Report: Target and Kroger Considering a Merger
March 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm

According to a new report, two of the biggest names in food retailing, Target and Kroger, are considering a merger that would bolster their position against the growing threat of Fast Company reported Friday morning that Target and Kroger started talking "last summer" about "a partnership" that would help Target's grocery business and Kroger's e-commerce capabilities. The…

FedEx to Open Small-Format Shops in 500 Walmart Stores
March 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

FedEx Office, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., and Walmart said yesterday that FedEx Office will bring its small-format stores for printing, packing and shipping into 500 of Walmart's stores nationwide in the next 24 months. The announcement comes after completion of a successful pilot program spanning 47 locations within Walmart stores across six states. Besides…

A Lesson in Personalization From Beauty By Design
March 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm

As has been written about ad nauseam in this e-newsletter and countless others retail trade publications, personalization is the Holy Grail for retailers. After all, done right, personalization elevates consumers’ lives and promotes engagement by providing products and/or content that tune into and even anticipate the needs of customers. The benefits of personalization to the customer…

How Target is Evolving for Retail’s Digital Future
February 28, 2018 at 1:54 pm

In an interview at the eTail West conference in Palm Springs, Calif., this morning, Bruce Starnes, vice president, digital solutions, Target, addressed how the big-box retailer is evolving its business to thrive in a changing retail environment. Starnes was interviewed by Jenny Kaplan, consumer goods reporter for Bloomberg.

Walmart Rolls Out New Apparel Brands for Women, Kids and Plus Sizes
February 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Walmart is introducing new low-cost apparel brands for women, kids and plus-size customers — and phasing out older brands — in an effort to lure shoppers away from, which is steadily increasing its apparel sales, according to a Bloomberg report. The store brands include Time and Tru in ladieswear, which will replace the jettisoned DanskinNow label,…

Target is Launching Same-Day Delivery Next Week
January 26, 2018 at 11:48 am

Target is launching a same-day delivery service sooner than expected. CNBC reports in the wake of its $550 million acquisition of Shipt, Target will be launching same-day shipping technologies in 57 stores across Alabama and South Florida, starting Feb. 1. Later in February, Target’s website announced Shipt's service will expand to areas of Georgia, North…

Target Latest Retailer to Report Strong Holiday Sales
January 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Add Target Corp. to the growing list of retailers who had a more robust holiday season as shoppers were in a spending mood. The Minneapolis-based retailer reported this morning that comparable sales in November and December rose 3.4 percent, much higher than its forecast for sales to be flat to up 2 percent. The company…

Amazon Leading All Retailers in Paid Search
December 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm is leading the way in consumer electronics (CE) holiday paid search spend, according to a report from search intelligence provider Adthena. Adthena analyzed the search engine marketing activities of 179 CE retailers such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy over a two-month period, October-November 2017. More than 370,000 search ads were analyzed. According…

Email Showdown: Best Buy vs. Target
November 22, 2017 at 7:02 am

Regardless of their team size and budget, today’s marketers are expected to compete with the world's biggest retailers. Those big-name brands may dominate inboxes, but here’s the good news: not only do the majority of their tactics work for retailers of all sizes, their visibility in the market means marketers can easily learn from both…

Target to Close 12 Underperforming Stores
November 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

While Target is doubling down on brick-and-mortar retail, the Minneapolis-based retailer also has decided to pull the plug on a dozen underperforming stores. The company on Monday began notifying store employees at the 12 affected stores, which are slated to close on Feb. 3. While competitors such as Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Sears have been closing many…