Target: expanded digital tools, free shipping and returns as well as new international shipping options this holiday season

Holiday guests will find new and expanded digital tools for convenient shopping, top gifts and entertaining items, and ways to save throughout the season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-10-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced it will give guests a more convenient shopping experience this holiday season through new and expanded digital tools and resources, including free shipping and returns at Target.com, and new international shipping options. Target’s holiday shoppers also will find top gifts and décor, ways to save throughout the season, and a marketing campaign, The Holiday Odyssey, that will tell the tale of a larger-than-life holiday journey.

“Target is starting the season with momentum in our business, anchored by increased store traffic and strength in our signature categories of baby, kids, style and wellness. The work we’ve done throughout the past year puts us in a position to deliver the convenient services and differentiated product our guests count on from Target, especially during the holidays,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Target. “I’m confident that guests will find an easy, inspiring, and most importantly, seamless experience at Target no matter how they choose to shop.”

New and Enhanced Digital Tools and Resources

Target continues to enhance and introduce new digital tools and resources to make shopping more convenient.

  • Beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 25, Target will bring back free shipping and returns, making it easy for guests to shop online. 
  • New this holiday season, Target will offer international shopping and shipping to more than 200 countries and territories. In partnership with Borderfree, Target.com will offer guests the ability to pay in almost 60 different currencies and have their orders shipped to themselves or to family and friends who live outside the U.S.   
  • Next week, Curbside pickup service will expand from 21 to 121 Target stores. The offering, which allows guests to complete their “Target run” without ever leaving the car, will now be in all Philadelphia and San Francisco Bay area stores, and in select stores in the New York-New Jersey and Chicago areas. 
  • Beginning next week, Target is expanding Instacart, the popular on-demand grocery delivery service from Minneapolis, where it was first piloted, to San Francisco. Guests can visit Instacart.com or the Instacart app to shop Target for select groceries, household, health and beauty, pet and baby products and receive the order in less than two hours.  
  • Kids and families will find new and more engaging functionality on the Target Kids’ Wish List app, including kid-friendly browse, search and scan abilities, as well as easier ways for parents to manage and share lists. Kids can send a letter to Santa, who will send a response in the app, and play the new Snow-N-Roll game within the experience.

Target’s Holiday Odyssey 

This year, Target will introduce The Holiday Odyssey, a season-long tale at the heart of the retailer’s holiday marketing campaign. It all starts with a digital storybook—narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, star of the stage and screen—and will come to life with moving pictures and digital interactions for families to enjoy together. Available for free at Target.com/adventure beginning Nov. 4, the story unfolds with three kids and the Target mascot, Bullseye, embarking on a holiday quest. A cast of characters from LEGO, Minions, Ninja Turtles, and more, join in on the holiday journey that conveys the wonder and inspiration of the season. Key moments from the story will be reflected in Target stores beginning Nov. 1, and via advertising, including 12 broadcast spots, beginning Nov. 4.

Target Wonderland

On Dec. 7, Target will unveil Target Wonderland, a 16,000 square foot retail spectacle in New York’s Meatpacking District. Free and open to the public beginning Dec. 9, Target Wonderland will be a playful and kinetic environment meant to captivate adults and kids alike by bringing elements of The Holiday Odyssey to life, such as the “S.S. Free Shipping” LEGO ship from the broadcast ads. The experience will include digitally-driven shopping, giving guests a peek at the future of retail, imagined by Target. 

Ways to Save and Top Products

In addition to a number of deep discounts each week, guests will find many ways to save all season long.

  • Throughout the holidays, Cartwheel will have more than 1,000 new deals with more than 350 deals at 25 percent off or more. Also, Cartwheel will again offer 50 percent off a different toy every day from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24. 
  • Target’s recently expanded Price Match Policy will be extended for the holiday season beyond the typical 14-day window. If a guest purchases a qualifying item at Target between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, and then finds it for less at Target or Target.com, a local competitor’s printed ad or at select online retailers, Target will match that price. For more details, including terms and conditions, visit Target.com/morereasons.
  • As always, REDcard holders receive five percent off nearly all purchases, free shipping on Target.com, and an extra 30 days for returns. Target’s REDcard is available in both debit and credit with no annual fee.

Target has everything guests need for gift giving, decorating, entertaining, and dressing the entire family in style this holiday season including:

  • More than 450 Star Wars products including the Target exclusive BB-8 Droid.
  • Top toys, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) toys from Meccano andVex
  • Electronics gifts for all ages including an expanded assortment of drones, a full range of Apple watches, popular video games and top Toys to Life brands like LEGO Dimensions, Disney Infinity, Skylanders and Amiibo. 
  • UNICEF Kid Power Band, the world’s first “wearable-for-good ™.” The band encourages kids to get active and help save the lives of kids in need around the world.
  • Exclusive Threshold home décor and entertaining items featuring artisan details, real marble and wood, and a new collection of Nate Berkus at Target home décor.
  • Exclusive line of chic giftwrap and accessories from L.A. based stationer, Sugar Paper, to inspire and help guests pull together beautifully packaged gifts. 
  • American-made giftables from storied Minnesota-based Faribault Woolen Mills, including throws, blankets, pillows, scarves and ponchos.
  • Stylish apparel and accessories for the entire family featuring key seasonal trends like shimmer, shine, cozy layers and faux fur.
  • The Little Prince nursery collection, celebrating the timeless story through a giftable assortment of nursery and décor items. 
  • Affordable beauty products, including limited-edition brushes from Sonia Kashuk, gift sets from PIXI by Petra, and exclusive bath and body products from brands like Bubble and Charm, Savannah Bee and more.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,805 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

SOURCE: Target Brands, Inc.

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Target: expanded digital tools, free shipping and returns as well as new international shipping options this holiday season

Target: expanded digital tools, free shipping and returns as well as new international shipping options this holiday season

BestBuy.com started free shipping with no minimum order required from Oct. 25, 2015

Minneapolis, MN, 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers starting to tackle their holiday shopping lists early will enjoy free shipping on all orders starting this Sunday.

BestBuy.com will offer free shipping with no minimum order required from Oct. 25, 2015, through Jan. 2, 2016, on all items sold by and shipped from Best Buy.1

It’s one of several new offerings at Best Buy this holiday season:

  • Best Buy Mobile App Live Chat: You can now get in-the-moment help through BlueAssist, a new in-app live-chat feature that brings expert service to the palm of your hand with the simple touch of a button (or a simple shake of the phone while in the app). Download the app by texting APP to 332211, searching “Best Buy” in the Apple App Store or Google Play or by clickinghere.
  • Free Setup by Geek Squad on Top Tech Gifts: Give your recipients free Geek Squad setup on many products on the Best Buy top tech gift list. When you buy a qualifying gift, you will receive instructions to pass along to your recipient on how to set up a one-on-one appointment with a Geek Squad Agent. Visit BestBuy.com/FreeSetup starting Nov. 1 to find out which gifts qualify for free setup.
  • The Gift of Geek Squad: It’s easy to give your loved ones a Geek Squad house call for tech setup and troubleshooting help. Starting Sunday, Best Buy stores will offer a limited-edition Gift of Geek Squad package good for an hour of in-home tech setup and support. The packages are available for $99.99 and $149.99 and can be used on a range of services supporting computers, tablet and mobile devices, TV/video, router/Wi-Fi connections, and more.
  • Nov. 7 Special Holiday Shopping Events: All Best Buy stores will offer Black Friday-like deals on this year’s hottest gifts on Saturday, Nov. 7. Special holiday shopping events will take place in 400 participating Best Buy stores from 1 to 5 p.m. local time. Go to BestBuy.com/ShoppingEvent starting Oct. 29 to find a nearby participating store. The in-store events will feature robot and virtual reality demos run by Geek Squad Agents; a free tech gift for the first 100 customers, and the chance to win one of five $1,000 Best Buy gift cards through a Twitter sweepstakes.

1Customers will enjoy free shipping on all items sold by and shipped from Best Buy from Oct. 25, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016. Eligible items will have Standard Shipping automatically selected in the shopping cart.  Select Marketplace items, some scheduled delivery items and items displaying an “In Store Only” message are not available for free shipping. Starting Sunday, customers can visit  BestBuy.com/Shipping for more information.

SOURCE: Best Buy

Target: all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced today that, effective immediately, all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping, with virtually no exclusions. The new minimum, decreased from $50, makes Target’s new free shipping threshold among the most compelling offers in online retailing.

“Lowering the free shipping threshold from $50 to $25 is one more way Target is putting guests first and making it easier for them to shop Target when and where they want,” said Jason Goldberger, president of Target.com and Mobile. “We saw an enthusiastic response to our free shipping offer over the holidays. Now, whether guests are stocking up or doing fill-in shopping, we’ve enhanced our year-round shipping offer to be one of the best in all of retail.”

Target’s new $25-minimum is just one of its free fulfillment options, including always-free in-store pickup for eligible products – with more than 80% of orders ready in one hour – and free shipping on virtually all online purchases when using a Target REDcard.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Target’s strong digital performance during the 2014 holiday season. Target.com set new sales records on Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, while mobile accounted for 60 percent of Target.com traffic. Cartwheel, Target’s award-winning digital coupon app, also added 2 million new users. Cartwheel has surpassed $1 billion in promotional sales since it launched in 2013.

To support Target’s online sales growth, Target began shipping a portion of Target.com orders from select stores late last year. Early results have been positive, with shorter shipping times for guests and improved inventory management for Target. Additionally, this year Target plans to open two new online fulfillment centers – in Memphis, Tenn., and York, Penn., – to further enhance Target.com shipping for guests.

Complete details on Target’s shipping offer are available here.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,790 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Target: Unbeatable Last-Minute Sales, Free Shipping through Dec. 20 and Store Pickup through 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve

Guests Will Find Last-Minute Sales, Free Shipping through Dec. 20 and Store Pickup through 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With one week until Christmas, Target Corp.(NYSE: TGT) today announced that it will continue to offer guests unbeatable last-minute deals and free shipping on Target.com – where orders placed through Saturday, Dec. 20, can still be delivered by Christmas. After Saturday, guests can use Target’s Store Pickup option as a convenient way to make their last-minute purchases. On Christmas Eve, guests can place online orders for store pickup as late as 5 p.m. and have their items ready that day.

“We know our guests have a lot to tackle the week before Christmas and we want to make sure shopping remains fun and stress-free,” said Kathee Tesija, Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer, Target. “From now until Christmas, we’re making it even easier for guests to complete their lists with great deals, free shipping through Dec. 20, and the latest cutoff for same-day store pickup we have ever offered on Christmas Eve.”

Last-Minute Deals

Over the next week, Target will offer unbeatable deals on top gifts in electronics, housewares, toys and more. Check target.com/weeklyad for further details. Some of the top deals from Dec. 21-24 include:

  • Magnavox 32” LED HDTV, $169.99, Reg. $219.99
  • Sony PlayStation 4, $399.99 with a free controller charger (a $19.99 value)
  • Samsung Galaxy 10” Tab 4 16GB tablet, $279.99, Reg. $349.99
  • Keurig 2.0 K400 brewer, $159.99 with a free $30 Target GiftCard
  • 30 percent off select video games and starter packs including Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Disney Infinity Marvel and Skylanders Trap Team
  • 15 percent off select Disney Junior toys
  • New Bright Remote Control Jeep Mud Slinger, $20.00, Reg. $25.99

Cartwheel Offers

Cartwheel, Target’s mobile savings app, is offering its over 12 million users 50 percent off a different toy every day until Dec. 24. Also, from now until Christmas, Cartwheel will feature more than 150 offers at 25 percent off or more to help guests decorate their homes and complete their holiday shopping lists. Top deals include 15 percent off Sony PlayStation 4 bundles, 15 percent off iPad Air 2, 30 percent off newborn, infant, toddler and kids apparel and 40 percent off boots for the family.

Gift Cards

Target GiftCards are a perfect gift for anyone on the list and are available in denominations from $5 to $1,000. The gift card assortment is available in-store and online and includes 10 traditional gift cards with unique holiday themed designs and two GiftCards that incorporate lights, sounds and motion. Each year, approximately one-third of all Target GiftCards are sold between Black Friday and Christmas and the top time for gift card redemption is the five days following Christmas.

Holiday Shopping Hours

Target stores will continue to offer extended hours through the holiday season:

  • Dec. 16-20: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or 12 a.m.
  • Dec. 21-22: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Dec. 23: 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Dec. 24: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 11 p.m., or 12 a.m.
  • Dec. 31: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,934 stores – 1,801 in the United States and 133 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow@TargetNews on Twitter.

Note: Target welcomes media to its stores. To contact your local store about shooting b-roll or photos or to request a local interview during the holiday season, please visit “Find a Store” at Target.com and contact the Leader on Duty.

For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.

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Target: Unbeatable Last-Minute Sales, Free Shipping through Dec. 20 and Store Pickup through 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve

Target: Unbeatable Last-Minute Sales, Free Shipping through Dec. 20 and Store Pickup through 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve