Target Confirms Holiday Plans: Gift Guides, Free Shipping, Rotating Promotions

Target Confirms Holiday Plans: Gift Guides, Free Shipping, Rotating Promotions

Yes, we’re going to have to accept that the holiday shopping season has begun. Today, Target announced its holiday promotional plans, which include discounts that rotate through departments, free shipping for online orders, and app-based toy coupons. [More]


Best Buy Will Bring Back Free Shipping On All Online Purchases

When does the “holiday season” begin? Apparently, for Best Buy, it still begins in late October. The Minnesota-based electronics retailer is re-introducing free shipping for the holiday shopping season, from now through Dec. 24. We’re in the holiday shopping season? Does Best Buy sell Halloween costumes now? [More]

Target Recalls 127K Halloween Window Clings Over Choking Hazard

Target Recalls 127K Halloween Window Clings Over Choking Hazard

One of the easiest — and less messy — ways to decorate for any holiday is to slap a few plastic clings to your windows, and if those decorations happen to include lights, even better. Except, of course, if you bought some of those products from Target, as the retailer has recalled 127,000 Halloween-themed LED gel clings.  [More]

Ex-Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Resigns From Boards Of Chevron, Target

Ex-Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Resigns From Boards Of Chevron, Target

John Stumpf, who “retired” last week from his position as CEO of Wells Fargo due to the company’s fake account scandal, is also taking the opportunity to “retire” from board seats. Oil company Chevron and retailer Target announced today in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Stumpf would be stepping down from their respective boards, both of which he joined in 2010. [More]

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Target Removes Scary Clown Masks From Stores And Website

One casualty of the current series of clown scares and hoaxes across the country has been Ronald McDonald, who McDonald’s sent on vacation while there’s a nationwide rash of suspicious incidents involving people dressed as clowns. Now Target has decided that it doesn’t want to be a supplier to aspiring creepy clowns, and is pulling clown masks from stores and from its website. [More]

Who Am I Supposed To Call When My Credit Card Info Is Stolen?


You just found out your credit or debit card info has been used by someone else to make a fraudulent purchase. There are so many different people you can call, each involved in some aspect of this theft. There’s your bank that issued the card, the credit card network the issuer uses for that card, the retailer or website that processed the payment, the police, the FBI… Do you need to call all of these or just one or two? What if you think your incident might be a sign of a larger breach? [More]

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Target “Rethinking Everything” For New Mini-Stores Aimed At Millennials

Although other retailers haven’t been able to lure shoppers with mini stores, Target is hoping to succeed where others have failed, and seems pretty confident about its plan to open a slew of mini stores in new markets. Markets filled with — you guessed it — millennials. [More]

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Online And Offline Retailers Get Started On Their Seasonal Hiring

Yes, it’s only the beginning of October, but it’s time for retailers to start preparing for the season of unbridled commerce. This year, retailers are finding that the labor market is more tight, and they need to plan ahead and maybe even offer extras to entice the best seasonal workers. [More]

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Target Launches Website To Gobble Up Startups’ Ideas

Best Buy isn’t the only retailer looking to work with hot new startups, Target was just a bit more quiet about the whole thing. Last week the big box retailer stealthily launched a website aimed at collecting ideas from startups interested in working with the company.  [More]


Target Ends Kiddie Cart Experiment After Children Terrorize Parents, Stores

You’ve probably been to a store that has child-size shopping carts: they’re a popular amenity that my five-year-old self would have enjoyed. Target recently decided to give mini carts a try in a few dozen stores in Minnesota and in New York, and has now removed them after only about a month. [More]


Christmas Creep Season Kicks Off Nationwide

Every holiday has two seasons: its actual season, and its creep season. The latter is that time of year during which people complain that it’s too soon to be selling decorations, cards, costumes, or other items for that holiday. Even things that aren’t really holidays can creep up, like back-to-school season. Here are some Christmas Creep sightings from across the country, so you’ll know where to pick up an artificial evergreen in mid-September for future reference. [More]

Consumers Suing Welspun Over Egyptian Cotton Bedding Made With Inferior Materials

Consumers Suing Welspun Over Egyptian Cotton Bedding Made With Inferior Materials

There’s more bad news for textile manufacturer Welpsun: after Target cut ties with the company, and Walmart pulled its sheets from shelves, U.S. consumers have filed two lawsuits claiming the textile manufacturer fraudulently labeled its bedding as premium Egyptian cotton when it was in fact made from lower quality fibers. [More]


Target Keeps Building Tiny Stores, Tries To Succeed Where Walmart Failed

For the first half of this decade, Walmart experimented with mini-stores: tiny Walmarts that fanned out across the country, serving markets too small to support a full-size store. The experiment ultimately failed, and Walmart closed all of its Express stores at the beginning of 2016. Target, however, wants to take over the business of building tiny big boxes, planning to build at least 25 more through 2017. [More]

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Woman Stuck By Needle In Target Parking Lot Awarded $4.6M

More than two years after a woman was pricked by a hypodermic needle her daughter picked up in a Target parking lot, a jury has awarded her more than $4.6 million. [More]


Target Testing New “Cartwheel Perks” Rewards Program

Since its launch in 2013, Target’s Cartwheel app has provided customers with several avenues of savings: from clipping manufacturer’s coupons to sending notices of what’s on sale near them. Now, the company is testing another feature that rewards customers for using the app. [More]

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Target Tries Assigning Employees To Grocery Department To Attract Customers

Target would really, really like to increase its grocery sales, but the habits of its own customers are in the way. Target shoppers simply aren’t in the store often enough to make it their grocery provider. Maybe some new changes will help change that, as Target tries the wacky idea of assigning some employees to the grocery department to keep it stocked and functional. [More]


Why Does My Amazon Order Have A Walmart Or Target Shipping Order Inside?

It doesn’t happen a lot, especially if you’re an Amazon Prime member, but occasionally if you order an item from an Amazon third-party seller you might end up with an item shipped in a Target box, or containing a shipping receipt from Walmart. It’s not illegal or a scam, but it probably means you paid more than you should have. [More]

When Do Identical Products Have Two Different Prices At The Same Store? When They’re Sold At Target, Obviously

When Do Identical Products Have Two Different Prices At The Same Store? When They’re Sold At Target, Obviously

Target’s pricing and labeling incompetence is so legendary that we now use the term “Target Math” to describe a situation where any retailer baffles customers by, for example, advertising a “sale” that is more expensive than the everyday price, or where percentages are irrelevant, or when the economy of buying in bulk is turned on its ear. The latest fuzzy math from Target involves charging two different prices for identical items, including infant ibuprofen and acetaminophen. [More]