Loyalty360 Reads: September 9: Sam’s Club Increases Membership Fee, Gap’s Automated Fulfillment Center, and More

Sam’s Club Increases Membership Fee
Sam’s Club announced it will raise its annual fees as the warehouse club’s membership is at a record high and shoppers affected by inflation seek deals on bulk items. Fees will increase by five or ten dollars depending on the membership tier.

The price increase marks the first fee hike in nine years for the entry-level membership. The “Plus” tiered membership has not increased since 1999. Sam’s Club will reimburse the fee increase in Sam’s Cash that can be used at its stores.

Gap Opens Automated Fulfillment Center
Gap has opened an 850,000-square-foot Customer Experience Center in Longview, Texas, featuring robotics and automation technology. The company is providing a self-service portal with API integrations to Shopify, Amazon and other commerce platforms, as well as integration with post-purchase experience platforms.

Gap is also launching its new GPS Platform Service offering omnichannel fulfillment services to other retailers using Gap’s nationwide distribution network and handling tasks. This will include delivery to customers or stores, returns initiation, and processing at its fulfillment centers.

Next Level Burger Aims for Sustainability with Plant-Based Burger
Next Level Burger aims to focus on sustainability, organic ingredients and aggressive growth with plant-based offerings. Its plant-burgers feature similarities from beef to fish, and diners can top their fries with options such as plant-based chili and cheese. 

In addition to its plant-based ingredients, the chain has committed to using 100% compostable to-go ware. The restaurant chain says due to current environmental issues, eating sustainably has increased in popularity.

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