By Sheridan Fifer
In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, warehouse club retailers Costco and Sam's Club pulled free samples from the sales floor, citing heath concerns. Now, many months later, their return marks the beginning of a gradual return to normalcy. Costco is reintroducing free samples in its clubs in phases, and Sam's Club will reintroduce them with added safety measures.
Sam’s Club has had a sampling program for more than 35 years, but the company said it was paused in March 2020 “out of concern for the health and safety of members and associates during COVID-19.”