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  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Target finally comes out in support of gay marriage

    Two years ago, Target refused to take an official stance on Minnesota's marriage amendment. The perception was that then-CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who in 2010 created a stink by giving $150,000 of the company's dollars to fund a TV ad supporting Tom Emmer's anti-gay gubernatorial campaign, played a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Target names outsider Brian Cornell CEO, publishes very bland Q&A with him

    :::: UPDATE :::: The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports that while Target will pay Cornell "just" a $1.3 million base salary, the company has also agreed to pay him $19.3 million over the next four years to make up for income he would've made had he stayed at Pepsi. Target, in a manner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Target exec says "truth hurts" in response to employee's scathing criticism

    Gawker's Hamilton Nolan has made a cottage industry out of publishing Target-bashing emails sent to him by unnamed Target Corp. employees in recent years, so it wasn't surprising to see him run another one yesterday in a post entitled, "Target Headquarters 'In Desperate Need of Help,' Says Employee. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigns following tumultuous, controversial six year tenure

    This morning, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned all his positions at the company, citing last winter's massive data breach, a debacle that was quickly followed by layoffs and an announcement of dramatically decreased profits during the most recent holiday season.Steinhafel, 59, attempted to place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Target's profits down 46 percent, but some experts think that's not as bad as it sounds

    The headlines suggest doom and gloom -- "Target Earnings Slammed by Data Breach," "Target warns data breach could hurt future profit," "Target Profits Declines on Data Breach Fallout," and so forth.RELATED: Target lays off 475 workers, won't fill 700 open positions But dig a little deeper, and thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologizes for losing your credit card info

    The only obvious winner to come out of the Target data breach: newspapers. This week, Target is running full-page advertisements in major dailies across the country, apologizing for a massive theft of credit card information of an estimated 40 million shoppers. SEE ALSO: Massive Target data brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Massive Target data breach affects in-store shoppers who used credit cards

    Target has confirmed a massive data breach jeopardizing the credit card information of about 40 million shoppers who made in-store purchases between Black Friday and December 15."We have determined that the information involved in this incident included customer name, credit or debit card number, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Target doesn't miss opportunity to talk about weather, blames disappointing sales on winter

    Target's first-quarter earning report is Best Buy-esque, but the company doesn't think you should attribute that to the ongoing decline of big-box retail. Rather, it's winter's fault!SEE ALSO: Target renames "Orina" sandal after learning word means urine in Spanish [IMAGE]In the official first-quart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Target's 2012 holiday sales disappoint, staying flat from 2011

    Target's 2012 holiday sales numbers came in below expectations, our local big-box giant announced this morning, staying "essentially flat" from last year.See Also: - Best Buy, Target both make "Top 10 Commercials of the Week" list [VIDEOS]- Target defends Thanksgiving opening: "There are more volunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Target's decision to open Thanksgiving evening sparks renewed "save Thanksgiving" petitions

    Last Thanksgiving, Target held off on opening its doors until the clock struck midnight and Black Friday began. Nonetheless, more than 200,000 people supported a petition asking Target to remain closed until later in the morning on Black Friday so workers could enjoy Thanksgiving with their families ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Target's cheesy employee training script (and Amazon fears) leaked to Gawker

    Right now our local big box chain looks like this: Its reds are vivid, its sky is blue. The only shadow in sight comes from its own logo. But Target's corporate higher-ups are worried, apparently, that the rise of online retailing -- specifically, Amazon -- could turn their empire into this:See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Target's gay wedding registry ad doesn't signal changed stance on marriage amendment

    SEE ALSO:- Target tries to atone for anti-gay missteps with new pro-marriage equality promotion- Target won't stock gay R&B star Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, cites "guest demand"- Target's gay problem keeps getting worseTarget may be running an ad for its online wedding registry featuring two g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Target coupons inform father of daughter's pregnancy

    ​A Minneapolis man discovered that his daughter was pregnant after Target started sending her coupons for baby clothes and cribs, according to an eye-opening New York Times story.The story chronicles how Target builds complex profiles of its customers, assigning each of them a "Guest ID" and study ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Ryan Langston, child model with Down Syndrome, profiled by NBC Nightly News

    ​Last night NBC Nightly News profiled Ryan Langston, the child model with Down Syndrome who recently appeared in a Target ad that won the local retailer plaudits for inclusion.We told you about Ryan Langston last week. He had appeared in a Target ad over the holidays, which was generating buzz onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Keith Ellison condemns Lowe's for pulling ads from Muslim reality TV show

    CMG0220Lowe's: Let's boycott something together.​Rep. Keith Ellison has joined the outcry against home-improvement giant Lowe's after the retailer announced that it is pulling its advertising from a reality TV show called "All-American Muslim." The show, which was intended as a portrait of everyd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Exhausted Target worker's Black Friday crash defies Star Tribune's bizarre "be happy you have a job" editorial

    ​An exhausted Target worker in Palm Beach, Florida, crashed her car into a canal at 7:46 a.m. after working the midnight shift on Black Friday.The accident is notable because it shows the potential danger for workers forced to work the midnight shift after Target decided to open its doors earlier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Northfield Target employee to deliver "Save Thanksgiving" petition to CEO Gregg Steinhafel

    Target: no sight for tired worker's eyes.​The rage has come home to roost. On Monday afternoon, Seth Coleman,  a seasonal Target employee in Northfield, will deliver a hard copy version of the "Save Thanksgiving" petition to the retailer's headquarters on Nicollet Mall. "My choice is stay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Target employees petition retailer to "save Thanksgiving"

    This is not the super Thanksgiving employees had in mind.​Target is facing a backlash from its own employees as the clock ticks down to the craziest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. In the escalating arms race to get as many crazed shoppers in the door as possible, Target announced it wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Target.com website crashed again yesterday

    As Bob Barker reminds us, get your dogs, cats, and websites neutuered. ​Target is ready for a recession. Hell, Target is ready for a zombie apocalypse. Just don't ask Target about being ready for the 21st century. Yesterday, Target.com crashed for the third time in the last 50 days, offering furth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Target online president leaves company after website crashes

    "Woof!" said the dog. "Find another job," said Gregg Steinhafel.​Target Corporation is hiring, but not just stockers and swipers for Black Friday: Now, they also need someone who knows how to keep Target.com from crashing.Yesterday, Target announced that online president Steve Eastman was leaving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    The largest employer in Minnesota is Minnesota

    ?We have officially entered phase three of the plan to turn America into a socialist country: Everyone in Minnesota works for Mark Dayton or Barack Obama.Well, not everyone. But the top two employers in the state of Minnesota are the state government and the federal government, in that order. In fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Target had a good month in August, stock drops anyway

    Target, now with less "Super."​Target Corporation reported a 5 percent spike in retail sales in the month of August. No matter: Target stock is dropping today.Oh, no. This is it. George Soros bought all that Target stock, and now he's deliberately tanking the company, before he drags the rest of A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Target announces profits are up, fires union organizer

    SuperTarget, super profits, not-super employee relations.​Good news for Target shareholders: Profits are up, and so's the stock price! Bad news for Target employees: The woman who tried to organize a union for Target workers in New York has been fired. Tashawna Green, the 21-year-old single mother ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Ticketmaster and Walmart join forces to make your life even more convenient

    ​Know what'd be really convenient? Like really, really convenient? If everything in our lives was completely automated and available from one giant place. Need your oil changed? Walmart! Need Fig Newtons? Walmart! Need Lady Gaga tickets? Walma-- wait, what?In a deal announced today, corporate  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel is overpaid

    Steinhafel has enough money to breed giant Target-brand dogs.​Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel makes a lot of money -- too much, says the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Steinhafel's $24 million annual salary is the highest CEO salary in the state, according to new data released by the Business ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Target now neutral on gay marriage

    Target's Steinhafel is a serious contortionist.​Target is still struggling to get the optics right on gay rights. To recap: It sponsors Twin Cities Pride in 2010, but then it backs an anti-gay marriage candidate for Minnesota governor. There's outrage, the dust settles, and now Target is back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Lady Gaga partnering with Target to release 'Born This Way'

    ​Lady Gaga has a thing for Minnesota companies. In addition to working as a creative director for the Minnetonka-based Polaroid, Gaga announced today that she's partnering with Target to release an "exclusive deluxe edition" of her new album, Born This Way, which is due out May 23.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Target kept on giving to anti-gay politicians after Emmer fiasco

    mmtzjr69out​The dust has settled in the wake of the 2010 elections, and the hot white glare on Target's controversial support for anti-gay Republican Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign has faded. But FEC records show that the Target political action committee kept up its donations to anti-ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Taylor Swift, John Legend schmooze with Target's Bullseye [PHOTOS]

    Via TwitPicTaylor Swift gives Bullseye a kiss​Taylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias Charice and other A-list artists added some star power to Target Corp's annual national company meeting yesterday at the Target Center. Backstage, Swift and Legend schmoozed with Bullseye, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Target's gay problem keeps getting worse [UPDATED]

    mmtzjr69outEven less LGBT-friendly than you thought​Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel wants us to believe that when his company threw money into Tom Emmer's campaign for governor last month, it wasn't because Emmer's a raging homophobe, but because he's a raging pro-business tax-cutter.But Steinhafel's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Randi Reitan and MoveOn deliver 260,000 petitions to Target

    For Target, saying sorry isn't enough.​Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel admitted yesterday in a letter to employees that he seriously underestimated the flak the company would get for its apparent hypocrisy in backing an anti-gay candidate for Minnesota governor. If the mea culpa was meant to calm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Target apologizes for funding Tom Emmer ad [UPDATED]

    Tom Emmer benefited from a big Target contribution​The bad press, viral videos and boycot calls appear to have grabbed Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel's attention. He has apologized to his employees for funding a TV ad that backed anti-gay Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, and has prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Top 8 Gay Target Products

    ​Target Corp. has found itself in hot water over its $150,000 donation to MN Forward, which supports anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The company's head honcho, Gregg Steinhafel, has a long history of supporting conservative causes, including Crazy Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Yet St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Target's tea bag-loving CEO lands company in hot water

    Gregg Steinhafel loves Michele Bachmann, too​GLBT groups were pissed off last week when they learned that Target Corp., which they thought of as gay-friendly, was backing anti-gay marriage Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer through $150,000 in seed money to MN Forward. But Target's pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Target teams up with Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis

    If you're in the market for a butter warmer, Target and Giada De Laurentiis want to talk.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Can Target stop the presses?

    Inquiring minds want to know how far daily newspapers will go to satisfy the demands of major advertisers.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Pawlenty's expensive dinner rakes in the cash

    About 300 people ate with Pawlenty last night -- for the bargain price of $1,000 a plate.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Target, Dairy Queen say, "What recession?"

    Minneapolis companies embark on store-opening binges

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Target hedge-fund manager apologizes

    When your hedge fund's value drops nearly 90 percent in the past year, you have some explaining to do. Added to this situation is the fact that it's specially focused on Target investment. Time for a couple apologies.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009
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    April 30, 2008

    Target's New CEO Faces Immediate Challenges

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    New boss Gregg Steinhafel gets the top job during an economic low point. From a former employee of Target under outgoing CEO Bob Ulrich, here is a list of ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    Wal-Mart Wants Your Job

    As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile

  • News

    February 11, 2004

    Up For Grabs

    Target throws money at the north side--but who gets it?

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