Target's Chief Digital Officer Suddenly Departs
September 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

Jason Goldberger, Target’s chief digital officer, has left the company in a sudden shakeup at the Minneapolis-based retailer. Goldberger’s responsibilities will be divided up between Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara and Mike Triton, chief marketing officer. Goldberger is the second high-profile executive to leave Target this month. Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Jones abruptly resigned earlier this…

Target Testing New Loyalty Program Within Cartwheel App
September 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Users of Target's wildly popular Cartwheel app are getting a few new loyalty perks. The Consumerist reports that starting this month, Target is testing new rewards features within the Cartwheel app. Guests in pilot markets — Denver, Houston, St. Louis and San Diego — will receive points for nearly every dollar spent at Target. Once a customer…

Target to Hire 70,000 for the Holiday Season
September 13, 2016 at 11:46 am

Target said yesterday that it's hiring 70,000 seasonal workers during the busiest time of year for the retailer. That’s the same number as last year, reflecting a slowdown in the discount retailer’s business and less-than-rosy outlook for the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas period. Of those 70,000, the vast majority will be in Target's stores, but 7,500 will be assigned…

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 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…