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Retail Right Now: August 19
August 19, 2016 at 11:37 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, I recap the top news stories of the past week, including Barnes & Noble firing CEO Ronald Boire after less than a year on the job; Target's plan to spend $20 million to build single-occupant restrooms to appease shoppers uncomfortable with the retailer's stated policy that allows transgender customers and…

Target to Spend $20M on New Restrooms
August 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Target plans to spend $20 million to build single-occupant restrooms to appease shoppers uncomfortable with its stated policy that allows transgender customers and employees to use the restroom of their choice. That statement spurred a public debate on the issue and several protests, including a boycott by the American Family Association. Target hasn't changed its policy,…

Target Sells Amazon Products Again
August 9, 2016 at 10:37 am

For the first time in four years, Target will sell Amazon.com tablets and e-readers on its website and in its stores. Target stopped selling Kindles in May 2012, according to an article from The New York Times. At the time, Target was one of the bigger carriers of the e-readers outside of the e-commerce space.…

Target's IT Chief Sets New Strategic Direction
August 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

Since Mike McNamara became Target's chief information officer last June, he's ushered in a completely new direction for the retailer's IT department. When he joined, McNamara focused on what he believed were the company's weaknesses: too much outsourced tech talent; unstable systems; and too many projects on the docket. Soon after, he began putting his plan…

An Analysis of Retail Print Circulars for Back to School
July 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

As August approaches, the back-to-school (BTS) shopping season is on the minds of retailers everywhere. Recently, we covered Target’s college supply registry, which rolled out this year to capture some of the early BTS shopping dollars. However, according to our Shopper Insight Survey, 63 percent of BTS shoppers plan to do the majority of their…

‘Reverse Mentoring’ for Target Execs
July 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

Target is taking a new approach to help veteran employees stay up-to-date with technology, social media and marketplace trends. Younger Millennial workers are "reverse mentoring" the baby boomer company leaders.

Kids Lead Target's Back-to-School Strategy
July 19, 2016 at 9:29 am

Target is taking an innovative approach to back-to-school (BTS) season this year by involving kids every step of the way, from marketing to product development. The retailer announced Monday that it will build on the success of its kid-inspired Cat & Jack and Pillowfort lines by relying on kids to direct how it will fund school…

Target Updates Coupon Policy
July 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

Target updated its point-of-sale cash register software and its coupon policy to make sure discounts are accurate at checkout.

Retailers Announce Deals to Compete With Prime Day
July 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Black Friday is coming five months early for some retailers. Stores including Target, Sears and Banana Republic are offering deals around the same time as Amazon.com’s Prime Day sale, which occurs tomorrow. Competing retailers are betting that customers in the mood to shop — and maybe do some online price comparison — will head to more than just Amazon. Total Retail's…