Target unveils its Black Friday deals

Target unveils its Black Friday deals

 

Retailer’s Black Friday ad features thousands of deals, including lowest prices of the year on video games, TVs, electronics and more, with select offers available today

  • Target stores will be open 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24
  • Black Friday deals will be available for all guests on Target.com early the morning of Thanksgiving, with free shipping on all orders
  • For the first time, when guests spend $50 on Friday, Nov. 24, they will receive a coupon for 20 percent off a future shopping trip

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today (November 6, 2017) revealed its Black Friday ad, available at Target.com/BlackFriday, including the lowest prices ever on some of the hottest gifts and must-have products of the holidays. Guests will have several opportunities to shop Black Friday deals leading up to Thanksgiving, when stores will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight, with nearly all deals available on Target.com early that same day.

“When you consider the breadth of our Black Friday offers, guests can save more across Target than any other time of the year, with literally thousands of deals to choose from,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Beyond the big shopping event, guests can feel confident they’ll find incredible value at Target whether they shop online or at one of our more than 1,800 stores. With low prices in every department, as well as sales like Cyber Monday and our new Weekend Deals, we’ll offer a steady stream of deals throughout the season.”

“We know that shopping Black Friday deals at Target is an annual tradition for many of our guests across the country,” said Janna Potts, executive vice president and chief stores officer, Target. “Our hours for this year ensure we’re ready with great deals for those guests who want to shop following their Thanksgiving dinner, while also giving our teams a chance to recharge and prepare our stores before we open on Friday to greet guests with even more holiday savings.”

Black Friday Preview Sale, Nov. 6
Black Friday savings begin today with the retailer’s popular Preview Sale. For the fourth year in a row, guests can get a jump start on holiday shopping with select Black Friday deals across toys, electronics, entertainment and more. New this year, discounts will be applied automatically at checkout, with no coupon or codes required, making saving quicker and easier for guests. Guests can view the Preview Sale deals at Target.com/BlackFriday. Deals are available in all stores until close and Target.com until 11:59 p.m. PST on Nov. 6.

Early Access and Black Friday Weekend, Nov. 22 – Nov. 25
New this year, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, Target will make more than 100 Black Friday deals available on Target.com for REDcard holders only through its Early Access sale. This is the most Black Friday deals the retailer has ever made available before Thanksgiving. The sale for REDcard holders will start early the morning of Nov. 22. As always, guests who shop with a REDcard receive 5 percent savings on nearly all items.

All guests can shop Target’s Black Friday deals on Target.com early the morning of Thanksgiving or when stores open at 6 p.m. Guests will receive free shipping on all orders, with no minimum purchase. In addition, the retailer is making more Black Friday deals eligible for Order Pickup than ever for guests who want to buy online and pickup in a store. For the fourth year in a row, Target stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and this year, stores will close at midnight. These new hours will accommodate guests who make Black Friday shopping part of their Thanksgiving tradition, and reflect when the retailer has seen the most shopping in stores for the past several years.

The retailer will once again have designated team members serving as line service ambassadors to direct guests, answer questions and distribute tickets for select doorbusters. Guests can easily locate deals with clear signing in stores and via the Target app.

As part of its Black Friday sale, Target is offering the lowest prices ever on select items. Top deals include:

  • 13 TVs under $300 and the lowest price ever on a 55” TV, Westinghouse 55” UHD TV for $249.99.
  • Lowest price ever on Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 consoles.
    -Xbox One S 500GB console, $189.99 with a $25 Target GiftCard, giving guests $115 in total value (Reg. $279.99).
    -Sony PlayStation 4 1TB console, $199.99, giving guests $100 in savings (Reg. $299.99).
  • Nearly 1,000 toys under $10 and 2,000 under $20, including the popular 3-foot stuffed bear (in stores only) and PAW Patrol Mission Cruiser playset.
  • KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 4.5qt Stand Mixer, $249.99, giving guests $100 in savings (Reg. $349.99).
  • Buy one, get one 50 percent off on hundreds of beauty gift sets—the most beauty sets the retailer has ever offered on sale.
  • Some of the lowest prices of the season on brands like A New Day and Goodfellow & Co, with sweaters and fleeces for the family starting at just $10.

Black Friday savings will continue on Friday, Nov. 24, when Target will open at 6 a.m. For the first time, guests who spend $50 in stores or on Target.com on Friday, Nov. 24, will receive a coupon for 20 percent off a future shopping visit that can be redeemed between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10.

Holiday Hours, Staffing and More Ways to Save
Target invests in its team members and values the individuals who come together as a team to serve its guests. In October, the company announced a minimum wage increase to $11 an hour for all team members, including thousands of team members hired for the holidays. During the holiday season, Target works closely with its team members to understand scheduling preferences and compensates all hourly team members who work on national holidays, including Thanksgiving, with pay equal to time-and-a-half their hourly rate. Also, all hourly team members who work certain shifts on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the weekends leading up to Christmas will receive additional compensation on top of premium holiday pay. This holiday pay is an investment in Target’s team and the elevated experience they provide to Target guests during the holiday season. Target’s extended hours for the holidays include:

  • Nov. 23: All stores open at 6 p.m. and close at midnight
  • Nov. 24: All stores open at 6 a.m. and close at 10, 11 p.m. or midnight
  • Nov. 25: All stores open at the regular time of 7 or 8 a.m. and close at 10, 11 p.m. or midnight
  • Nov. 26: All stores open at the regular time of 7 or 8 a.m. and close at 10, 11 p.m. or midnight
  • Dec. 17-23: All stores open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight
  • Dec. 24:  All stores open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 or 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: All stores closed
  • Dec. 26: All stores open at 7 a.m. and close at 10, 11 p.m. or midnight
  • Dec. 31: All stores open at regular time of 7 or 8 a.m. and close at 9 or 10 p.m.

The savings will continue after Black Friday. Guests will find deep discounts on Target.com on Cyber Monday and beyond, which will be shared at a later date, as well as new Weekend Deals, offered through December. Details about upcoming Weekend Deals can be viewed throughout the season at A Bullseye View beginning Wednesday, Nov. 8.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,828 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars 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.

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Kimco: Target to open at Westmont Plaza in Haddon Township, New Jersey in July 2018

The addition of the brand’s small-format concept will spark a transformative repositioning of this New Jersey shopping center

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) announced that it has signed a lease with Target for a 48,000-square-foot, small-format store at Westmont Plaza in Haddon Township, New Jersey, set to open in July 2018. The addition of Target is the first step in a larger repositioning of the 173,000-square-foot, open-air center.

“The addition of Target opens the door for some exciting changes that will significantly enhance the retail and service offerings available in Haddon Township,” said David Jamieson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kimco Realty. “Quality attracts quality, and we’ve seen that time and time again across our portfolio as we redevelop assets and execute on our 2020 Vision. Residents can look forward to additional changes in the near future, with Target setting the tone for Westmont Plaza’s revitalization.”

The Westmont Target, which is the brand’s third small-format store in the state of New Jersey, will provide residents with a quick-trip shopping experience featuring Target’s curated assortment of apparel and accessories, grocery and grab-and-go items, beauty products, electronics, toys, and more. The store will also offer a CVS Pharmacy and Target’s Order Pickup service for added convenience.

“We’re thrilled to bring the convenience of Target and its robust assortment of offerings to the residents of Haddon Township,” said Tom Simmons, President of Kimco’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “This addition is the perfect fit for the community, and we look forward to providing more best-in-class brands that will transform the shopping experience at Westmont Plaza.”

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 510 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space across 32 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

Contact:
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516-869-7224
Director, Corporate Communications
jmaisch@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Target celebrates 20 years of supporting the mission St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to end childhood cancer

Target has been proud to support the mission of St. Jude since 1996 

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This month, Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® are celebrating 20 years of partnership in helping save the lives of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Target’s dedication to children and families at St. Jude began in 1996 with a commitment to design and build Target House, the hospital’s long-term housing facility that gives patients and families a home-away-from-home while undergoing treatment. Since opening in 1999, Target House has hosted more than 4,500 families from 45 states and 47 countries and territories. While accommodating up to 98 families at a time, each apartment is fully furnished with products donated by Target and vendor partners. Staying true to the mission of St. Jude, none of these families ever receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Beyond Target House, Target has donated millions of dollars throughout the years to help fuel groundbreaking research at St. Jude, giving the world new insights into some of the most aggressive childhood cancers and helping St. Jude to improve the quality of life for survivors. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.

“Target has been an incredible part of the St. Jude family, showing unwavering dedication to our lifesaving mission for two decades,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Target’s generosity means St. Jude patients and families can maintain a sense of normalcy during treatment, because Target has provided an amazing home-away-from-home through Target House as well as unique opportunities for patients to just be kids. The magical moments and unforgettable experiences Target has created help our patients and families escape the realities of their treatments and enjoy childhood. We are incredibly grateful to Target for its 20-year partnership and look forward to many more years to come.”

In addition, over the course of the 20-year partnership, Target’s support has included:

  • Target House Events: Target has thrown more than 100 St. Jude Target House events and other fun-filled carnivals, parties and more for the patients and families of St. Jude.
  • Sponsorships: Target sponsors events such as the National Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, Fall Festival of Hope and Red Carpet for Hope. Since 2009, there have been 25 Target-sponsored events.
  • St. Jude Thanks & Giving® Campaign: From 2004–2013, Target and key vendors supported the St. Jude Thanks & Giving® campaign through an in-store cause program benefitting St. Jude and Target House.
  • St. Jude School: In 2010, Target sponsored and helped fully renovate the St. Jude School, a space that houses programs that continue patients’ educational growth while at St. Jude and ensure they can celebrate important milestones, such as kindergarten graduation. Through 2015, Target’s support helped continue to expand the space and update furnishing and technology.
  • Target Team Member Volunteers: Thousands of Target team members around the country have gotten involved with St. Jude over the years, volunteering their time and energy to help further the St. Jude mission.

“We’re proud of Target’s longtime partnership with St. Jude and are honored to have helped the incredible patients and families at St. Jude over the past 20 years,” said Laysha Ward, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “I visit Target House every year – the families that I’ve met and the hope and resilience I see in these children is awe-inspiring. On behalf of Target, I want to extend a huge thank you to the St. Jude team and all of the Target partners and volunteers across the country who have dedicated countless hours and financial resources to help St. Jude achieve their mission of saving lives and finding cures.”

The 20-year sponsorship celebration culminated last week with Target’s holiday Bullseye Bash, which was attended by Target’s chairman and CEO, Brian Cornell, and other Target leaders. Hundreds of patients and their families had a chance to enjoy a variety of holiday-themed activities, including Nutcracker-inspired performances featuring a cast of fun characters.  They also had an opportunity to meet Target’s dog mascot, Bullseye. Click here for more on Target’s Bullseye Bash.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,803 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today 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

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Media Contact:

Angie Thompson
Communications
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Target Media Hotline:
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Target announces its Black Friday deals; brings back its “10 Days of Deals” promotion

Select offers available now, with deep savings throughout November

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today ( announced its Black Friday deals and a variety of easy, compelling opportunities for guests to save throughout the month. In addition to offering Target’s lowest prices ever on some of the hottest gifts and must-have products during Black Friday weekend, the retailer is bringing back its popular “10 Days of Deals” promotion, featuring deep daily discounts on specific merchandise categories, including Electronics, Toys, Beauty and more. For guests who want to get a jump start on their holiday shopping, starting today through Thursday, Nov. 10, Target’s “Black Friday Early Access Sale” allows guests to shop a selection of Black Friday deals on Target.com and, new this year, in all stores via Cartwheel.

“We know that millions of our guests look forward to spending their Black Friday with us each year,” said Janna Potts, executive vice president and chief stores officer, Target. “Our teams are energized and ready to go. We can’t wait to join the excitement of what has become a favorite holiday tradition for many of our guests when we open our doors to greet them at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.”

“During the holidays, our guests are looking for the best deal. They also want incredible products and a great experience. Target is prepared to deliver all that and more through compelling savings across our broad assortment,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “No matter when or how they choose to shop, Target is making it easier than ever for our guests to save time and money, from incredible doorbusters on Black Friday to the return of our 10 Days of Deals.”

Black Friday Early Access Sale, Nov. 9-10

For guests eager to get a start on Black Friday savings, Target is offering a selection of deals, today and tomorrow only, on Target.com and, new this year, in all Target stores via Cartwheel. The following deals, and more, are available now through Thursday, Nov. 10:

  • 25 percent off all Apple TV models
  • Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones, $119.99 (Reg. $299.99)
  • Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 Xbox Video Games, $35 (Reg. $59.99)
  • Polaroid 10.1″ 8GB Android Tablet with Bluetooth Keyboard, $59.99 (Reg. $99.99)
  • 30 percent off all shoes for the family
  • 40 percent off Fieldcrest bedding and all Fieldcrest bath towels
  • Discounts on toys, including select LEGO and Fisher-Price items
  • Jetson V6 Hoverboard with Bluetooth Speakers, $284.99 (Reg. $399.99)

10 Days of Deals, Nov. 19-28

Following last year’s wildly successful debut, Target is bringing back its “10 Days of Deals” promotion. Guests will be excited to receive significant daily discounts on some of Target’s most popular product categories starting Saturday, Nov. 19, through Monday, Nov. 28. In addition to guest-favorite offers from last year, the retailer will introduce a number of new deals to help guests save big on their holiday purchases. More information on the specific deals included in the “10 Days of Deals” promotion will be shared at a later date.

Black Friday Presale and Doorbusters, Nov. 23-24

Again this year, Target will offer the “Black Friday Presale,” giving guests a chance to shop select Black Friday deals early at Target.com and at all stores via Cartwheel on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Beginning early Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24, guests can shop all of Target’s Black Friday deals at Target.com with free shipping or when stores open at 6 p.m.

Guests will find Target’s lowest prices ever on select items, including Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones, Fitbit Charge HR, HP 15.6” Laptop and more. Additional Black Friday deals include:

  • 50″ Hisense 4K UHD TV, $249.99, special purchase
  • Apple Watch Series 1, starting at $198 (Reg. starting at $269.99)
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones, $89.99 (Reg. $199.99)
  • Save $50 and get a free $40 Target Gift Card with purchase of any Xbox One S Console 500GB Battlefield 1 or Minecraft Bundle, $249.99 (Reg. $299.99)
  • Fitbit Charge HR, $89.95 (Reg. $129.95)
  • Free $250 Target GiftCard with purchase of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPad Air 2, starting at $274 (Reg. starting at $399.99)
  • 50 percent off select video games, $29.99 (Reg. $59.99)
  • Free $60 Target GiftCard with purchase of a GoPro HERO5 Black, $399.99
  • Hoover Quest 700 Robotic Vacuum, $199.99 (Reg. $349.99)
  • Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum, $299.99 (Reg. $499.99)
  • Anova Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, $99 (Reg. $149)
  • 50 percent off select kitchen appliances
  • Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor, $129.99 (Reg. $259.99)
  • 50 percent off life-size 48″ Big Figs, including Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $49.99 (Reg. $99.99)
  • Buy one, get one 50 percent off select toys, including Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and more
  • 30 percent off all apparel, accessories and shoes for the family

Additionally, just in time to wrap up their purchases and decorate for the season, Target will offer guests a one-day only savings on Saturday, Nov. 26, of $50 off every $100 purchase on trees, lights, ornaments, gift wrap and more.

Free Shipping and REDcard Savings

As previously announced, Target is extending free shipping by a full week this holiday season, waiving the fee for all orders from Oct. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017. Guests who shop with a Target REDcard also receive 5 percent savings on nearly all items, adding to the significant discounts Target is offering this season.

Extended Holiday Hours

Target stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Stores will remain open until 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight on Friday, Nov. 25. Throughout the season, the retailer once again will offer extended store hours to meet guests’ shopping needs:

  • Nov. 24: 6 p.m. to Friday, Nov. 25: 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight
  • Nov. 27-Dec. 16: Extended holiday hours go into effect. Hours vary by store, check Target.com for specific store hours
  • Dec. 17-23: All stores open at 7 a.m. to midnight
  • Dec. 24: All stores open at 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26: All stores open at 7 a.m. and close 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight

Target works closely with its team members to understand scheduling preferences for the holidays and compensates all hourly team members who work on a national holiday, including Thanksgiving, with pay equal to time-and-a-half their hourly rate. Also, all hourly team members who work certain shifts on Thanksgiving and Black Friday will receive additional compensation on top of premium holiday pay.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,802 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today 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.

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Joshua Thomas
Communications
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Target Media Hotline:
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Source: Target Corporation

10-disc boxed set “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” available only at Target

  • Brooks’ new album with two Target-exclusive bonus songs will be part of the retailer’s boxed set available Nov. 11, two weeks ahead of the album’s standalone national release
  • Target to offer the exclusive 10-disc boxed set and new “Christmas Together” duets album as a limited-release pre-order bundle for $29.99 on Target.com

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and Garth Brooks today ( announced the complete track listing and pre-order information for “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection,” the 10-disc boxed set featuring Brooks’ new studio album and nine discs of curated music from his celebrated catalog. The collection, available only at Target, features 18 previously unreleased tracks, including the highly-anticipated 25th anniversary edition of “Friends in Low Places” with special guests George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban.

“Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” ($29.99) will be released on Nov. 11, two weeks prior to the studio album’s national standalone street date on Nov. 25 for Pearl Records, Inc. During the pre-order, which began today on Target.com, fans can purchase a limited-release $29.99 holiday bundle – the 10-disc collection and “Christmas Together,” the first-ever duets album with Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood.

“The Target boxed set IS the ultimate collection. Ten discs, previously unreleased tracks, and never before audio releases of some of the biggest moments in Garth music history, makes me love this collection,” said Brooks. “For example, the 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Friends in Low Places’ with George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban is only available in this box and will be gone when the boxes are gone. I applaud Target for making so much music available at such an incredible value. Target has made this boxed set the gift to give and receive this holiday season.”

“We’ve worked with Garth to create a truly compelling offer at a value that’s simply unbeatable,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Not only will we have Garth’s new album two weeks before it is available anywhere else, we’ve also filled our boxed set with highly anticipated tracks that guests will only ever find at Target. In total, it’s a can’t-miss music moment for Garth’s fans and music lovers of all ages.”

Brooks’ new studio album, which he describes as feeling like summer all year long, is the perfect companion to nine thematic playlist discs of unreleased and remastered hits. In addition to the 25th anniversary edition of “Friends in Low Places,” which appears as one of two Target-exclusive tracks on his new studio album, the boxed set also includes “The Road: The Live Recordings.” The two-disc live album features some of Brooks’ biggest crowd pleasers and special collaborations, including never-before-released live recordings of “New York State Of Mind” with Billy Joel, “In Another’s Eyes” with Trisha Yearwood and “American Pie” featuring Don McLean.

For the latest news about “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” and the singer’s partnership with Target, fans can visit Target.com/abullseyeview.

The full track listing for “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” is as follows:

Old School

1. Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)

2. If Tomorrow Never Comes

3. 1982+

4. Unwound

5. Longneck Bottle

6. Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House

7. Good Ol’ Boys Like Me

8. Amos Moses

9. That Ol’ Wind

10. Alabama Clay

11. White Lightning

12. Don’t Close Your Eyes

Midnight Fire

1.   Shameless

2.   The Red Strokes

3.   She’s Every Woman

4.   What She’s Doing Now

5.   In Another’s Eyes (The Duet with Trisha Yearwood)

6.   One Night a Day

7.   A Friend to Me

8.   Anonymous

9.   Victim Of The Game

10. Which One of Them

11. More Than A Memory

12. To Make You Feel My Love

Cowboys

1.   Good Ride Cowboy

2.   Rodeo

3.   That Girl Is A Cowboy

4.   Rodeo Or Mexico

5.   Night Rider’s Lament

6.   My Baby No Esta Aqui

7.   Cowgirl’s Saddle

8.   Cowboy Bill

9.   Midnight Sun

10. Rodeo And Juliet

11. In Lonesome Dove

12. The Cowboy Song

The Road (Disc One)

1.   Standing Outside The Fire

2.   Rodeo

3.   Shameless

4.   If Tomorrow Never Comes

5.   That Summer

6.   In Another’s Eyes (Duet With Trisha Yearwood)+

7.   Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)

8.   Unanswered Prayers

9.   Longneck Bottle

10. One Night A Day+

11. To Make You Feel My Love

12. Wrapped Up In You (Featuring Keb Mo)

13. The River

14. American Pie (Featuring Don McLean)+

The Road (Disc Two)

1.   The Thunder Rolls (The Long Version)

2.   Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House

3.   Two Piña Coladas

4.   More Than A Memory

5.   Good Ride Cowboy

6.   Wild As The Wind (Duet With Trisha Yearwood)

7.   Working For A Living (The Duet With Huey Lewis In LA)

8.   It’s Your Song

9.   New York State Of Mind (The Duet With Billy Joel)+

10. Midnight Sun+

11. The Dance

Anthems

1.   The Dance

2.   Standing Outside The Fire

3.   Unanswered Prayers

4.   Thicker Than Blood

5.   How You Ever Gonna Know

6.   The Change

7.   Belleau Wood

8.   People Loving People

9.   The River

10. Mom

11. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream

12. When You Come Back To Me Again

The Covers

1.   Against The Wind

2.   Sweet Home Alabama

3.   Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

4.   Mrs. Robinson

5.   Midnight Train To Georgia

6.   (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

7.   Hard Luck Woman (With Kiss)

8.   Who’ll Stop The Rain

9.   Wild World

10. All Right Now

11. Drift Away

12. Goodnight Saigon

RPMs

1.   Against The Grain

2.   She’s Tired Of Boys

3.   Rollin’

4.   Addicted To Love

5.   Cold Like That

6.   You Move Me

7.   Ireland

8.   Don’t Cross The River

9.   I’ll Be The Wind

10. Doctor My Eyes

11. Working For A Living (The Duet With Huey Lewis)

12. Do What You Gotta Do

Turn It Up

1.   The Thunder Rolls

2.   That Summer

3.   You Wreck Me

4.   Why Ain’t I Running

5.   Wrapped Up In You

6.   I’d Rather Have Nothing

7.   Allison Miranda

8.   Black Water

9.   Midnight Train

10. Dixie Chicken

11. Man Against Machine

12. Two Piña Coladas

Gunslinger

1.   Honky-Tonk Somewhere+

2.   Weekend+

3.   Ask Me How I Know+

4.   Baby, Let’s Lay Down And Dance+

5.   He Really Loves You+

6.   Whiskey To Wine+

7.   BANG! BANG! +

8.   Pure Adrenaline+

9.   8teen+

10. SugarCane+ (Target exclusive track)

11. Cowboys and Friends+

12. Friends In Low Places – 25th Anniversary Edition+ (Target exclusive track)

+ indicates previously unreleased track

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,800 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today 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.

About Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Garth is currently on the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks.  In two years the tour is approaching 5 million tickets sold making it the biggest tour in the world. He also just received his 11th nomination for Entertainer of the Year from the CMA Awards.

Recently Garth launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his next album. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. EDT.

Media Contact:

Lee Henderson
Target Communications
(612) 761-6408

Nancy Seltzer
Nancy Seltzer & Associates
(323) 938-3562

Source: Target

UK’s leading retailers achieved the target to source 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil by 2015

London, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK’s leading retailers[1] have achieved an ambitious target to source 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil[2] by 2015.

The target was part of the BRC-led environmental initiative ‘A Better Retailing Climate'[3], through which major retailers have set themselves a number of voluntary goals to improve the environmental sustainability of their business operations. The UK retail industry has amongst the highest voluntary coverage of RSPO[4] certified sustainable palm oil of any country or sector, for own brand products sold through the food, household and personal care categories. Given the very large and complex nature of UK retailers’ product ranges and supply chains, this is a significant achievement and reflects the prominence the industry places on sourcing products sustainably from around the world.

In keeping with their commitments to ensure transparency in their supply chains, BRC members have openly reported on their usage of sustainable palm oil at a collective level for inclusion into the annual UK national statement on palm oil.

BRC Director of Food and Sustainability Andrew Opie said: “As an industry, we are very proud of the leadership we have shown in working towards 100 per cent sustainable sourcing of our palm oil. We know this is important to our customers and we will continue to work towards ever greater sustainable practices right across our business operations and our supply chains and we would encourage other parts of the supply chain to follow retailers’ positive lead”.

Notes to editors:

[1] The retailers referred to are BRC members who are members of the RSPO (see note 4 below) and have signed up to A Better Retailing Climate. Of the certified sustainable palm oil used by retailers, 89 per cent was physically certified while just over 10 per cent was through the Book and Claim system, which enables retailers to financially contribute to sustainable palm oil production by purchasing certificates equivalent to the volumes of oil used. Going forward, the industry will work towards increasing the physical use of sustainable palm oil where it is available

[2] Palm oil is used as an ingredient in a wide range of consumer products from food and animal feed to detergents and cosmetics. Cultivated in tropical areas, demand is leading to the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations and, in some areas, is associated with the conversion of high conservation value rainforests or carbon-rich peatlands.

[3] Launched in 2008, ‘A Better Retailing Climate’ (ABRC) is a voluntary initiative created by a group of leading retailers (representing half of the UK retail market) which sets out collective environmental impact targets, all of which were not only met but exceeded by 2013. A new set of targets were agreed in 2014, with targets to 2020. ABRC is increasingly extending to include sourcing products more responsibly and helping suppliers adopt better practices. A Better Retail Climate

[4] read more about rspo certified palm oil: www.rspo.org/certification

for media enquiries:
zoe maddison
communications assistant, BRC
tel: +44 (0)20 7854 8924

Source: BRC

Target honored to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge and affirm its commitment to making pay equitable for everyone at Target

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — At Target, we believe diversity and inclusivity make teams and Target better. We work to create a diverse and inclusive working environment and cultivate an inclusive guest experience, building a better Target for our team members and guests – and a better society for all.

Target is honored to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge and affirm our commitment to making pay equitable for everyone at Target, including women in the workplace. To achieve our goal of pay equity, we’ve implemented meaningful business practices, including continued leadership training designed, in part, to reduce the likelihood that leaders’ decisions are improperly influenced by bias or stereotyping.  We also use other internal measures, such as a comprehensive annual pay audit process, to ensure compensation is fair and equitable across the organization.

Additionally, earlier this year, Target CEO Brian Cornell joined PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to co-chair the Network of Executive Women’s Future Fund – an industry-wide campaign aimed at achieving 50/50 gender parity in the workforce. We’ve also earned a spot on the list for the Top Companies for Executive Women from the National Association for Female Executives for the past four years.

We are proud of our internal initiatives and external partnerships, and we remain committed to improving pay processes and policies that ensure equality and fairness for all.

About Target Corporation
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,797 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today 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.

Contact:
Media Hotline: 612) 696-3400
Investor Relations: (612) 696-3400
Advertising Inquiries: media@target.com

Source: Target

Mark Tritton named executive VP and chief merchandising office Target

Jason Goldberger to become retailer’s first chief digital officer and president, Target.com

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced the hire of Mark Tritton asexecutive vice president and chief merchandising officer. In this role, Tritton will oversee enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising transformation and operations for the retailer. Target also announced that Jason Goldberger will assume the newly created role of chief digital officer and president, Target.com. Both Tritton and Goldberger will report to Target’s chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell, as members of the retailer’s leadership team, effective June 5.

“Over the past year, we’ve undergone an exhaustive search for a chief merchant, and I’m confident that Mark’s experience and passion make him the right fit for Target’s business and our team. He’s a bold, decisive leader, and he’ll play a critical role in guiding Target’s merchandising authority across all channels, ensuring we meet the ever-evolving wants and needs of our guests,” said Cornell.

“I’m proud to be joining Target, a brand that I’ve long studied and admired,” said Tritton. “The retail landscape and consumer expectations have never been more dynamic, and I look forward to leading and supporting the team as we find new ways to innovate, inspire and connect with our current and future guests.”

Tritton joins Target from Nordstrom, where he was executive vice president and president of Nordstrom Product Group, overseeing the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omni-channel distribution of more than 50 private label brands across Nordstrom’s full-price and off-price retail portfolio. During his tenure with the company, he led his team to double its private label business, created distinct brand assets and helped establish Nordstrom as a global benchmark for retailers taking an integrated approach to stores and digital merchandising. Prior to that, Tritton held leadership positions at Timberland and Nike, where he helped build both brands and expand them across global regions and channels in product and retail functions.

Additionally, the retailer announced that Jason Goldberger will become its chief digital officer and president, Target.com. In this newly created role, Goldberger will be responsible for enhancing Target’s digital experiences and developing new digital capabilities.

“Target’s improved performance and results in digital show the important gains we’ve made, but we know we need to continue building on that momentum. In my new role, I will keep pushing our strategy and capabilities so we can accelerate digital’s role in making Target an easy, inspiring, convenient place to shop,” said Goldberger.

Goldberger joined Target in 2013. He was named president, Target.com and mobile in 2014. Prior to his role at Target, Goldberger held leadership positions with online retailers, including Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle.com and Amazon.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,793 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today 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.

CVS Health completes the acquisition of Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion

Woonsocket, RI and Minneapolis, MN, 2015-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) announced today that CVS Health has completed the acquisition of Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion. With the completion of the transaction, CVS Health acquired Target’s 1,672 pharmacies across 47 states and will operate them through a store-within-a-store format, branded as CVS/pharmacy. In addition, a CVS/pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services. Seventy-nine Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic, and CVS Health will open up to 20 new clinics in Target stores within three years of the close of the transaction.

“We look forward to helping Target guests on their path to better health through CVS Health’s leading clinical programs, such as Maintenance Choice, Pharmacy Advisor and Specialty Connect,” said Larry Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO. “In addition, with the Target acquisition we will leverage our unique integrated business model and our scale to drive incremental sales volume and operating profit for the enterprise while providing convenience and cost savings to consumers and payors.”

“Today’s milestone in our relationship with CVS Health is an important step in driving Target’s strategic priorities forward while giving our guests easy access to industry-leading health care services. With the transition now underway, Target can further accelerate our commitment to Wellness as a signature category, helping guests and team members in their efforts to eat better, be more active and find natural and clean label products,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target.

The Target pharmacies and clinics will be transitioned to the CVS Health banners and systems within six to eight months.

Financial Considerations

The closing of this transaction is expected to have the following impact on Target’s fourth quarter 2015 financial results:

  • The recognition of a pre-tax gain of $575 million to $775 million, based on the final valuation of assets sold. The gain will be excluded from Adjusted Earnings per Share.
  • A reduction of expected fourth quarter sales of approximately $500 million, with no change to the company’s expected fourth quarter segment EBIT.

The closing of this transaction does not change Target’s expected fourth quarter comparable sales, because the comparable sales calculation will only include pharmacy sales from fourth quarter 2014 for the equivalent period in which Target operated its pharmacies in fourth quarter 2015.

Target’s after-tax net proceeds from the transaction are expected to be approximately $1.2 billion, which the company expects to deploy over time in support of its long-standing capital priorities, including share repurchase. This transaction is expected to be accretive to Target’s EBITDA and EBIT margin rates and add half a percentage point or more to Target’s return on invested capital over time.

CVS Health will discuss the acquisition in more detail at its Annual Analyst Day, which is being held today in New York City and simulcast on its website, at https://investors.cvshealth.com.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,500 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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, which today 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.

CVS Health Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  By their nature, all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Target Forward-Looking Statements

Statements by Target in this release regarding Target’s expected after-tax proceeds from the transaction and the expected impact of the transaction on Target’s Segment Sales, EBITDA and EBIT margins, EPS and Adjusted EPS, and ROIC are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause Target’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties include those relating to how Target’s guests react to the transaction, the effectiveness of the ongoing relationship between Target and CVS Health, whether Target will recognize the expected benefits from the transaction and the risks described in Item 1A of Target’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015.

Contacts:

For CVS Health:

Nancy Christal, Investor Relations, (401) 770-3614
Carolyn Castel, Corporate Communications, (401) 770-5717
Carolyn.Castel@CVSHealth.com

For Target:

John Hulbert, Investors, (612) 761-6627
Dustee Jenkins, Media, (612) 761-9537
Target Media Hotline, (612) 696-3400
press@target.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Target: Unprecedented results on Target.com and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day

Record setting online sales and strong in-store traffic mark start of Target’s holiday season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported a successful start to its Black Friday weekend, with unprecedented results on Target.com and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day.

“Target got a head start going into Black Friday with the record-breaking launch of Adele’s new album and our ‘10 Days of Deals’ promotion. The momentum continued with our Black Friday presale, and on Thanksgiving, we saw millions of shoppers take advantage of great offers online and in our stores. Overall, the response from our guests has been very positive, with some of the best days we’ve seen on Target.com,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and CEO Target, who greeted holiday shoppers at the Jersey City Target Store in New Jersey on Thanksgiving. “We expect to see the demand continue throughout the weekend and into December as we offer more savings on the year’s most popular gifts, including Star Wars and Apple products.”

“10 Days of Deals” and Black Friday Pre-Sale

Target’s “10 Days of Deals” began Sunday, Nov. 22, giving guests daily offers, including 10 percent off electronics and 20 percent off kitchenware. As part of the promotion, Target brought back the Black Friday pre-sale on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Sales were strong with the most popular items being Apple Watch and Apple iPads, Beats Solo 2 headphones, FitBit Charge HR and the Philips Sonicare 2 electric toothbrush.

Thanksgiving Day Access to Black Friday Sale

Guests were granted early access to nearly all of Target’s doorbusters on Target.com beginning Thanksgiving morning. Demand outpaced 2014’s record Thanksgiving performance, making it Target’s biggest day for online sales yet, driven largely by electronics.

Guests also continued to use the Order Pickup option at Target.com. Before 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the number of orders placed for in-store pick up increased by 35 percent as compared to 2014.

Top selling Black Friday items:

  • Apple iPads were top sellers in stores and online. On average, Target sold an iPad every second throughout the day on Thanksgiving. Apple Watch was especially popular in stores.
  • Gaming consoles were popular in stores and online, including Nintendo Wii U, which was the top selling item on Target.com.
  • TVs were one of most sought after items in stores— the 55” Westinghouse at $249.99 was Target’s top selling TV.
  • Movies were a big hit in stores with guests buying more than 3 million on Thanksgiving.
  • A three-foot stuffed teddy bear, priced at $10, was a surprise hit, with some stores selling out in minutes.
  • Top toys included LEGO, Barbie, Disney Princess and Star Wars. Target exclusives generated nearly one-third of Star Wars toy sales for the day.
  • Beats Solo 2 headphones were one of the top sellers on Target.com and in stores at $96.99 (reg. $199.99).

The Savings Continue—Spend $75, Get 20 Percent Off

Target’s “10 Days of Deals” continues through Tuesday, Dec. 1. Today, guests who spend $75 or more receive a 20 percent discount to use toward a future purchase on any day between Dec. 4 and Dec. 13. Additional offers include:

  • Saturday, Nov. 28: $50 off holiday shop purchase of $100 more
  • Sunday, Nov. 29: Buy two, get one free action figures and fashion dolls
  • Monday, Nov. 30: 15 percent off Target.com
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1: 25 percent off all beauty

As always, guests can use their REDcard for an additional five percent off on top of other discounts. Online shoppers can continue to take advantage of free shipping on Target.com through Dec. 25. And the 21 million savvy deal seekers who use Cartwheel will continue to find thousands of offers throughout the holiday season.

 

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, which today 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.

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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.

Follow @TargetNews on Twitter for real-time news and trends on holiday at Target.

For more information and assets, visit Target.com/Pressroom.

media hotline
We strive to return all of our media inquiries within one business day.
email us (612) 696-3400

SOURCE: Target Brands, Inc.

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Target: Unprecedented results on Target.com and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day

Target: Unprecedented results on Target.com and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day

Target now available to shoppers in more than 200 countries and territories

Through partnership with Borderfree, a Pitney Bowes company, Target will deliver to international consumers this holiday season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-10-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today it has launched an international version of its website available to shoppers in more than 200 countries and territories. The new site, which Target recently began testing, also will allow U.S. customers to ship Target orders to family and friends around the world, just in time for this holiday season.

“We believe international consumers will love shopping the great brands, great prices and exclusive products that are synonymous with Target,” said Jason Goldberger, president of Target.com and Mobile. “Target.com already gets tens of millions of visitors every year from outside the U.S., and this test will give us even greater insight into how shoppers around the world engage with Target.”

At Intl.Target.com, both international and U.S. guests will be able to shop about half the assortment of Target.com, including apparel, beauty products, home décor, housewares, baby goods and toys. The prices will be the same as those offered in the U.S. on Target.com, and can be shown in nearly 60 different currencies. Countries where shipping from Target is now available include China, India, Canada, Mexico, European Union countries and more.

Target’s partner Borderfree, a Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) company, is a market leader in global e-commerce that operates a technology and services platform that some of the world’s most iconic brands rely on to expand globally and transact with consumers worldwide.

“We are thrilled to deliver our global e-commerce capabilities to Target,” said Lila Snyder, president, Global Ecommerce for Pitney Bowes. “Our deep experience with cross-border shopping is foundational to our collaboration with Target.”

International consumers will now get to experience why Americans for decades have counted on Target for high-quality, on-trend merchandise at low prices. When international guests visit Target.com, they will be taken to Target’s new international website. Guests can then designate the country they would like to ship to and also choose their currency. Prices sitewide will be shown in the local currency, reflecting current conversion rates. The checkout page will be translated into the local language and the all-in price with shipping charges, duties and tariffs will be clearly shown and transparent for guests.

“International shipping marks another step toward Target being able to truly deliver for guests anytime, anywhere,” said Target’s Goldberger. “We look forward to getting feedback from our international guests so we can continue to test, learn and iterate to help ensure we provide a great value to our new international guests.”

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.

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

Target will be exclusive retailer of the Kid Power Band–the world’s first “wearable-for-good™”

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s no secret that kids across the U.S. have major superhero potential. And soon, they’ll have the power to save lives and help provide therapeutic food packets to kids around the world, just by getting active. Target is teaming up with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help bringUNICEF Kid Power to households and students across the country. To kick-off the partnership, Target will be the exclusive retailer of the Kid Power Band—the world’s first “wearable-for-good ™.”*

“As part of Target’s focus on wellness solutions, we aspire to improve the health of the nation by making wellness a way of life. We also intend to build on our legacy work in education and hunger relief to focus on youth wellness, both in and out of school, and engage a whole new generation in being global citizens,” says Laysha Ward, Target’s chief corporate social responsibility officer. “Partnering on programs like UNICEF Kid Power is just one of many ways we’re meeting our guests, team and communities where they live, learn, work and play.”

media contact

Angie Thompson
Target Public Relations
p: (612) 761-4965

SOURCE: Target Brands, Inc.

PIXI by Petra launches its skin perfector Glow Tonic for the first time in the US exclusively at Target

Minneapolis, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — From its famous London boutique to the makeup artist who created it, PIXI by Petra has a loyal following that swears by its glow-getting products. Makeup artist Petra Strand created the line of natural, skin-illuminating, eye-opening and pout-perfecting products to allow women to attain a fresh and youthful look. This fall, PIXI by Petra launches its fan-favorite skin perfector, Glow Tonic, for the first time in the U.S., exclusively at Target. The full fall collection will be available in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com beginning Aug. 23, 2015.

Glow Tonic ($15)
This gentle exfoliating toner with 5% glycolic acid accelerates cell renewal for smoother, brighter and clearer looking skin. The formula is packed with aloe vera, ginseng and botanical extracts to nourish skin and reveal a healthy glow. Glow Tonic is alcohol-free and gentle on all skin types.

Cat Eye Ink in Intense Black ($14)
This innovative eyeliner with a custom slanted felt tip makes cat eye perfection foolproof. The highly pigmented, water-resistant formula creates a fade-resistant finish that stays put for a full 12 hours of solid colour wear.

Colour Correcting Powder Foundation in Cream, Nude and Warm ($20 each)  
This perfecting powder foundation is the solution for when a natural finish is desired, but extra coverage is needed. The hydrating treatment formula nourishes the skin and has a weightless feel that never looks cakey or heavy. The Colour Correcting Powder Foundation is infused with peptides, a multi-vitamin complex, aloe vera, super fruits and coffee extracts that treat skin.

Endless Brow Gel Pen in Light, Medium and Deep ($11 each)
Get perfectly polished brows with these hybrid-formula pens. The unique gel texture makes it easy to fill in sparse areas, define and tame unruly brows. The waterproof formula glides on effortlessly and stays on endlessly, providing a naturally enhanced brow look.

Mattelustre Lipstick ($12 each)  
Mattelustre is the latest in rich matte lipstick. This multi-tasking, long-wearing formula conditions, plumps and protects lips while providing intense colour. Formulated with peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, all 11 shades create fuller, smoother looking lips. Available in Bitten Rose, Classic Red, Coral Red, Honey Bare, Peach Blossom, Petal Pink, Plum Berry, Plump Pink, Pure Fuchsia, Raspberry Blush and Rose Naturelle.

Natural Contour Powder ($20)
This super-silky powder effortlessly contours the face, sculpting and shaping features to perfection. Sweep the matte, super-natural shade underneath cheekbones, under the jawline, down the sides of the nose and into the crease of the eye to create the most natural effect. The formula is packed with peptides, a multi-vitamin complex, plus aloe vera, super fruit and coffee extracts to further enhance and nourish the complexion.

Endless Silky Eye Pen: New Shade – SlateGrey ($12)
The award-winning, hard-working liner gives a super-longwear, no-smudge, no-budge line that glides on effortlessly. The preservative-free and hypoallergenic formula is suitable for even the most sensitive eyes, and the intensely pigmented pencil is now available in chic and universally flattering deep grey.

Mesmerizing Mineral Palette: New Shades – Aquamarine Dream, Mineral Contour, Amethyst Aura and Opal Glow ($12 each)
The Mesmerizing Mineral Palette boasts a super smooth mineral eye shadow formula that reflects light away from imperfections, while tonal shades enhance eyes’ natural beauty. Six silky color-coordinated shades can be used together or on their own with the included dual-ended applicator, which works as a wand for fast and fuss-free application.

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Sonia Kashuk’s 2nd capsule collection of luxe, limited-edition cosmetics inspired from the markets in Istanbul available August 2015 at Target® and Target.com

Minneapolis, 2015-8-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Fall 2015 is all about wearable color. Drawing inspiration from the markets in Istanbul, Sonia Kashuk designed a line of seasonal shades to create her second capsule collection of luxe, limited-edition cosmetics. The formulas are packaged in burgundy plaid – a staple of the season – reimagined in a modern, graphic print. Available August 2015 at Target® and Target.com.

Grand Bazaar Color Palette – Inspired by the rich colors and textures at the famous bazaars, Sonia created this classic palette with warm, earthy pinks for eyes and cheeks. The matte pale pink and deep rose blush shades deliver a natural-looking flush to cheeks, while the quad of soft, blendable eye shadows in universally flattering shades give you the flexibility to create beautiful color combinations for day or night. Includes, a pearly white, muted pink, subtle shimmery auburn and deep plum shadows to highlight and define eyes. Now available in Spice Market.
Price: $19.99

Grand Bazaar Illuminating Loose Powder – Impart a candlelit glow with Sonia’s new high- performance illuminating loose powder, which naturally catches the light for a luxe, radiant finish. The silky, ultra lightweight formula instantly brightens and evens the complexion. Now available in Exotic Crystal, a soft, rose gold pink.
Price: $12.99

Grand Bazaar Matte Lipstick – Create a polished lip look for fall with sophisticated shades of velvety matte color. The creamy formula applies smoothly and moisturizes lips with wild mango butter. The two new shades include: Crushed Berry, a rich bordeaux and Crushed Petal, a pinky mauve.
Price: $11.99 (each)

Grand Bazaar Liquid Lip – Treat lips to this highly-pigmented, long-wearing liquid lip color in classic wine-colored hues. Created with a blend of oils, the creamy formula leaves lips with a balm-like softness and delivers vibrant color payoff with a glossy finish. The two new shades include: Blush Wine, a soft, pinky violet and Vintage Wine, a full-bodied burgundy.
Price: $11.99 (each)

Grand Bazaar Nail Colour – Lacquer your nails in the season’s must-have hue with Sonia’s signature Nail Colour. The long-wearing 3-free formula glides on easily and delivers a chip- resistant, ultra-sheen finish. Now available in Spice it Up, a cinnamon marsala.
Price: $4.59

Grand Bazaar Hidden Treasure Chubby Brush Set – This is it, true beauty on the go! The 5- piece set with full sized heads works perfectly with the Grand Baazar Color Palette, which both slip into the carrying case for touch-ups anytime, anywhere. This set includes a powder brush, small eye shadow brush, concealer brush, crease brush and smudge brush.
Price: $19.99

Grand Bazaar The Sultan Kabuki Brush –The dome-shaped brush with plush bristles will evenly distribute a translucent layer of powder or bronzer for an airbrushed look. Perfectly pairs with the Grand Baazar Illuminating Loose Powder for a flawless application.
Price: $12.99

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Sonia Kashuk Fall 2015 Skincare Collection will be available August 2015 at Target® and Target.com

Minneapolis, 2015-8-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Known as the pioneer of bringing luxury the masses, Sonia Kashuk continues her focus on design, performance, and quality with a new skincare collection. Exquisitely designed packaging and beautiful textures with outstanding performance transforms the art of makeup removal into an indulgent ritual. The edited range highlights the cornerstone of a good skincare routine with luxurious cleansers, an exfoliating toner and detoxifying mask, each formulated with innovative ingredients to deliver effective results, at a surprisingly affordable price. Available August 2015 at Target® and Target.com.

NEW Resurface Gentle Exfoliating Wash – This creamy, paraben and sulfate-free scrub cleanses and exfoliates in one simple step to reveal fresh, even-toned skin. Micronized, hard- shelled algae gently polishes away dead skin cells and a regenerating botanical complex stimulates cell renewal. Hydrating grape seed and sunflower seed oils, soothing aloe vera and pro-vitamin B5 condition the skin for a healthy glow.
Price: $14.99

NEW Renew Micro Exfoliating Toner – This light, refreshing toner provides gentle exfoliation for a radiant looking complexion. Willow bark extract works to exfoliate, aloe vera and pro- vitamin B5 soothes the skin and sodium hyaluronate locks in moisture. The paraben and alcohol- free formula doesn’t strip the skin and contains Vitamin C and resveratrol to help protect against future damage. Price: $14.99

NEW Detox Purifying Black Mask – This clay-based mask contains kaolin to absorb oil and impurities from skin. With superb anti-aging qualities, the mask features a combination of effective alpha-hydroxy acids – glycolic acid to slough off dead skin cells, lactic acid to stimulate cell growth, mandelic acid for anti-bacterial properties and salicylic acid to smooth texture. White tea provides antioxidant protection and aloe vera, calendula flower and chamomile extracts soothe and moisturize. Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils have astringent properties to tone the skin, while cucumber and licorice extracts brighten for a more unified complexion. Price: $15.99

NEW Dissolve Gel to Oil Makeup Removing Cleanser – The ground-breaking formula applies to skin as a gel and transforms into a weightless oil to melt away makeup, debris and impurities. Skin is left clean without being stripped of its natural oils and radiance. Vegetable glycerin and coconut oil naturally cleanse the skin, while camellia oil purifies. Abyssinica seed oil nourishes and protects against moisture loss. The paraben-free formula is suitable for all skin types. Price: $14.99 (Launching in November 2015)

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Sonia Kashuk Fall 2015 Collection at Target® and Target.com from August 2015

Minneapolis, 2015-8-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Available August 2015 at Target® and Target.com.

NEW Chic Defining Lightening Stick – The perfect complement to the best-selling Chic Defining Contour Stick, this creamy formula glides on to mimic natural light reflections for a lifting effect. The soft-textured stick contains African Walnut Seed Oil and Pistachio Butter – both rich in fatty acids and antioxidants – for coverage that melts into skin, sculpting features for a flawless face.
Price: $10.99

NEW Undercover Liquid Concealer – This anti-aging liquid concealer creates the look of lifted, luminous and smooth skin. The soft and creamy formula is packed with power actives including Vitis Vita for triple anti-aging benefits – hydration, protection and detoxification. The anti-fatigue, anti-puffiness complex revives eyes and the rounded sponge applicator provides a fool-proof application. Available in two shades: Light & Medium.
Price: $9.99 each

NEW The Brow Kit – Groom brows for the most face flattering arch with these must-have tools. Includes tweezers and small scissors for shaping, a double-ended spoolie and brush for grooming and a universal pommade to deliver bold definition by filling in sparseness and holding strays in place.
Price: $19.99

NEW Longwear Eye Definer – Create sultry, defined eyes with this buildable, creamy and highly-pigmented liner. Available in four shades, the long-wearing formula is perfect for creating on-trend eye looks in fall’s most-wanted hues. Available in seven shades: Black Onyx, Black Diamond, Dark Chocolate, Dark Purple, Burnished, Olive and Slate.
Price: $7.99 each

SHADE ADDITIONS

Eyeshadow Quad – These earthy shades are an ethereal combination. The satin-finish formula feels creamy upon application and fuses to skin for maximum coverage and wear. Mother Nature features wearable, shimmery neutrals paired with a lush green and sophisticated violet-grey shade.
Price: $13.69

Nail Colour –Sonia’s signature 3-free formula delivers creamy, long-lasting color with a high- shine, chip-resistant finish. Available in two new shades: Peace & Love, a deep violet, and Dyno-Mite, a burnt orange and cult favorites: Starlet Scarlet, a true red, Wicked Attraction, a rich oxblood and Tumultuous Teal, a deep blue-green.
Price: $4.79 each

NEW Lip Definer – An innovative new formulation of Sonia’s best-selling liner. The formula glides on to easily contour lips with rich color in a smooth finish. Available in the existing nine shades: Hibiscus, Maple, Natural, Nude, Petal, Pink Whisper, Plum, Rosewood and True Red.
Price: $5.99 each

NEW Undetectable Loose Powder – Brighten and smooth imperfections. This high performance setting powder absorbs excess oil and diffuses light to soften fine lines and imperfections for an airbrushed appearance. Available in two shades: Light and Medium.
Price: $9.99 each

NEW Undetectable Pressed Powder – Set makeup for long-lasting results. The weightless and microfine-pressed powder seals makeup for enhanced wear and refines the complexion to leave skin looking even and smooth. Available in two shades: Light and Medium.
Price: $9.99 each

UPDATED Kashuk Tools – Kashuk Tools are getting sleeker. A touch of gold elevates the high quality and iconic brush line. The Kashuk Tools line includes:

Precision Pencision Pencil Brush No. 31 – $9.99

Synthetic Concealer Brush No. 32 – $10.99

Contour Brush Brush No. 30 – $15.79

Domed Blusher Brush No. 29 – $17.99

Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 28 – $10.99

Synthetic Angled Eye Liner Brush No. 27 – $9.99

Angled Crease Brush No. 26 – $10.99

Dense Blush/ Powder Brush No. 24 – $17.99

Large Domed Eye Shadow Brush No. 20 – $12.99

Medium Multipurpose Powder Brush No. 17 – $17.99

Synthetic Domed Multipupose Brush No. 16 – $18.99

Small Kabuki Brush No. 15 – $17.99

Brow Groomer with Metal Comb No. 14 – $8.99

Synthetic Crease Shadow Brush No. 08 – $10.99

Small Eye Shadow Brush No. 07 – $9.99

Blusher Brush No. 02 – $17.99

Synthetic Foundation Brush No. 05 – $14.99

Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush No. 04 – $15.99

Large Powder Brush No. 01 – $19.99

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Sonia Kashuk, Target partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to raise money in support of the fight against breast cancer

Minneapolis, 2015-8-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Sonia Kashuk, breast cancer survivor and beauty entrepreneur, and Target® Corp (NYSE:TGT) have partnered with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) for the ninth straight year offering an exclusive brush set to raise money in support of the fight against breast cancer.

Sonia Kashuk’s Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set will be available year round and 15 percent of the purchase price benefits BCRF.

Kashuk realized early on that makeup empowers, inspires and motivates women and her passion and talent has established her as one of the beauty industry’s leaders. Due in part to her own experience with breast cancer, it is Sonia Kashuk’s mission to share her wisdom with women to help discover their true inner and outer beauty.

Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set ($15.99)

Feel beautiful inside and out with this set of professional–quality makeup brushes with luxe black handles, bright pink trim and plush black bristles. Housed in a structured black makeup case with vibrant pink lining and a stylish black zipper, this signature set includes a powder/blusher brush, synthetic concealer brush, small eyeshadow brush, crease brush and synthetic angled eyeliner brush.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,799 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.

Sonia Kashuk has been creating beauty and glamour for all since 1999 and is Target’s longest standing design partner.

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Lowe’s Canada announces two more locations in Ontario in addition to completing the acquisition of 12 former Target sites

Target acquisition accelerates Lowe’s footprint in Canada

TORONTO, ON, 2015-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada announced today that in addition to completing the acquisition of 12 former Target sites, the company also plans to open two more locations in Ontario. Construction is currently underway in Ancaster and Mississauga, representing an additional investment in excess of approximately C$50 million.

“These 14 new locations are a tremendous win for us in Canada, accelerating our growth across the country and bringing our total store count to 54 locations,” said Sylvain Prud’homme, president of Lowe’s Canada. “We continue to receive a positive reaction from our customers on our store experience and this helps us reach additional communities more quickly.”

The new Lowe’s store sites are located across Canada, many in markets where Lowe’s is currently underpenetrated. As a result of these new locations, approximately 2,000 jobs will be created in Canada, and Lowe’s total Canadian store count will increase to 54 locations including 37 stores in Ontario, 3 in Saskatchewan, 9 in Alberta and 5 in British Columbia.

Lowe’s acquisition of the 12 former Target locations has been completed, including the purchase of Target’s Milton, Ontario distribution centre for a total purchase price of approximately C$147.75 million. This acquisition came as part of a real estate auction following Target’s decision to cease operations in Canada.

The 14 new stores, located across the country will enhance Lowe’s presence in Western Canada and strengthen its base in Ontario adding four new sites in British Columbia, two in Alberta, one in Saskatchewan and seven in Ontario as follows:

Abbotsford Power Centre Abbotsford, BC 1225 Sumas Way
Nanaimo North Town Centre Nanaimo, BC 4750 Rutherford Road
Prince George Prince George, BC 2999 Massey Drive
Victoria Tillicum Victoria, BC 3170 Tillicum Road
Shoppes at Shawnessy Calgary, AB 295 Shawville Blvd SE
Signal Hill Centre Calgary, AB 5696 Signal Hill Centre SW
Northgate Mall Regina, SK 355 Albert St. N
Ancaster Ancaster, ON 100 Portia Drive
Milton Mall Shopping Centre Milton, ON 55 Ontario Street South
Mississauga Mississauga, ON 5348 Mavis Road
Centrepoint Mall North York, ON 6600 Yonge Street
RioCan St. Laurent Ottawa, ON 1021 St. Laurent Blvd
Shoppers World Danforth Toronto, ON 3003 Danforth Avenue
Intercity Shopping Centre Thunder Bay, ON 1000 Forth William Road

The new distribution centre in Milton, Ontario is strategically located to serve the company’s current and future stores.

Lowe’s Canada is slated to open its 40th store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in August 2015. Opening dates for the remaining 14 locations will vary based on construction and permitting schedules.

About Lowe’s Canada
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico through its stores and online. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has 1,840 home improvement and hardware stores and more than 265,000 employees. In Canada, Lowe’s opened its first stores in December 2007 and now operates 39 stores in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia with more than 6,000 employees. For more information, visit www.lowes.ca.

Target makes shopping for school supplies hassle-free with School List Assist

New resources and compelling promotions help families shop for must-have supplies and stylish apparel at prices they’ll love

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) will make getting ready for back to school quick and easy for families this season. Guests preparing for a successful school year will find a new way to shop for school supplies for the first time online, easy-to-understand promotions and all the styles kids love. 

School List Assist

Target is offering families a new way to make shopping for school supplies hassle-free with School List Assist. The online hub, which is in beta, offers a curated assortment of the most common K-8 supplies on the list and a convenient new way for guests to find what they need.  Parents can purchase the school supplies their kids need and then pick them up in store or have them shipped to their homes.  

“When it comes to back-to-school shopping, we heard from our guests that shopping for ‘the list’ is a top priority but also the biggest challenge,” said Jason Goldberger, president Target.com and Mobile. “School List Assist makes it easy for guests to shop for all of their back-to-school supplies with just a few clicks – giving families more time to look for the exciting things like Target’s backpacks, lunch kits and first day of school outfits.”  

Ways to Save

This year, Target will time its promotions to more closely reflect how families shop for back to school. In addition, the promotions will be simple and straight-forward. Early in the season, supplies will be discounted through offers like BOGO 50 percent off supplies and BOGO 50 percent off favorite characters. Later in the season, promotions will focus on apparel, including 40 percent off all denim, 30 percent off all kids’ apparel and accessories and free shipping at Target.com. Target will also continue to offer additional ways to save every day through Cartwheel. REDcard holders always receive 5 percent off nearly all purchases at Target stores and Target.com, free shipping at Target.com and 30 extra days for returns.

Stylish Supplies and Fashion Finds

Parents and kids will find a broad assortment of supplies, gear, apparel and accessories to fit any kids’ unique sense of style. Top products and trends include:    

  • For young fashionistas, the new Stevies collection launches in all stores and online beginning the week of July 19. Stevies includes 30 exclusive girls’ styles, with prices from $21.99 to $36.99. Designer Stevie Madden, daughter of renowned footwear designer Steve Madden, is Target’s youngest design partner.
  • For stylish kids on the move, Target has a larger assortment of stretchy denim styles than ever before.
  • Target will continue to offer school uniform staples at an incredible value, including an assortment of polos, pants, shorts, scooters, jumpers and more.
  • For DIY enthusiasts, Target will offer a collection of supplies featuring kraft paper and bright neon colors that are perfect for personalization. With a wide variety of washi tape, oversized stickers, paint markers and contact paper, students can make notebooks and folders their own.
  • For kids who love movie and TV characters, Target has apparel, accessories, school supplies, backpacks and lunch kits with Minions, Star Wars, Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Frozenand more.
  • Philanthropic-minded students will love the new Yoobi X Usher collection, curated by Usher and designed by artist Jonni Cheatwood. Yoobi is a line of school supplies that gives back to classrooms in need in the U.S. with its “One for You, One for Me” giving model. 
  • For eco-minded students, Embark Backpacks use fabric made from 100 percent post-consumer plastic bottles—the material used for each backpack saves at least five water bottles from a landfill.
  • Other top trends in supplies this year include: 
    • Feminine, preppy designs like big florals, small hearts, and striped chevron in a palette of fresh, poppy colors
    • Boho-inspired patterns influenced by street art with a festival feel 
    • Sophisticated dark florals, animal prints, gold glitter and sparkle 
    • Eighties-inspired prints like camo and bold geometric designs

Reaching Parents and Kids with Social Media Influencers

Target’s back-to-school marketing campaign celebrates the excitement of going back to school. The campaign is full of energy and confidence and showcases new styles and products that kids want and parents know they need. Kids may also recognize popular online stars throughout the campaign such as: 

  • Maddie Ziegler, actor, model, and dancer, along with several other kid dancers, are featured in a denim commercial to highlight the style and comfort of the new assortment.
  •  EvanTube, the YouTube phenomenon who reviews toys on his family friendly YouTube channel, appears in another commercial. 

Giving Back, Easy as ABC

Music continues to be a defining element in Target’s advertising, and this campaign features a fresh rendition of the familiar song “ABC,” by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly whose debut album, “Unbreakable Smile,” is available at Target with two exclusive bonus tracks. Beginning July 21, fans can download the track for free at Target.com/BacktoSchool. For every download Target will donate five dollars of supplies to schools through the Kids In Need Foundation. Target will donate a total of up to $3.5 million in supplies, which equals 700,000 downloads. Once the goal has been reached, the song will be available to stream on Target.com/BackToSchool

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,795 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.

 

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Target makes shopping for school supplies hassle-free with School List Assist

Target makes shopping for school supplies hassle-free with School List Assist

More than a dozen leading US companies to create the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people

  • Top U.S.-Based Companies Create Pathways to Economic Opportunity for Young Americans
  • Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart Come Together With the Goal to Create the Nation’s Largest Employer-Led Coalition to Hire or Train 100,000 Opportunity Youth   
  • First Opportunity Fair & Forum Coming to Chicago on Aug. 13, Hosted by Common

Chicago, 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies today announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has the goal of being the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people.  The coalition has the collective goal of engaging at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who face systemic barriers to jobs and education – by 2018 through apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and both part-time and full-time jobs. Additionally, the coalition will leverage existing collaborative efforts on the ground in a handful of cities to partner in building these pathways. The founding companies include Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.

Chicago to Host First Opportunity Fair & Forum

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will accelerate the coalition’s hiring commitment with an employer initiated Opportunity Fair & Forum for Opportunity Youth in Chicago on Aug. 13, where the participating companies expect to collectively train more than 2,000 youth and make at least 200 on-the-spot job offers, delivering immediate impact for their businesses, the Chicago community and many participating candidates. By partnering with local workforce leaders, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative expects to hire at least 1,000 youth in the Chicago area over the next 18 months. Over the next 30 days, the growing coalition will continue to welcome the participation of new companies who share a commitment to hiring Opportunity Youth. This initial event will serve as a catalyst for hiring and training efforts across the nation with the collective goal of engaging 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018.

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, working with LeadersUp, will serve as an aggregator and intermediary for the initial event in Chicago.  The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will also engage a broad collaboration of community based organizations to provide resources including on-the-spot mentorship and feedback, mock-interviews and skills training for job readiness, college prep, volunteer opportunities and internships.

“The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is creating a meaningful pathway to opportunity for thousands of young people – starting here in Chicago. With the right tools and resources, the next generation of Chicagoans can make a measurable impact in our community through civic engagement and strengthen our City’s economy. I am pleased that Chicago was selected to host the first hiring event, and I look forward to working with these companies to help solve a critical issue facing our neighborhoods and the young people who live there today,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The Opportunity Forum will be hosted by Grammy and Academy Award winning performing artist and actor Common who will lead an open discussion with more than 2,000 young people and their support networks focused on economic opportunity in America. Joining Common on stage will be special guests, entertainers and speakers.

“I believe in the talent that lies within our young people, and I know that when we give them a real chance, they will achieve and soar. I am excited to be a part of bringing jobs and opportunities to our great city,” said Common.

The Opportunity Ahead

In the U.S. alone, there are currently 5.6 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working.  At the same time, there are 3.5 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. Jobs that do not require a four-year degree – sometimes called middle-skill jobs – make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States. For employers looking to fill these jobs, young, motivated workers are a vital and untapped resource.  However, young people are often unaware that these opportunities are available, nor are they aware of the steps they need to take to pursue and secure these jobs. At the same time, employers often do not have clear strategies to effectively recruit, train and retain young workers.

In response, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is committing to create the pathways young workers need to build skills, attain credentials and ultimately secure a job. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people who are just entering the workforce through internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, as well as to develop the potential of youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that will lead to a successful career.  These companies have joined together and are operating with the belief that with the right skills and training, Opportunity Youth represent an unrealized pipeline of talent and an economic engine that can be ignited.

“In America, your ZIP code should never determine your destiny. Breaking down barriers to employment for young people doesn’t just help the individual workers – it benefits entire communities and the economy at large. The corporate leaders championing the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative recognize that promoting career opportunities for youth is a win-win, and I hope more employers will follow their lead. I’m pleased to see the Chicago Cook Workforce Board leveraging public workforce system capacity to connect young people with employers, training, and good jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

Leadership and Commitment to Hiring Opportunity Youth

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions will act as an intermediary for the initiative, building upon the existing work of its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF).   The OYIF currently supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 21 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute will provide direct leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to launch the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in a handful of those cities. Funders participating in the initiative include: Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Walmart Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Alaska Airlines: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), has a singular focus on youth and education, and is committed to building education and career pathways for youth in the communities it serves. By focusing on ways to expose youth to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers through targeted giving, mentorship and other programs, Alaska is engaging the leaders of tomorrow and developing talent for the aviation industry. In its home state of Washington, Alaska has given $2.5 million to fund the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center at the Museum of Flight to inspire the next generation of aerospace leaders, $1.5 million to Port Jobs for career development for airport workers, and $236,000 to the Highline School District for grants to teachers who help students excel in technical training. In the state of Alaska, Alaska Airlines has made a 3-year, $1 million commitment to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, an organization with the mission of providing native Alaskan students with the support they need to be successful in higher education and in science and engineering careers.

CVS Health: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States with more than 200,000 colleagues nationwide, has an ongoing commitment to train and hire young people. The company has longstanding partnerships with the U.S. Department of Labor and White House’s Summer Jobs+ initiative and was the first employer to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians. Through that program, CVS Health has placed more than 1,500 colleagues in Registered Apprenticeship career tracks in retail pharmacy and management and has committed to doubling that number over the next five years. Another notable program is Pathways to Health Care. More than one million young people have participated in the program since it began in 2000. Serving students in more than 40 cities across the United States, the program has awarded over $4 million in summer internship wages and continues to be a valuable tool for high-school and college-aged students.

Hilton: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

As one of the largest global hospitality companies in the world, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has committed to impacting one million young people by 2019.  Through a series of apprenticeships, internships and job opportunities, Hilton is supporting the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in the U.S. by committing to hire at least 15,000 young people in its offices and owned and managed hotels over the next three years, providing them with a wealth of skills and training to be successful in the world of hospitality and beyond. Visit jobs.hiltonworldwide.com and youth.hiltonworldwide.com for more information.

Microsoft: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Microsoft YouthSpark, through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Junior Achievement, Year Up, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, annually connects approximately one million youth in the United States with greater opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Through YouthSpark, Microsoft is committed to supporting even more young people in the future, providing opportunities to learn computer science — one of the most in-demand fields—through programs such as Technology, Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), which placed technology professionals as volunteer teachers into more than 130 high schools across the country during the past school year.

Starbucks: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

As one of the world’s leading youth employers with nearly 80 percent of its workforce being millennials, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has committed to hiring at least 10,000 Opportunity Youth in the U.S. over the next three years, many of whom will be eligible to participate in the company’s full slate of benefits including the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which provides full tuition reimbursement for an online bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. By hiring these purpose-driven young people, Starbucks believes it can create real pathways to opportunity for these new hires while driving its business forward and strengthening the communities it serves. Starbucks, the Schultz Family Foundation and YouthBuild USA have also launched the Customer Service Excellence Training (CSET) program, which gives students an opportunity to learn customer service skills – based on the same training Starbucks store partners (employees) receive – through classroom and on-the-job experience in retail or café settings.

Taco Bell: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Taco Bell changes lives and makes a positive impact on the communities it serves. As the employer of more than 1MM teens since its founding, Taco Bell sees today’s youth as the heart and soul of its brand. They are the reason why Taco Bell, the Taco Bell Foundation and Taco Bell franchisees have invested $75 million in scholarships, programming and grants to develop the next generation of leaders. Education and skills development are one of the most powerful ways Taco Bell is building communities, and the brand is committed to creating more jobs that are compatible with going to school. Between now and 2022, the brand expects to create more than 50,000 new jobs of which one in four will go to hiring teens, adding to the 175,000 jobs held by team members today. Taco Bell’s vision of seeing 100 percent of high school students graduate is supported in part by programs such as Taco Bell’s Career Online High School, which the brand launched to provide team members the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and career certificate through the nation’s only accredited online school district. Taco Bell team members also have access to a variety of online options, including fully accredited GEDs through the National GED Testing Service; Associate’s, Bachelor’s or graduate degrees offered at a 40 percent discount through a partnership with Excelsior College; and programs where associates can earn nearly 50 percent of the credits needed to earn a college degree just by working at Taco Bell.

Target: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Target has always worked to create shared value—doing what is good both for its business and for broader society. Since 1946, Target has given five percent of its profits back to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. One of the cornerstones of the company’s commitments has long been education. In 2015, Target will achieve its goal of giving $1 billion to education, helping kids reach their full potential while creating an educated workforce and leaders for the future. Target’s team is a source of pride for the company, and leaders focus on creating a diverse and engaged workforce supported by an inclusive culture. Target strives to be locally relevant to the guests and communities it serves, which includes creating jobs and inspiring team members to give back. In 2014, Target team members donated more than a million volunteer hours to projects they’re passionate about and with organizations that make an impact in the communities where they live and work – and are on track to do the same in 2015.

Walgreens: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Since its founding as a single store in Chicago in 1901 to its presence today in virtually every demographic community in the country, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) has understood the importance of developing our nation’s youth by creating employment opportunities. Through its robust job shadow, internship and employment opportunities for local youth around the country, Walgreens provides exposure to a variety of careers from store management to supply chain to corporate careers, including more than 100,000 hours of training and mentorship to thousands of young people annually. Each year, the company donates more than $1 million to the nation’s pharmacy schools to improve diversity among pharmacy students. In addition, high school students can gain Walgreens pharmacy experience through its job shadow program. The company’s pharmacy technician training program, which focuses on young people, is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). In recent years, Walgreens formalized programs aimed at hiring those in underserved employment populations. Hundreds of young Americans with mental or physical disabilities have found employment at Walgreens in distribution centers and stores through its Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI) program. Walgreens also works with a New York youth agency to create internships for those in the foster care system. For more information, visit careers.walgreens.com.

Walmart and Walmart Foundation Retail: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will provide support to this initiative through their Retail Opportunity Initiative, announced in February, 2015, which includes a $100 million investment over the next five years to create meaningful pathways for advancing people – including youth – in the retail sector overall.  In addition to helping to support the Aspen Institute in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will work with local organizations in Chicago and other cities to remove barriers to advancement.  The ongoing work includes philanthropic investments in career path mapping, pre-employment training, placement programs, upskilling, and credentialing, along with engagement in cross-sector partnerships such as this one.

Leaders Quotes

“At Alaska, we are committed to creating valuable career path opportunities in the communities we serve, through our support of education and job training initiatives for youth,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines. “An example in Washington State is our support for career advancement though initiatives like Port Jobs, that provide training and tools for workers at early stages of their career.”

“Expanding access to the American Dream is one of the most important issues confronting our democracy. The Aspen Institute is proud to partner with so many major companies to create greater access to opportunity for low income youth and young adults in America’s cities. Thanks to this coalition, thousands more young people will have a chance to fully participate in civil society,” said Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

“By bringing together the energy of world-class organizations, we can make meaningful progress toward improving the training and employment options for Opportunity Youth across America,” said Scott Farmer, CEO of Cintas Corporation. “With 5.6 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working, we need to join hands and take action across industries.  The Initiative is exciting and important for the future of Opportunity Youth and our Nation.”

“This is a key investment we can make for the success of our youth,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “We need to continue investing in programs and initiatives such as 100,000 Opportunities to strengthen our youth workforce, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged youth. I am again calling upon employers, large and small, across the region to join us in supporting the future of our young people by creating meaningful employment opportunities for our youth.”

“CVS Health is pleased to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative as part of our company’s ongoing commitment to connecting talented young people with meaningful apprenticeships, internships and jobs,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health. “At CVS Health, we know that today’s youth are the business leaders, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and health care professionals of tomorrow. That’s why we’re focused on introducing young people to careers in health care and pharmacy, two significantly expanding fields, and ensuring that they are armed with the skills they need to achieve success in not only their careers, but also in life. By training and hiring young people, we are not only building a strong workforce, but also stronger communities.”

“As one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, we are in a unique position to leverage our size, scale and expertise to close the opportunity gap for young people in a meaningful way,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide. “The life skills and on-the-job training offered in hospitality create a strong foundation for young people to build lifelong careers at Hilton and throughout our industry. By participating in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, we continue to work toward our global commitment to prepare, connect and employ one million young people by 2019.”

“We are very excited to be part of this 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to hire Opportunity Youth. While this initiative will help young Chicagoans find valuable employment, it will also be a great opportunity for us to identify and hire talented youth that will enrich our workforce and ultimately the customer experience we strive to deliver,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of HMSHost. “We look forward to working alongside our fellow employers to bring the goal of 100,000 Opportunities to reality.”

“As one of America’s largest department stores, we’re honored to be a founding partner of this important initiative,” said Marvin Ellison, President and CEO-designee of JCPenney. “A job in retail can be the start of an exciting career path with a variety of opportunities for anyone who is passionate about delivering great products and exceptional customer service. We look forward to helping the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieve its goal by placing young people in positions at JCPenney stores where the possibilities for growth are endless.”

“At Microsoft we are passionate about empowering every person on the planet to achieve more and that means supporting strong pathways for education and employment for youth,” said Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation. “We are honored to be a part of The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to help empower thousands of young people across America.”

“We are excited and honored to be working alongside other successful companies that are committed to empowering America’s youth,” said Matt Ehrlichman, Chief Executive Officer of Porch.com. “As a startup, I can attribute a lot of our early success to the smart, ambitious, and young talent base we have. At the heart of every durable company and community is empowerment. When you combine that with opportunity, you can literally change the world. We look forward to the road ahead and the opportunities we will provide as our business and the home service industry grows.”

“We simply hire nice people and teach them the Potbelly way,” said Aylwin Lewis, Chairman, CEO and President of Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

“The Rockefeller Foundation is thrilled to be a founding funder in the 100,000 Opportunity Initiative,” saidJudith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “Years of research have showed us time and again what works and what doesn’t work when tackling youth unemployment, and solutions with an explicit and defined commitment from employers is the way we will achieve sustained impact.  Getting young people into new jobs is just the beginning.  We all must work together to ensure they enter the right jobs, retain them, and ultimately grow from them.  Today’s effort is an important first step, and I commend the corporations that are on the front lines of hiring thousands of these qualified young people.”

“By using our scale to create pathways to affordable education and meaningful employment for these young men and women, we’re strengthening both our workforce and our economy” said Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks and co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation. “As business leaders, I believe we have a critical role to play in hiring more Opportunity Youth and offering these young people excellent training, and the chance to dream big and reach their aspirations. The rules of engagement for philanthropy are changing. It’s not just about writing a check; rather, our approach is focused on creating a coalition of like minds with local knowledge, expertise on-the-ground and the ability to scale the social impact of an initiative like this to create pathways of opportunity for the literally millions of young people who can benefit from this program.”

“As a company that gives many young Americans their very first job, Taco Bell proudly invests in developing its next generation of leaders through education, job and life skills, and a culture that promotes growth,” said Brian Niccol, CEO of Taco Bell Corp. “Taco Bell is a workplace where today’s driven youth can flourish. We empower our team members with practical skills that set them up for success on the job and beyond, and provide the resources and encouragement to stay in school and earn a degree so they can follow their passions. For over 20 years we have paved the way for teens to gain the confidence they need to tackle challenges, make an impact on the world and reach their full potential. We are honored to extend support for this impressive generation by participating in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative.”

“At Target, we seek innovative ways to fuel our growth, improve people’s lives, and make a sustainable difference in the world. Our team members are our greatest asset, and it is through their contributions that we continue to surpass our guests’ expectations every time they shop with us. Being a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will connect Target with motivated, high potential young people that help ensure our workforce is as diverse as the guests we serve,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target Corp. “For more than a century, Walgreens has grown its business on a tradition of recruiting young talent and building professional career paths that can take them to the company’s highest ranks,” said Alex Gourlay, President of Walgreens. “We are proud to join with other great American brands to broaden opportunity for young men and women and provide access to the training, skills development and experience needed to build a strong workforce and growing economy.”

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation work to improve the lives of millions of people through creating economic mobility and strengthening communities,” said Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. President and CEO. “Through our Opportunity initiative, we are working in partnership with others to address the fundamental challenges facing the retail and related industry workforces and create opportunities through job training that will allow for clear career advancement. We are pleased to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to prepare youth for successful and rewarding careers in retail.”

“We are pleased to support the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to put more young people on a promising road toward economic security,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Partnering with employers to build strong pathways to quality jobs and important supports like employment training and employee wellbeing policies is essential. We believe this will help more young people — especially those disconnected from opportunity who have been continuously and structurally left out of the economic engine — move up the career ladder and provide a better future for their families.”

How to Engage

For companies interested in joining the effort, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org for more information. For young people interested in participating in the Opportunity Fair & Forum, please visit www.100kOpportunities.orgf or information about participating agencies.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career.  For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

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More than a dozen leading US companies to create the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people

More than a dozen leading US companies to create the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people

CVS Health to acquire Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion

  • CVS Health and Target to offer best-in-class pharmacy and medical clinic services to Target guests and plan to develop Target stores that include CVS/pharmacy
  • Transaction will expand CVS Health’s retail presence in new markets and enhance Target’s wellness offerings

Woonsocket, RI and Minneapolis, MN, 2015-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for CVS Health to acquire Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion. Through this agreement, CVS Health will acquire Target’s more than 1,660 pharmacies across 47 states and operate them through a store-within-a-store format, branded as CVS/pharmacy. In addition, a CVS/pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services. Target’s nearly 80 clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic, and CVS Health will open up to 20 new clinics in Target stores within three years of the close of the transaction. The new clinics will be part of CVS/minuteclinic’s plan to operate 1,500 clinics by 2017. In addition, CVS Health and Target plan to develop five to 10 small, flexible format stores over a two-year period following the deal close, which will each be branded as TargetExpress and include a CVS/pharmacy.

This strategic relationship brings together two leading retailers with complementary strengths, brands and cultures to enhance the health care experience for Target guests while expanding CVS Health’s retail presence in new markets, such as Seattle, Denver, Portland and Salt Lake City.  The transaction enables CVS Health to reach more patients, adding a new retail channel for its offerings, and expanding convenient options for consumers. Given CVS Health’s proven success in growing its business, the relationship is expected to benefit Target’s long-term traffic and sales growth. It also enables Target to strengthen its focus on wellness as a signature category.  Moving forward, enhanced efforts by Target will center on continuing to deliver products and experiences to help guests eat well, be active and find natural and clean label products.

“This strategic relationship with Target supports the highly complementary customer base, brand and culture we share,” said Larry Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO.  “When we introduced the new name for our company, CVS Health, we began a new era of growth with a broader health care focus and an appreciation of the rise of health care consumerism with consumer choice and accountability growing.  This relationship with Target will provide consumers with expanded options and access to our unique health care services that lead to better health outcomes and lower overall health care costs.”

“At Target, we’ve talked a lot about the evolving preferences of our guests and this partnership demonstrates that we’re committed to putting them at the forefront of everything we do,” said Brian Cornell, Target Chairman and CEO.  “By partnering with CVS Health, we will offer our guests industry leading health care services, and at the same time, sharpen our focus on elevating the way we deliver wellness products and experiences to our guests.”

Following completion of the transaction, Target guests will have access to CVS Health’s leading pharmacy care programs and medical clinic services.  Pharmacy programs, including Pharmacy Advisor, Specialty Connect and Maintenance Choice, will help consumers achieve better medication adherence through both improved convenience as well as enhanced pharmacy care counseling.  CVS Health has also committed to having a low-cost generic drug option available to Target’s cash-paying guests.  In addition, with MinuteClinic at Target locations, Target guests will have enhanced access to high-quality affordable medical care.  CVS Health customers will gain the option of an expanded, one-stop Target shopping experience, including apparel, home, fresh food and more, when seeking health care services.

The strategic relationship also unlocks future joint development opportunities.  Together, Target and CVS Health will carefully evaluate and select locations best-suited for new small format Target stores with a CVS/pharmacy inside.  Additionally, Target and CVS Health will explore innovative, new market offerings that have the potential to generate strong returns on investment and offer long-term benefits for customers and communities.

“We operate in a rapidly changing health care and regulatory environment,” added CVS Health’s Merlo.  “This requires companies like CVS Health to continually innovate, providing additional points of access, lowering costs and improving quality for both consumers and payors.”

This acquisition is consistent with each company’s stated goals of investing in core businesses that help drive growth.

CVS Health expects this transaction to generate significant sales and prescription volumes upon closing, and to generate significant operating profit over the long term. The company will finance the transaction with additional debt. In combination with CVS Health’s planned acquisition of Omnicare, this transaction will increase the company’s Adjusted Debt to EBITDA leverage ratio to approximately 3.2x. In support of reaching its leverage target of 2.7x, CVS Health is reducing its share repurchase guidance for 2015 by $1 billion, from $6 billion to $5 billion. This reduction in share repurchases reduces the company’s 2015 Adjusted Earnings Per Share guidance by approximately one cent per share and will lower 2016 Adjusted Earnings Per Share by approximately 4 cents per share.

The timing of closing the transaction is uncertain; assuming it closes near the end of the year, the transaction is expected to be approximately 6 cents dilutive to CVS Health’s Adjusted Earnings Per Share in 2016.  This includes the dilutive impact to 2016 from the lower 2015 share repurchase of approximately 4 cents per share as well as financing costs of approximately 5 cents per share; it excludes integration costs and any transaction or one-time costs associated with the deal. On the same basis, the transaction is expected to be approximately 10 cents accretive to CVS Health’s Adjusted Earnings Per Share in 2017, and at least 12 cents accretive to CVS Health’s Adjusted Earnings Per Share in 2018 and beyond.

This transaction will allow Target to continue offering this traffic-driving business in its stores and deliver a differentiated experience in support of its wellness efforts.  Target’s after-tax net proceeds from the transaction are expected to be approximately $1.2 billion, which Target expects to deploy in support of its long-standing capital priorities, including share repurchase. The transaction is expected to benefit Target’s Segment EBITDA and EBIT margins post-close, is expected to be accretive to Target’s EPS immediately following the deal close, and is expected to add half a percentage point or more to Target’s return on invested capital over time.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including necessary regulatory clearance. In-store changes will be rolled out over a period of several months thereafter, as CVS Health and Target work to ensure the smoothest possible transition for all pharmacy and clinic patients.  CVS Health is committing to offering the approximately 14,000 in-store Target health care professionals comparable positions with CVS Health as part of the transition.  Also following the deal closing, Target will further evaluate the business impact and related support needs at its headquarters locations.

Barclays served as the financial advisor to CVS Health. CVS Health was advised on transaction legal matters by Fried Frank and on regulatory matters by Dechert LLP.

Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to Target.  Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Dorsey & Whitney advised Target on legal matters.

Teleconferences and Webcasts
CVS Health will be holding a conference call today for the investment community at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss the transaction.  The dial-in number for the call is (800) 755-1805 or, for international callers, (212) 231-2909.  An audio webcast of the call will be broadcast simultaneously on CVS Health’s website for all interested parties.  To access the webcast, please visit the investor relations section of the company’s website at http://investors.CVSHealth.com/  A replay of the call will be available for 7 days starting at 10:30 am (EDT) on June 15 through 10:30 am (EDT) on June 22.  The replay number for the call is (800) 633-8284 or, for international callers, (402) 977-9140 (passcode: 21770599).  The webcast will be archived and available on the CVS Health website for a one-year period following the conference call.

Target will hold a conference call at 9:45 a.m. EDT today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call at Target.com/Investors (hover over “company” then click on “events & presentations” in the “investors” column). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT today through the end of business on June 22, 2015. The replay number is (855) 859-2056 (passcode: 66577154).

About CVS Health CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health.  Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs.  Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,795 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.

CVS Health Forward-Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  By their nature, all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Target Forward-Looking Statement  
Statements by Target in this release regarding the expected benefits to Target’s long-term traffic and sales growth, Target’s expected after-tax proceeds from the transaction and the expected impact of the transaction on Target’s Segment EBIT margins, EPS and ROIC are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause Target’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties include those relating to the certainty around satisfying the conditions to closing the transaction, how Target’s guests react to the transaction, the effectiveness of the ongoing relationship between Target and CVS Health, whether Target will recognize the expected benefits from the transaction and the risks described in Item 1A of Target’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015.

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Target paid $1.2 billion dividends in fiscal 2014, 19.8 percent above 2013

Fourth quarter comparable sales increased 3.8 percent Fourth Quarter Adjusted EPS of $1.50 was ahead of the company’s most recent guidance

  • Fourth quarter comparable sales increased 3.8 percent, reflecting a 3.2 percent increase in comparable transactions. Digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to comparable sales growth.
  • Target’s fourth quarter 2014 Adjusted EPS of $1.50 was above the company’s most recent guidance of $1.43 to $1.47 per share.
  • Target’s full-year comparable sales grew 1.3 percent. Digital channel sales growth of more than 30 percent contributed 0.7 percentage points to 2014 comparable sales growth.
  • Target paid dividends of $1.2 billion in fiscal 2014, an increase of 19.8 percent above 2013.

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported fourth quarter 2014 Adjusted earnings per share1 of $1.50, an increase of 14.9 percent from $1.31 in 2013, and full-year Adjusted earnings per share of $4.27, a decrease of 2.6 percent from $4.38 last year. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.49 in fourth quarter and $3.83 in full-year 2014, compared with $1.22 and $4.20 in 2013, respectively. In fourth quarter, Target recognized a pre-tax loss of $5.1 billion related to its discontinued Canadian operations, resulting in a $(5.59) loss per share. The tables attached to this press release provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted earnings per share.

“We’re pleased with our fourth quarter financial results, which were driven by betterthan-expected sales and particularly strong performance in our signature categories—style, baby, kids and wellness,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation. “We’re seeing early momentum in our efforts to transform Target, and our team is entering the new fiscal year with a singular focus on continuing to differentiate our merchandise assortment and shopping experience while controlling costs by reducing complexity and simplifying the way we work. We’re confident that these efforts will allow us to grow our earnings while returning cash to our shareholders in 2015 and beyond, driving improvements in Target’s return on invested capital and creating long-term value for our shareholders.”

Fiscal 2015 Earnings Guidance

In first quarter 2015, Target expects Adjusted EPS, reflecting results of operations in its single-segment business, of $0.95 to $1.05, compared with $0.92 in first quarter 2014. The Company will provide full-year 2015 guidance at its meeting with the financial community on March 3, 2015, from approximately 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Investors and others are invited to access the presentations and Q&A session online on the Events & Presentations section of Target.com/Investors.

Results of Continuing Operations

Fourth quarter 2014 sales increased 4.1 percent to $21.8 billion from $20.9 billion last year, reflecting a 3.8 percent increase in comparable sales combined with sales from new stores. Segment earnings before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) were $1,603 million in fourth quarter 2014, an increase of 13.4 percent from $1,413 million in 2013.

Fourth quarter EBITDA and EBIT margin rates were 9.9 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively, compared with 9.2 percent and 6.8 percent in 2013. Fourth quarter gross margin rate was 28.5 percent, compared with 27.6 percent in 2013, reflecting the benefit of annualizing clearance markdowns associated with the fourth quarter 2013 data breach, combined with the benefit of a favorable merchandise mix in fourth quarter 2014. Fourth quarter SG&A expense rate was 18.6 percent in 2014 compared with 18.4 percent in 2013, reflecting higher marketing, technology and incentive expense rates this year.

Full-year 2014 sales increased 1.9 percent to $72.6 billion from $71.3 billion last year, reflecting a 1.3 percent increase in comparable sales combined with sales from new stores. Fullyear EBIT was $4,761 million in 2014, a decrease of 4.0 percent from $4,959 million last year.

Full-year 2014 EBITDA and EBIT margin rates were 9.5 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively, compared with 9.8 percent and 7.0 percent in 2013. Full-year gross margin rate was 29.4 percent, compared with 29.8 percent in 2013, driven by increased promotional activity in the first three quarters of 2014. Full-year SG&A expense rate was 19.9 percent in 2014 compared with 20.0 percent in 2013, reflecting disciplined expense control across the organization.

Interest Expense and Taxes from Continuing Operations

The Company’s fourth quarter 2014 net interest expense was $151 million, compared with $142 million last year. Full-year net interest expense was $882 million in 2014 and $1,049 million in 2013. Excluding losses of $285 million and $445 million related to the early retirement of debt in 2014 and 2013, respectively, full-year 2014 net interest expense was approximately flat to last year.

The Company’s fourth quarter effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 33.0 percent in 2014 and 33.5 percent last year. Target’s full-year 2014 effective income tax rate from continuing operations decreased 1.6 percentage points to 33.0 percent from 34.6 percent in 2013, which was driven primarily by the net tax effect of the Company’s global sourcing operations and the favorable resolution of various income tax matters.

Capital Returned to Shareholders

Target paid dividends of $330 million in fourth quarter, a 21.6 percent increase from $272 million in 2013. In full-year 2014, the Company paid dividends of $1,205 million, a 19.8 percent increase from $1,006 million last year.

Target did not repurchase any shares of its common stock through open market transactions during fourth quarter or full-year 2014.

Discontinued Operations

On January 14, 2015, following a comprehensive assessment of Canadian operations, Target’s Board of Directors approved a plan to discontinue operating stores in Canada. As a result of the decision, Target recorded a pretax impairment loss and other charges of $(5,105) million in fourth quarter 2014. After-tax losses from discontinued operations were $(3,600) million in fourth quarter, or $(5.59) per share, and $(4,085) million in full-year 2014, or $(6.38) per share.

Certain of the assets and liabilities of Target’s discontinued operations are based on estimates. The recorded assets include estimated receivables, and the remaining liabilities include accruals for estimated losses related to claims that may be asserted against Target Corporation, primarily under guarantees of certain leases. Given the early stage of its exit, these estimates involve significant judgment and are based on currently available information, an assessment of the validity of certain claims, and estimated payments by the Canada Subsidiaries. The Company believes that it is reasonably possible that future adjustments to these amounts could be material to its results of operations in future periods. Any such adjustments would be recorded in discontinued operations.

Accounting Considerations

During fourth quarter 2013, Target experienced a data breach in which an intruder gained unauthorized access to its network and stole certain payment card and other guest information. The Company incurred breach-related expenses of $4 million in fourth quarter 2014 and fullyear net expense of $145 million, which reflects $191 million of gross expense partially offset by the recognition of a $46 million insurance receivable. Fourth quarter and full-year 2013 net expense related to the data breach was $17 million, reflecting $61 million of gross expense partially offset by the recognition of a $44 million insurance receivable.

At the close of the sale of its entire U.S. consumer credit card receivables portfolio to TD Bank Group in first quarter 2013, Target recognized a $225 million beneficial interest asset. The fourth quarter and full-year 2014 beneficial interest asset reductions were $13 million and $53 million, respectively, compared with $16 million and $98 million in the same periods last year. Since the close of the transaction, the beneficial interest asset has been reduced by $151 million.

Miscellaneous

Target Corporation will webcast its fourth quarter earnings conference call at 9:30 a.m. CST today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call through the Company’s website at www.target.com/investors (click on “events & presentations”). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. CST today through the end of business on Feb. 27, 2015. The replay number is (855) 859-2056 (passcode: 39278650).

Statements in this release regarding first quarter 2015 earnings per share guidance and future expenses related to discontinued operations are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties are described in Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014 and Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Nov. 1, 2014.

In addition to the GAAP results provided in this release, the Company provides Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three- and twelve-month periods ended Jan. 31, 2015 and Feb. 1, 2014, respectively. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations. Management believes Adjusted EPS is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of the Company’s ongoing retail operations. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

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.

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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 launches four new natural hair care brands

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Get ready for a really good hair day: This March, Target is upping its natural beauty game through the introduction of four new natural hair care brands. Free of harmful chemicals and full of nutrient-rich, restorative and plant-based ingredients, ATTITUDE, Renpure, SoapBox andSoCozy offer Target guests and their families more than 30 new ways to get gorgeously healthy hair.

“We continue to hear from guests that they’re interested in more natural beauty and personal care products,” saidChristina Hennington, senior vice president, Health and Beauty, Target. “Bringing these brands to Target helps further differentiate our hair care assortment while providing new natural product options for the entire family – at prices all guests can appreciate.”

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Target launches four new natural hair care brands

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The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced the election of four retail executives to its Board of Directors

Arlington, VA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today the election of four retail executives to its Board of Directors. The election took place during the semi-annual Board of Directors meeting, held Sunday in Amelia Island, Florida. Joining the association’s Board of Directors are:

  • Brian Cornell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corporation
  • Alexander Gourlay, President, Walgreen Co.
  • Thomas Millner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cabela’s Inc.
  • Michael Polk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newell Rubbermaid

Also, two current board members were re-elected to the board at Sunday’s meeting

  • Madison Riley, Managing Partner, Asia Pacific, Kurt Salmon
  • Todd Tillemans, President, Customer Development, Unilever

“I am pleased to welcome these industry leaders to RILA’s Board of Directors. RILA’s ability to represent the interests of the retail industry is dependent on the expertise, insight and support provided by our board members,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. RILA is an outspoken advocate for the most critical issues facing the retail industry. RILA remains at the forefront of a number of battles, including the fight to level the playing field for all retailers as it relates to the collection of state sales tax. RILA also plays a leading role on issues including cybersecurity, comprehensive tax reform, health care, privacy, trade and a variety of labor and finance issues.The 2015 RILA Board of Directors:

  • Richard Dreiling, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Dollar General Corporation (Chairman)*
  • Eric Wiseman, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, VF Corporation (Treasurer)*
  • Robert Niblock, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (Secretary)*
  • William Rhodes, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, AutoZone, Inc (Second Vice Chair).*
  • Hubert Joly, Chief Executive Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc.*
  • James Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.*
  • Brian Cornell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Target Corporation
  • Joseph DePinto, President & Chief Executive Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Alexander Gourlay, President, Walgreen Co.
  • Ken Hicks, Executive Chairman, Foot Locker, Inc.
  • Alan Hoskins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Household Products, Energizer Holdings, Inc.
  • David Lenhardt, President & Chief Executive Officer, PetSmart, Inc.
  • Karen Lowe, General Manager, Global Retail Industry, IBM Corporation
  • Thomas Millner, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cabela’s Inc.
  • Paul Mulligan, President, Coca-Cola Refreshments, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Michael Polk, President & Chief Executive Officer, Newell Rubbermaid
  • Madison Riley, Managing Partner, Asia Pacific, Kurt Salmon
  • Walter Robb, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market, Inc.
  • Gregory Sandfort, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tractor Supply Company
  • Todd Tillemans, President of Customer Development, Unilever
  • Myron Ullman, Chief Executive Officer, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
  • Sandy Kennedy, President, Retail Industry Leaders Association*

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Target CEO Brian Cornell announced several leadership roles in key areas to fuel digital transformation and enhance guest experience

Casey Carl elevated to Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell today announced the elevation and expansion of several leadership roles in key areas across the enterprise, as the retailer continues to accelerate the business, fuel its digital transformation and enhance the guest experience.

“Today’s organizational announcements reflect our continued focus on the guest and our goal of delivering an extraordinary experience to ensure that Target not only meets but exceeds our guests’ expectations. With these changes, we are even better positioned to continue to drive the momentum in our business in 2015 and beyond,” said Cornell.

Strategy and Innovation
Casey Carl, president, omnichannel and senior vice president, strategy, will assume the role of chief strategy and innovation officer. With this move, Carl joins Target’s leadership team reporting to Cornell. Additionally, the retailer is creating a center of excellence under Carl’s leadership to accelerate and strengthen its data, analytics and business intelligence capabilities. This effort will be led by Paritosh Desai in the new role of senior vice president, Enterprise Data, Analytics and Business Intelligence.

Guest Experience
Jeff Jones, chief marketing officer, will take on the added responsibility of leading Target’s work in architecting the guest experience across all channels and touch points. Additionally, Jones will create and lead a new guest center of excellence, designed to enable the organization to develop a greater sense of advocacy and empathy for the guest in all of its business decisions.

Corporate Social Responsibility
To more closely align Target’s corporate social responsibility efforts and support of the communities in which it does business, Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations, becomes executive vice president, chief corporate social responsibility officer. Ward’s expanded organization will include the Community Relations, Global Affairs and Sustainability teams as well as Target Foundation.

Target.com and Mobile
To further drive the growth of mobile and e-commerce, Jason Goldberger has been named President, Target.com and Mobile. Goldberger joined Target two years ago from Gilt, where he launched a new Gilt Home site and grew the business by more than 40 percent, and his background also includes eight years at Amazon. Additionally, Dawn Block has been promoted to senior vice president, Target.com and mobile merchandising.

Investor Relations
In an effort to elevate the work of investor relations, John Hulbert has been named vice president, Investor Relations, and will continue to build engagement among investors and the financial community.

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.

An exclusive deluxe edition of Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons’ new album Smoke + Mirrors available only at Target

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons today announced that they will release their new album, Smoke + Mirrors, on February 17, 2015, via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records.

An exclusive deluxe edition available only at Target, which features four extra tracks and exclusive cover art, is available for pre-order beginning today on Target.com, and will go on sale in stores and on Target.com on February 17.

On Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons use the frenetic energy of life on the road to infuse their music with both raw tension and intense vulnerability. As on their double-platinum full-length debut Night Visions, the band works with sharply crafted beats and grooves to dream up rhythm-driven rock music that’s artful yet visceral. Also revealing the band’s dedication to keeping it homespun, Smoke + Mirrors marks the first release recorded in their new self-built home studio.

Formed in 2009, and featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons quickly earned a grassroots following. With 2012’s Night Visions, the album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, sold nearly four million copies worldwide, and became the No. 1 album on Spotify Worldwide for 2013. Night Visions’ second single, the 9x-platinum “Radioactive,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and earned the band a 2014 Grammy for “Best Rock Performance.” It is the best-selling rock song in U.S. digital history. The third single, “Demons,” hit No. 1 at Alternative and Top 40 radio, and has sold 3.9 million copies in the U.S. The band has sold more than 24 million tracks worldwide.

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An exclusive deluxe edition of Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons' new album Smoke + Mirrors available only at Target

An exclusive deluxe edition of Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons’ new album Smoke + Mirrors available only at Target

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

Target exclusive deluxe edition of Taylor Swift’s “1989” now available

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-10-28— /EPR Retail News/ — If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the past three Target + Taylor Swift partnerships, it’s this: You can never have too much Taylor.

With the highly-anticipated release of her fifth studio album, “1989,” Taylor proves once and for all that she knows no musical bounds. Capturing an extra piece of Taylor’s evolution, the Target exclusive deluxe edition of “1989” offers guests three songwriting voice memos that give fans unique insight into her songwriting process and three additional songs, including “You Are In Love” (written by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff, produced by Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift).

Taylor takes us back to 1989 (her birth year) with bold stylings of the 80’s mixed with bold sounds of today. “1989” is a sonic masterpiece that is driving to the top of the charts.

No. 1 hit single, “Shake it Off” made us shimmy and shake and “Out of the Woods” put us on the edge of our seats wondering what else “1989” has in store.

“1989,” ($13.99) is available in now Target stores and on Target.com/MoreTaylor.

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Target exclusive deluxe edition of Taylor Swift’s “1989” now available