(Tim McFarlane)

Police: Mother-Daughter Duo Stole $28K In Target Merchandise Through Return Scheme

When you think of someone stealing merchandise from a big box retailer you probably first think of smaller items that could easily be concealed in purses or on your person. But that certainly wasn’t the case for a mother-daughter duo accused of making away with bed sets, ottomans, chairs, and other items through a return scam at several California Target stores.  [More]

Mike Mozart

Target’s Cartwheel App Now Clips Manufacturers’ Digital Coupons

For the better part of three years, Target has offered a standalone app — Cartwheel — that provides customers with discounts on certain products. While shoppers have always been able to combine actual coupons with this discount, the retailer is now aiming to make the process easier, by adding digital manufacturer coupons to the Cartwheel app. [More]

(Mr. T in DC)

Lawsuit: Target Failed To Pay New York Warehouse Workers Overtime

A group of Target warehouse employees in New York filed a class-action seeking lawsuit against the retailer, accusing the company of misclassifying workers with low-level management responsibilities so they wouldn’t receive overtime pay.  [More]

(Kristin Sloan)

Instacart Fires Minneapolis Drivers After Announcing Pay Cuts

Almost two weeks after cutting driver pay, grocery delivery startup Instacart appears to continue revamping its service in the aim of increasing profitability. To that end the company has fired all of its drivers in the Minneapolis area just six months after opening for business in the city.   [More]

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Amazon Sues Executive Leaving To Work For Target Under Non-Compete Agreement

Last month, Target announced that they had hired a top executive in supply chain and logistics who was a longtime Amazon employee. He was scheduled to start his new job in Minneapolis next week, but Amazon has filed a lawsuit to prevent him from starting, citing a non-compete contract that he signed in 2012 and confidential information that the executive, Arthur Valdez, shared during his job interview. [More]

(Mr. T in DC)

Target’s Secret “Goldfish” Project Is “Bent On Disrupting The Way People Shop”

Target isn’t exactly a brand most people associate with the mysterious codename-shrouded antics of Silicon Valley, but the retailer is cooking up something fishy with a new super-secret project in California.
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(Mike Mozart)

With Landlord Settlement, Target’s Failed Canada Experiment Nearing End

More than a year after Target announced plans to shutter its 133 stores in Canada, the retailer is finally ready to put the failed business venture behind it. The company recently reached a $30 million compensation deal with the landlords of these former Target stores. [More]

Target Recalls Valentine’s Day-Themed Mugs That Pose Fire Hazard

Imagine one morning sitting down to a nice cup of coffee in your cutesy mug only to realize its only lukewarm. No worries, the label on the cup says it’s microwave safe… except that it isn’t, and the minute minute you hit “start,” sparks start to fly. That’s the case for 12,300 Valentine’s Day-themed mugs sold by Target now being recalled for posing a fire risk. The retailer says the cups, which were mislabeled as microwave-safe, have been linked to three reports of sparks during microwaving. Customers should stop using the cups immediately and return them for a refund. [CPSC]

Target Hires Barbie To Shill For Swimsuits, Promote Body Confidence

Target Hires Barbie To Shill For Swimsuits, Promote Body Confidence

When you think of promoting healthy body acceptance, the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t putting Barbie in a bunch of swimsuits and parading her around in ads and other marketing materials. But now that the iconic doll comes in a variety of body types, that’s just what Target is doing to publicize its 2016 swim collection. [More]

Sargento Shortchanges Customers Who Prefer Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Sargento Shortchanges Customers Who Prefer Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Megan was shopping for cheese at Target over the weekend, as many sensible people do, and she noticed something strange about the pre-sliced packages of Sargento cheddar. It came in two different sizes, which had the same price. Yes, it turns out that one of them was the victim of the Grocery Shrink Ray, taking the total from 20 slices to 18, depriving customers of enough slices to make an entire grilled cheese sandwich. UPDATE: The different sizes may represent different package sizes between cheddar types, which is confusing. [More]

Hoverboards Vanish From Amazon… Again

Hoverboards Vanish From Amazon… Again

The list of retailers removing hoverboards from their virtual store shelves after receiving a warning from federal safety regulators grew again today, with Amazon stopping the sale of the self-balancing scooters for the second time.  [More]

Target Stops Sale Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns

Target Stops Sale Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns

More than two months after Target temporarily halted the sale of “hoverboards” over safety concerns, the retailer is at it again, removing the self-balancing scooters from its website. [More]

Target Introducing New Shopping Carts Designed For Children And Adults With Disabilities

Target Introducing New Shopping Carts Designed For Children And Adults With Disabilities

Pushing a wheelchair as well as a shopping cart may pose a bit of a challenge for your average shopper. In an effort to provide another option for those customers, Target is introducing new shopping carts in all of its stores that are specifically designed for children and adults with disabilities. [More]

Target Launches Gender-Neutral Home Decor For Kids

Target Launches Gender-Neutral Home Decor For Kids

Target’s gender-neutral approach to children’s toys is seeping into other aspects of the retailer’s business. Over the weekend the big box store unveiled a new brand of kids’ home decor that comes without boy or girl designations.  [More]

CVS Unveils First Store-Within-Store Pharmacies At Target

CVS Unveils First Store-Within-Store Pharmacies At Target

Target customers will soon see what $1.9 billion can buy, as CVS has officially started rebranding the big box store’s pharmacies into its own mini drugstores.  [More]

Starbucks Shrinks A Whole Serving From Iced Espresso Classics

Starbucks Shrinks A Whole Serving From Iced Espresso Classics

Good morning! It’s time to stumble to your kitchen and make something caffeinated to aim at your mouth. One handy way to do that when you’re especially sleepy is to buy pre-mixed iced coffee or espresso and milk drinks at a grocery or discount store. Only Starbucks, a popular maker of those drinks, has shrink rayed an entire serving out of their iced espresso drinks. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

15 Things We Learned About The Downfall Of Target Canada

Why did Target’s expansion into Canada fail so quickly? The company is based in Minnesota, which is dangerously close to being Canada. Yet Target Canada failed spectacularly. Why? Sure, they expanded too quickly, and had supply chain problems: we all know the answer. Yet what did that look like on the ground? [More]

Target CEO, Other Executives Paying Customers Home Visits To Improve Shopping Experience

Target CEO, Other Executives Paying Customers Home Visits To Improve Shopping Experience

Would you allow a stranger to enter your house, rummage through your closets and cupboards if it meant that your next shopping experience might be better? That’s the idea behind Target’s latest initiative to change the way it gets to know customers.  [More]