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.
February 5, 2014 |
On the rise since its launch in 2007, London-based fashion label Peter Pilotto, co-designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, is Target's latest design partner. The highly anticipated 70-piece collection ($14.99-$79.99) debuts this Sunday, Feb. 9, at most Target stores and target.com ; also, for the very first time, select pieces will be sold by an outside retailer, Net-A-Porter.com , making the limited-edition collection accessible to an international audience. Fingers crossed that the computer crashes caused by previous Target designer launches don't morph into a global tech meltdown for frenzied fashion fans.
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.
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.
February 6, 2013 |
Annabel Inganni, the Los Angeles designer behind the Wolfum line of home décor accessories, recently discovered that her bookends -- animal shapes printed with original patterns and sold for $62 -- appear to have been replicated by Threshold, a Target-owned brand, which is selling its bookends for $14.99 online. “I am shocked and frustrated,” Inganni said by email. “Not only is the entire idea so exact -- a printed animal shape on a wood bookend -- but the prints are so similar.” Lookalike designs are nothing new; in 2011 we reported on the the Venice store Obsolete's accusations against Restoration Hardware.