.” Stores that accept Apple Pay will have a check mark next to them “Accept Apple Pay.”
Sam’s Club Scan
We assume the main reason Sam’s Club doesn’t accept Apple Pay is that they are pushing Scan & Go as their primary payment method and encouraging sign up for their loyalty program.
Scan & Go is one of many features for Sam’s Club members that allows shoppers to bypass long lines at checkout and pay directly from their phone. In addition to saving time, you can avoid physical contact with others, allowing for quick and seamless payments.
You can also use Scan & Go at Sam’s Club gas stations, curbside pickup, and other departments.
How to use Scan & Go
- Sign up for Sam’s Club membership here.
- download Scan the app.
- Open the app and scan the UPC code on the item before paying. (For products without barcodes, use “Find an item.“)
- Follow the app instructions to checkout.
- Show the barcode to the clerk at checkout.
Sam’s Club will no longer use Apple Pay from 2022, as they want to promote the use of Scan & Go, their own contactless payment method. You can use Scan & Go on Android and iPhone, as well as at Sam’s Club curbside pickups or gas stations.
Customers shopping from Sam’s Club can also use their membership app to purchase items at discounted prices or to receive promotional materials via email.
How is your experience with Apple Pay? Let us know in the comments below!