A report claims that in an effort to expand their US retail presence, Apple is in talks with Walmart subsidiary Sam’s Club to open new Apple stores inside the company’s warehouse retail locations. Both Walmart and Sam’s Club currently sell a number of Apple products, including iPhones, iPads, and iPods, but the retail giants are looking to combine forces with Apple to capitalize on the company’s astronomical success.
9t05mac’s sources claimed Apple is looking to expand its current retail programs beyond their partnerships with Best Buy and Target in the United States. Apple already has a prominent display inside most Walmart retail locations, so it wouldn’t be a stretch for them to extend that into Walmart’s warehouse chain Sam’s Club, by implementing something similar to the Apple-store-in-store’s found at Best Buy. The new partnership would put an Apple store inside Sam’s Club’s 47 warehouse retail locations that are currently open in the United States. A backup plan is also being discussed that would have Sam’s Club “simply selling Apple’s Macs, but without the Apple Store features.”
Many detractors claim Apple is a luxury brand whose products are priced beyond the financial means of the average American, however we view this news as another example of how Apple cares more about getting their products into as many hands as possible with little regard for the mystique of maintaining the appearance of an overpriced luxury brand. Discussions for the retail expansion are still early. so a timeframe was not given, but it is believed the store-in-stores will not be coming soon.