September 6, 2012 |
Even though Americans are entering the all-important holiday season still skittish, Target Corp. doesn't want to follow the pack with steep markdowns. The "ultra-competitive nature" of the Black Friday and Christmas shopping crush means that competitors such as Wal-Mart probably will aggressively slash prices to lure consumers, said John J. Mulligan, Target's chief financial officer, at this week's Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference. And with good reason: Shoppers are still cautious and disciplined about how they spend, especially with the uncertainty caused by a looming election and fiscal cliff, Mulligan said.
February 22, 2011
Target has adopted new guidelines for donations to trade associations that prohibit the use of the company's contributions in political campaigns. The decision is a victory for gay rights activists, who objected to the retailer's donation to a group that supported a candidate opposed to same-sex marriage. But Target's turnaround has a wider importance. It shows that consumers and activists can hold corporations accountable for their political participation. Target's offense in the eyes of gay rights and liberal groups was a $150,000 donation to the nonprofit MN Forward, which backed a gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota who opposed same-sex marriage.
April 5, 2013 |
Target has apologized for referring to its "plus-size kimono maxi dress" as manatee gray. This is a mammal, after all, that is sometimes referred to as a sea cow. An irritated shopper tweeted what many saw as an insult. Regular sizes were "dark heather gray," but the plus size got the "manatee" label. It didn't take long for Target to zap the plus-size gaffe from its website and issue an apology. A spokeswoman told Today.com on Thursday the retailer was sorry for "any discomfort" and never intended to offend.
September 24, 2013 |
Brooke shops at Target, and she's noticed that prices at one store can differ from prices at another, sometimes significantly. She wants to know: Why's that? I put the question to Target, and a spokeswoman explained that different stores in the chain have different fixed costs, such as the lease, taxes, staffing and security. This is common among most big retail chains. That doesn't mean all prices will vary among stores. The prices of discounted items featured in company advertising will usually be the same everywhere.
January 28, 2014
Re "GOP censures 'liberal' McCain," Jan. 26 The GOP keeps shooting itself in the foot. The Arizona Republican Party has formally censured Sen. John McCain because it says his voting record is "insufficiently conservative. " Apparently McCain has lent his support to issues associated with liberal Democrats, such as immigration reform. Way to go, GOP. That's the way to win Latino votes. Lorraine Knopf Santa Monica ALSO: Letters: For the 9/11 story, a hefty fee Letters: With the NSA, spying made easy Letters: Cash for Homeboy -- money well spent
August 19, 2010 |
After weeks of public protest over its financial support of an organization that backed a GOP gubernatorial candidate opposed to gay rights, Target Corp. now faces a new form of pressure: demands from institutional shareholders that it revamp its donation process to avoid the chance of additional backfires. The shareholder action follows the disclosure last month that Target had sent corporate funds to an organization backing the Minnesota gubernatorial candidate. Such donations are allowed under a recent Supreme Court decision that lets companies and unions contribute directly to independent election campaigns.