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Jackie Crosby

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Phone: 612-673-7335
Location: Minneapolis
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Jackie Crosby is a general assignment business reporter who also writes about workplace issues and aging. She has also covered health care, city government and sports. 

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., she has somehow figured out how to survive the Minnesota winters.
Recent content from Jackie Crosby
While Crocs are enjoying a slight comeback with U.S. teenagers, Nike reigns supreme as fashion becomes ever more casual overall.

Teens sense a slowing economy, pull back spending

Survey by Minneapolis-based Piper Jaffray takes the pulse of shifting moods of U.S. youths.
Henry Johnson

Henry Johnson, father figure to many in north Minneapolis, dies at 99

Though he never made it past seventh grade, Johnson proved himself to be an industrious worker and a man of great wisdom.
Best Buy is offering a price guarantee during its Magnolia brand promotion. It will refund the difference if Black Friday prices are less.

It has begun: Best Buy launches a Black Friday promotion

For the first time the retailer offers a price match guarantee to members of its loyalty program
Amber Leong, CEO and co-founder of Circadian Optics, makes her on an episode of the TV show "Sharktank" that aired Oct. 6.

Minneapolis entrepreneur's light therapy lamp lands $750K on 'Shark Tank'

Malaysian immigrant Amber Leong receives investment after appearing on the TV show, with Lori Greiner and Mark Cuban taking a stake in the company.
Ben Alberts and Bill Crubaugh, owners of Piff, a high-end streetwear consignment store in Minneapolis.

Piff, a favorite of Viking Stefon Diggs, draws fresh infusion of capital

Minneapolis urban streetwear boutique Piff rides wave of 'hype fashion.'
Walmart is changing its tactics in fighting assessments in Minnesota.

Walmart taking its fight against Minnesota assessments beyond tax court

Retail giant arguing Minnesota property assessors have violated its 14th Amendment right to equal protection.
Global-business consultant McKinsey & Co. is opening a store at the Mall of America to test new retail technologies.

Why would a business consulting firm open a store at MOA selling lingerie?

Modern Retail Collective, which opens Friday, will be as much of a living laboratory as a high-tech shopping experience.
The Minnesota Talent and Recruiting Network (MNTRN) held a “Lunch and Learn” event, examining the impact of aging workforce trends on the state’

Persistent age discrimination could stymie economic growth in Minnesota

The gap in Minnesota's workforce needs could be met by hanging on to older workers, respecting their experience.
Workers laid off from the Pipestone location will be able to apply for jobs at J&B Group's St. Michael operations, shown here in a file photo.

J&B meat plant in Pipestone to close, taking 145 jobs with it

J&B Group will consolidate in St. Michael; city leaders hope to woo new employer.
Southdale Center in Edina continues to reshape itself as online shopping and other habits are bringing fewer shoppers to malls.

Southdale Center in Edina continues transformation from retail hub to lifestyle destination

New RH concept store the latest piece of owner Simon Property Group's strategy.
Kohl’s started a streamlined version of its rewards program in eight markets more than a year ago, and has added five more while still considering i

Target, other top retailers push hard to enhance customer rewards programs

Retailers try to distinguish themselves in giving steady customers incentives to come back
Target has told suppliers to pick up the cost of China tariffs.

Target tells suppliers to pick up cost of China trade tariffs

The pointed memo to hundreds of national-brand vendors highlights the ripple effect of the Trump administration's ongoing trade war with China.
Glen Taylor has retaken the helm of Taylor Corp., the Mankato-based communications services company.

Glen Taylor is back as CEO of Taylor Corp. after niece steps aside

Niece Deb Taylor had served as CEO since 2015.
Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands, formerly Evine and the parent company of ShopHQ. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune)

Losses continue at Eden Prairie's ShopHQ, but at a slower pace

Company expects sales to slide this year as it adjusts product mix and improves operations.
Philip Xiao, left, led a panel about the Generation Z workforce at a gathering of Twin Cities business leaders assembled by Greater MSP. Sharing the s

What does Generation Z want out of Minnesota workplaces?

Companies need to adjust their approach to attract the newest crop of workers.
Tim Peterman, CEO of Evine Live, said the Evine name never resonated with customers. As of Wednesday, the home shopping network will be called Shop HQ

Starting today, Eden Prairie home shopping network will be ShopHQ again

Evine is rebranding to the name it stopped using in 2015 as part of a broader effort to try to reignite sales.
Mynul Khan, founder of Field Nation: “It’s no longer about being a matchmaker. Now we’re making the entire engagement simpler.”

Gig economy is here to stay, Field Nation's Mynul Khan says

The company finds contract jobs for IT workers — and the firm has only grown.
Marsheela Outlaw, left, talked to Tom Reese about the networking she’s been doing during a meeting at the CareerForce office in Bloomington.

U research digs into why people with generous unemployment benefits take longer to find work

Time pressure forces people to find work more quickly, but with more strain.
Tim Krieger, a former star wrestler, is being accused of a multimillion fraud -- a charge he denies.

Former energy trader, star wrestler accused of multimillion-dollar fraud

Timothy Krieger countered that everything "was blessed" by the SEC and tax accountants.

One man dead after a night of three shootings in Minneapolis

The latest homicide capped a violent week in the city.

Suspect arrested in shooting in Virginia, Minn.

Police in Eveleth, Minn., have arrested a 30-year-old.
Amazon Robotic drives fit under pods filled with various items and move them around the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee.

Robots helping Amazon improve its game in Shakopee

Amazon fulfillment centers in Shakopee and across the country use advanced technologies to assist human workers.
Tim Peterman, the new CEO of Evine Live, which is changing its corporate name to iMedia Brands and returning to the ShopHQ name on TV.

It's official: ShopHQ is in, Evine is out as retailer rebrands again

The Eden Prairie TV shopping network will resurrect its former name.
Back to school already: Target exec Jill Sando showed the retailer’s More than Magic line, its first full brand aimed at “tween” girls.

Target launches 'tween' brand in time for back-to-school rush

School season ranks second to holidays for retail spending; families are expected to spend $519 per child.
Evine has backed out of a deal with Jane Fonda, shown here promoting her film "Five Acts," to produce an athleisure line.

Eden Prairie-based Evine ditches deal with Jane Fonda

Fonda was supposed to launch an athleisure line last week on the home shopping network, but it is refining its focus.
Jody Winter, 33, in her co-working space for wedding vendors called Cornerstone Studios. Niche spaces such as Cornerstone are becoming popular.

One-stop shop for wedding services in northeast Minneapolis

Cornerstone Studios co-working space in northeast Minneapolis is a one-stop shop for wedding services.
The new Lili Salon Spa and Tonic Barbers will be in Galleria's east end near Cov and Starbucks.

New men's spa and expanded Lili's on tap for Edina's Galleria

The mall said it is the first of several new tenants that will fill vacancies.
A machine at a Best Buy warehouse in California constructed boxes to the exact size of the item, eliminating waste and the need for plastic bubble wra

Best Buy embarks on packaging diet to deal with glut of cardboard boxes

A special machine used at several facilities makes custom, ready-to-ship boxes for smaller items that saves room and is better for the environment.
3M announced at Circularity that it would only use recycled plastic fibers to make Scotch-Brite sponges.

Companies from 3M to Google in Minneapolis to talk green business practices

The Circularity 19 conference focused on sustainability plans and how to implement them.
Best Buy has begun selling connected fitness equipment, including Hydrow machines.

Best Buy digs into the high-tech fitness business

Richfield-based retailer will roll out an expanded collection of products to 100 stores this year.
A shopper left the Nicollet Mall Target in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, a day when many reported long waits to check out. The retailer also repor

Target took hit with IT glitches; the only question is: how big?

After a weekend of problems at its cash registers, Target said Monday it was experiencing no new issues, and that it was working to resolve the problem.
At the downtown Minneapolis Target store, lines slowly inched forward Saturday after the retailer reported problems with its cash registers.

Target checkout systems back up after hourslong outage Saturday

Long lines formed as Saturday shopping outings slowed to a snail's pace. Even after the retailer said the problem was fixed, shoppers reported delays.
Customers can now order items from Target's Shipt delivery service directly through

Target ups ante in online delivery wars, integrates Shipt shopping

Shoppers can now use the website to place orders.
Coborn's was fined after a pharmacist stole opioids.

Coborn's fined $225,000 after pharmacist caught stealing opioids

St. Cloud grocery chain admits no wrongdoing in settling with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Hubert Joly's last task as Best Buy CEO was to speak at the company's webcast annual meeting. Corie Barry then takes the company's helm.

Corie Barry succeeds Hubert Joly as CEO at Best Buy

She becomes the fifth CEO in Best Buy history, and one of three women to lead a Minnesota Fortune 500 company.
Target is adding more benefits for workers in both its stores and corporate offices. File photo of a Target employee at the company's store in Dinkyto

Target boosts worker benefits, including paid family leave

The move comes as U.S. retailers seek to attract employees in a difficult market for hiring.
Joe Gaugler, professor and Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.
“My strate

Effort reignited to launch Center on Aging at University of Minnesota

When the University of Minnesota’s world-renowned aging expert Robert Kane died unexpectedly in March 2017, he was heavily involved in state and federal projects to…
Ballard Spahr managing partner Karla Vehrs with Naphtalie Librun-Ukiri, a first-year law student and recipient of a joint fellowship between the Minne

When it comes to diversity, planting a seed can make a difference

A fellowship by the Ballard Spahr law firm and Piper Jaffray aims to attract more women and minorities to the legal ranks
Minnesota-based retailers who have focused on experience, loyalty and seamless online shopping have seen boosts in sales and profits.

Figuring out the game is the main battle for Minnesota's top retailers

Convenience may be winning out over price in the retail world. Consumers want to walk the aisles and fill their own carts. But they also…
Evine Live named Tim Peterman as its new chief executive in May 2019. He previously worked as the cable shopping network's chief operating officer and

Eden Prairie-based Evine Live returns to ShopHQ name, slashes exec jobs

A $21M loss in the first quarter has the company changing its name and cutting positions.
Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior off Scenic Hwy. 61 south of Two Harbors, above, is one of the properties changing hands. Other properties include E

Six North Shore resorts change hands in deal worth millions

Six resorts are changing hands in a megadeal that includes some of Minnesota's most popular vacation spots.
Robots at the Best Buy e-commerce facility in Compton, Calif., increase the speed and efficiency of getting Best Buy products out to customers by the

How Best Buy is meeting the need for speed

With a new e-commerce center, along with its stores and traditional distribution centers, Best Buy says it can now provide next-day delivery to most of its customers.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly. The company beat investors' expectations with gains in sales and profits this spring.

Tariffs loom over Best Buy, but have yet to take much of a bite

Sales of high-margin appliances along with wearables and tablets helped buoy sales during the first quarter.

Key takeaways from Best Buy's we-can-handle-tariffs results

The company and consumers handled tariffs so far, but another test lies ahead.
Target moved ahead of other retailers with its speedy pickup and delivery operations.

Key takeaways from Target's surprisingly strong spring

Digital growth skyrockets: Sales from and mobile apps grew 42% during the first quarter compared to last year. Shoppers say “I want…
Tara Corrigan brought an order from the Apple Valley Target store to the drive-up outside the store in March.

Target's digital growth soars, smashes profit expectations

Gains in online, mobile came from shoppers using pickup or delivery services.
Despite stocking up, Target sold out of its collection of items from preppy fashion brand Vineyard Vines this past weekend.

Target's summer kickoff with Vineyard Vines was also a hit

Target exec calls its latest fashion partnership 'one of the most successful in history.'
Toni Watson took calls at the Carlsbad, Calif., service center. GreatCall also has a center in Reno, Nev.

Best Buy extends reach into booming health care market with GreatCall

Purchase of GreatCall expands retailer's connection to seniors
Kevin Krier

Fashion-show producer Kevin Krier dies at 64

Kevin Krier's first love was stage acting, which became the perfect bedrock for a career producing fashion shows and galas for some of the world's…
Target rebrands digital-advertising business as Roundel

Target rebrands digital-advertising business as Roundel

Now called Roundel, the goal is to become a more-aggressive player.
Evine Live received a $6 million investment from one of its major advertisers.

Evine Live gets $6M investment from Invicta watches, names new CEO

The stock deal grants vendor two new seats on the board, with new CEO Tim Peterman.
Target Corp. launched a line of earth-friendly products on April 22, 2019 called Everspring. It is one of the Minneapolis-based retailer’s first maj

Target launches its own line of earth-friendly products

Everspring cleaning supplies and paper products hit shelves on Monday.
A display window at Christopher & Banks at Mall of America from 2015.

Christopher & Banks delisted from New York Stock Exchange

The specialty women's retail chain failed to meet minimum market cap of $15 million.
Maren Levad led a memory walk at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul to help those with dementia recall the past.

Minnesota Historical Society helps those with memory loss make meaningful connections

Everyday objects used to build connection for dementia patients.
CVS Health is expanding same-day prescription deliveries nationwide.

CVS to offer same-day prescription delivery via Target-owned Shipt

The service will be available at 6,000 stores.
FILE - In this July 27, 2018 file photo, the logo for Amazon is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York.

Piper Jaffray survey of teen shopping choices finds Amazon rules

Survey about shopping preferences for first time asks Gen Z about gender identification, interest in social issues.
Capacity at RPM’s distribution center in Savage has maxed out since it started supplying Drymate Mats to Walmart.

Savage, Minn., business knows value of Walmart's Open Call event

Local makers of Drymate Mats now sell seven products to Walmart.
Alissa Jones brought out an order for a customer at the order pickup desk at the downtown Minneapolis Target store in February.

Target bumps minimum hourly wage to $13

The Minneapolis retailer has pledged to pay all workers at least $15 an hour by the end of 2020.
Best Buy headquarters in Richfield

Best Buy suspends ties to, halting a new emergency child care benefit for employees

Retailer took steps after a newspaper report faulted the online platform for failing to fully vet day care providers.
Evine Live, the Eden Prairie-based cable TV and online retailer, said Wednesday it has a new product up for sale -- itself.

Eden Prairie-based shopping network Evine Live has something new for sale: Itself

Home shopping network tumbled deep into the red during the holiday period.
Maurices has been sold to private equity firm OpCapita.

Duluth-based retailer Maurices sold to private-equity firm in $300M deal

Equity firm will pay $300M for majority stake in Duluth-based retailer.
Out of about 300 Target stores around the country slated for an end-to-end makeover in the year ahead, 14 of them are in Minnesota.

Target will do end-to-end makeovers of 14 Minnesota stores in 2019

Remodels spiff up aisles and backroom operations to meet modern shopping trends.
Anne Berg gave Penn Cycle owner Pat Sorensen a hug on Monday. Berg's dad bought her first bicycle, a green Schwinn English racer, at the shop and the

Penn Cycle sells to Freewheel Bike after 61 years in business

Family-owned operation launched in 1957, had recently been under financial strain.
The Red Wing Shoe Company opened its first store in New York City in late February 2019. Located at 11 Penn Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, the new, urban

Red Wing boots march into midtown Manhattan with new store

As interest in heritage brands grows among urban fashionistas, the 110-year-old Minnesota brand makes its first inroads into the big city.
The expansive gardens created by Diane and John Harvey include a 3,000-gallon koi pond.

East Bethel couple created a luscious landscape where they 'vacation' at home

Over the years, the ambitious couple turned their property on Coon Lake into a verdant playground.
Jackie Hunt, on the board of managers for Allianz SE, is based in the company’s Munich headquarters and is responsible for operations at Minneapolis

Allianz executive Jackie Hunt says diversity is key to smart organization

As one of two women on the board of management of Germany-based Allianz SE, she calls increasing diversity her "personal crusade."
Shannon Visser of north Minneapolis and Lori Holland of Eagan shopped Monday, March 11 at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Recession mindset remains despite high consumer confidence

Wages are ticking up. The labor market is robust. But consumers are giving the kind of mixed messages that drive economists and retail executives batty. Will they or won't they spend in 2019?
Sears thought about buying Best Buy in the late 1990s, according to its former CEO.

Former Sears CEO says he tried to forge a deal with Best Buy in 1998

In an interview, ex-CEO of the embattled chain reveals strategy to confront the competition.
Christopher & Banks said same store sales were flat during the fourth quarter, which is an improvement. Pictured is the store at Mall of America.

Shoppers respond to updated offerings at Plymouth-based Christopher & Banks

Store traffic hurt by bad weather, but investments in e-commerce will pay off in year ahead, execs say.
Eric Dayton of Askov Finlayson.

Minneapolis entrepreneur Eric Dayton shares World Economic Forum honor

He's among 126 people from across the globe selected for a five-year program aimed at helping recipients gain knowledge and contacts to expand their ideas and make a difference in their communities.
Alissa Jones Brough out an order for a customer at the order pickup desk at the downtown Minneapolis Target store in February.

Costco joins Amazon with $15 minimum wage, putting pressure on Target, Best Buy

Target Corp. has promised to hit that level for all workers by the end of 2020.
Tristan Conway brought an order from the Apple Valley Target store to the new drive up outside the store.

Target's new strategy pays off in largest sales bump since 2005

The Minneapolis-based retailer gains market share in every major category and now offers at least seven ways to shop.
Target CEO Brian Cornell at the Hearth & Hand section of the downtown Minneapolis store.

Target CEO: $7 billion investment in stores and technology is paying off

Two years in, Target's huge gamble to invest $7B in stores and technology is paying off. The question now is, can the momentum continue?
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly

Best Buy rings in a strong holiday, shares soar

The nation's largest consumer electronics saw sales rise 3 percent, beating Wall Street estimates.
Bruce Sorrells worked with troubled youth. He died Jan 11, 2019.

Bruce Sorrells, a friend to children who needed one, died of cancer at age 60

Bruce Sorrells seemed to know just the right approach to helping a kid get through a rough patch.He grew up fatherless, which explained part of…