Wal-Mart China opens doors to Sam’s Club

Wal-Mart China customers can now order from its Sam’s Club stores in the US.

It is Wal-Mart’s latest bid to boost growth in China since selling its online business there to JD.com 11 months ago. The US retailer has a 12 per cent stake in JD.

About 200 products from Sam’s Club stores will initially be available for customers in China to order via JD’s website, expanding to 700 before year end, says Wal-Mart spokesperson Rebecca Lui. The company is focussing on personal care, baby supplies and nutritional supplies that are mostly not available in China.

Sam’s Club has sold products on JD since October, drawn from the stock in its 15 physical stores in China. Wal-Mart itself also has more than 400 stores in China.

The company is also tweaking its partnership with JD’s delivery service Daojia to guarantee one-hour delivery, down from two hours.

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