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Kavita Kumar

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Steve Decker, blind since birth and lead accessibility consultant at Target, uses the Aira app on his phone to navigate the downtown Minneapolis Targe

Target offers free service for visually impaired shoppers at 600 stores for holidays

The Aira service uses a phone app to connect visually impaired people with an agent who helps guide them through public spaces. It's now available for free in 600 Target stores.
Shoppers looked for deals on PS4 and Xbox at the Richfield Best Buy store just after it opened at 5 p.m. Thursday. Nov. 28.

Target, Best Buy set to paint the day black

In her first Black Friday as CEO of Best Buy, Corie Barry made a point of trying to shake every employee’s hand as a line…
Best Buy sales consultant Jon Hollywood talked with customer Josh Watson, left, who was visiting from Midland, Michigan, about television options.

Best Buy, on strong financial footing, has its holiday playbook set

Richfield-based electronics retailer raises profit outlook for year.
Amazon employee Ahmed Jama spoke at a forum held by the Awood Center at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Minneapolis workers group joins national coalition taking on Amazon

The Awood Center is one of 40-plus diverse groups forming Athena.
Target’s winning strategy includes remodeling stores and product differentiation, which involves introducing new in-house brands like sleepwear.

Target, Best Buy poised to rule retail leading into the holidays

It's a stark reversal from earlier this decade, when many questioned whether Minnesota's two big-box chains would withstand Amazon.
Shoppers outside Target in downtown Minneapolis. The retailer reported third-quarter earnings on Wednesday.

Target flying high into holiday season as stock hits record high

A leap in clothing sales and success in its delivery options helped Target post stronger Q3 results.
Target is suing one of its insurers over costs associated with 2013 data breach.

Target sues insurer for up to $74M in 2013 data breach costs

Target is suing its insurance company for denying claims to reimburse Target for tens of millions of dollars it paid out as part of settlements over the retailer's 2013 data breach.
Vintage market: Minneapolis Vintage Market is a monthly pop-up that has been having to find bigger venues as the interest in its events has grown.

Popularity of resale market in Minnesota spills over into holiday shopping

More shoppers are happy buying previously owned gifts and apparel — for the story, the price or the environment.
Best Buy has started holiday pricing.

Best Buy rolls out hundreds of Black Friday deals through Sunday

Best Buy is making hundreds of the deals from its Black Friday ad available through Sunday, including Apple doorbusters such as saving up to $300…
Shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Newport, Ky.

With later Thanksgiving, Target will hold Black Friday preview sale this Fri.-Sat.

Target is holding its Black Friday preview sale this Friday and Saturday, a week later than last year with Thanksgiving also falling later on the…
Jackie Nierenhausen and Cong Nguyen, with 2-year-old Alaina, on his shoulders, passed Best Buy at the Mall of America on May 2018 before it closed.

Best Buy has closed 18 stores, but physical locations still key to strategy

The moves are part of the Richfield-based electronic chain's annual churn as it re-evaluates its store portfolio as leases come up for renewal.
Best Buy is launching a scholarship program to extend the services offered at through its Teen Tech Centers, like this one photographed in Minneapolis

Best Buy sets up $2.5 million endowed scholarship at the U

The scholarship will fund higher education for teens who studied at its tech centers.
Eric Dayton's Askov Finlayson is set to unveil a new line of eco-conscious parkas made to sustain the Minnesota cold.

Eric Dayton bets Askov Finlayson's future on selling parkas online

Dayton hopes to parlay brand into a national player.
CEO Brian Cornell said Target will invest more than ever in employee training and hours for the holiday season.

Target to invest in extra payroll hours during the shortened holiday season

Target will spend extra $50M to boost employee hours and training this season.
Best Buy will offer one-day delivery on thousands of items. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Best Buy joins growing number of retailers offering free next-day delivery

Retailer says its offer will apply to 99% of customers making purchases online.
Best Buy employees will still wear the company's signature blue shirts but will now be able to wear jeans.

Best Buy relaxes dress code to allow store employees to wear jeans

Associates will still wear the signature blue shirts, but they won't have to tuck them in.
Dan Lundeen

Daniel Lundeen, who embodied the spirit of Santa all year long, dies at 79

He discovered his role as "Santa Dan" in his 50s, and he felt that was his life's calling.
Angie Bastian, co-founder of Angie's Boomchickapop, described her entrepreneurial journey to an audience at an event Thursday, the first day of the Tw

Founder of Angie's Boomchickapop didn't let State Fair rejection stop her

Entrepreneur Angie Bastian offered inspiration and a road map at Twin Cities Startup Week.
Mark Tritton has resigned as Target’s chief merchant to take the CEO job at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Target's chief merchant leaves to take CEO role at Bed Bath & Beyond

The Minneapolis-based retailer also named Michael Fiddelke as chief financial officer.
A boy walks around a Toys "R" Us last year in New York.

Target should profit from Toys 'R' Us relaunch through unusual partnership

The Minneapolis-based retailer will both provide stock and fulfill orders for the venture.
The University of Minnesota has a security technologies degree and recently added a cybersecurity boot camp.

Target donates $250,000 to University of Minnesota to boost cybersecurity program

The retailer's $250K gift to the U will help fund program scholarships and more.
Gary Pearcy, a 14-year veteran of Wells Fargo, is now vice president of DailyPay’s payment operations at the startup's new Twin Cities office.

Wells Fargo veteran will lead New York fintech startup's growing Minneapolis office

N.Y.-based payday-advance firm plans to hire 100 employees for its new Minneapolis office.
Best Buy CEO Corie Barry, shown in April, rolled out the retailer’s five-year plan to expand its home-tech services at an investor meeting in New Yo

Best Buy sees customers' homes as its next frontier

The Richfield-based retailer wants to grow its business helping people use and increase their technology purchases.
The lease-to-own program has brought new customers to Best Buy stores, said CEO Corie Barry. Above, shoppers waited in line to buy TVs at an early Bla

Best Buy expands lease-to-own program, joining growing number of retailers

But Minnesota law bars lease-to-own program for credit-challenged shoppers.
Ryan Broshar, left, and Natty Zola, right, partners in Matchstick Ventures.

Venture-capital firm to invest in more Minnesota startups after raising $30 million

Matchstick Ventures is looking for opportunities in underserved regions.
Target said it will hire more than 130,000 seasonal workers in stores and distribution centers to help it stay on top of what it expects to be a busie

Target to hire 130,000-plus workers for holidays to handle online orders

Last year, Target was the biggest holiday employer of any brick-and-mortar retail chain, and this year it plans to boost its holiday hiring.
Best Buy faces uncertainty in the face of the U.S. trade war with China.

Tariff concerns sink Best Buy's shares as company works to mitigate effect

Investors have been worried about how new rounds of tariffs to go into effect in upcoming months will affect Best Buy.
Target and Disney have worked for a year developing a store within a store concept that will debut in 25 Target stores in October. Credit: Provided by

Target teams up with Disney on interactive in-store shops

Retailer will add in-store shops to 25 locations, including Maple Grove.
The Nicollet Mall Target store.

Target shares soar after strong results

The surge came after Minneapolis-based Target announced a 17% gain in profit for its fiscal second quarter and a 3.4% jump in comparable sales. Executives also raised their profit outlook for the rest of the year.
Chris Walton, left, and Anne Mezzenga, co-founders and co-CEOs of Third Haus co-working lab, and Troy Stelzer, CEO of Xenia Retail, are in the new co-

New co-working space in Linden Hills focuses on retail innovation

The space started by former Target employees is meant to be a hub for experimenting with new concepts.
Target is rolling out a new internal brand called "Good & Gather" including prepared meals like Chicken Parmesan.

Target to replace Archer Farms, Simply Balanced with new flagship food brand

The retailer's drive to revamp and update its house brands has now reached the grocery section. Executives say the new Good & Gather products won't have artificial flavors and sweeteners, synthetic colors or high-fructose corn syrup.
“I’ve lived here longer than any place in my adult life. So I’m right at home now,” said Target CEO Brian Cornell.

Target CEO Brian Cornell sees turnaround as 'still in early innings'

CEO Brian Cornell, during his five years on the job, has taken a measured approach to the retailer's turnaround.
FILE- This Feb. 9, 2018 photo shows Levi’s jeans hanging on a wall at Levi’s innovation lab in San Francisco. Well-known jeans company Levi Straus

Target to sell Levi's as jeans maker looks to replace sagging sales at Sears

The 'Red Tab' label will appear in 50 stores later this month.
Jennifer Simons made a pitch for Dressmate during a Demo Day event. Target’s newest business incubator focuses on Gen Z entrepreneurs with a social

Target's newest incubator program focuses on Generation Z entrepreneurs

They're young and smart, and Target is tapping their energy and ideas in a new business accelerator.
Target is celebrating 20 years of design partnerships by reissuing items from select collections. The Lilly Pulitzer limited partnership was one of Ta

Target celebrating 20 years of design collaborations by reissuing some favorites

Iconic pieces to be reissued to celebrate 20 years of collaborations with big names.
Matt Bilunas, new chief financial officer at Best Buy

Richfield's Best Buy names Matt Bilunas its next CFO

The 13-year veteran replaces Corie Barry, who was promoted to chief executive last month.
Packages passed down a conveyor belt before receiving a shipping label at Amazon in Shakopee.

Some workers strike in Shakopee in rare work stoppage for Amazon

Organizers say pace at Shakopee plant is too fast and employees are getting hurt

Brooklyn Park marketing firm files antitrust suit against Murdoch's News Corp.

This is Insignia's second lawsuit against a News Corp. subsidiary; the media giant settled the first in 2011.
Dick Bancroft

Photographer and chronicler of indigenous plight, Richard Bancroft dies at 90

Richard “Dick” Bancroft combined his lifelong hobby of taking pictures with his passion for social justice to become the unofficial photographer of the American Indian…
Shari Ballard

Executive Shari Ballard is leaving Best Buy

The senior executive vice president said the timing is right while the company is doing well.
Best Buy is paring the CDs available at its stores, and removing them altogether from its website.

CDs become bargain bin fodder as sales dwindle, but vinyl on the rise

CDs are on their way out at the nation's largest retailers. But some audiophiles and enthusiasts hang on to them. And they're about half of the revenue at stores like Electric Fetus in Minneapolis.
Target is expanding a program that allows college students to order items online and then to pick them up days or weeks later at a store near their ca

Target rolls out college order pickup program

As students head back to school, Target wants to supply more of their dorm decor and supplies.
Carlos Moncayo Castillo, CEO of Inspectorio, spoke during the demonstration day two years ago for Target's Techstars accelerator program. ] CARLOS GON

Minneapolis startup Inspectorio raises $10 million with help from Target, Ecolab

It will use the money to further expand its efforts to modernize and improve how retailers monitor their supply chains.
Gravy livestreams once a night for 15 minutes and deliberately doesn’t tell shoppers how many products are available as the price changes on the scr

Minneapolis startup Gravy brings game show shopping to your phone

New app Gravy, launched by veteran local entrepreneurs, wins over millennials with energy, suspense, competition.
The Warby Parker mini-shop takes up roughly 250 square feet of Askov’s 1,800-square-foot store.

Hip eyeglass purveyor Warby Parker moving into its own space in North Loop

The eyeglass maker's success has it heading for its own location.
Top, teacher-training students participated in a Yin Yoga elective tech session in the temporary space of the Yoga Retreat Center. Above, Jennifer Gra

Yoga Center of Mpls. teachers forming new venture

Founder, partners build The Yoga Center Retreat to house classes and revive a teacher-training program.
Caroline Wanga, Target's chief diversity and inclusion officer held a question and answer session with guest speak Earvin "Magic" Johnson at the annua

Target chief diversity officer not afraid to stand out, push tough conversations

Caroline Wanga, the company's chief diversity officer, said her message is clear: Be yourself.
CEOs Hubert Joly, right, and Jeff Bezos made a deal for Best Buy to be the exclusive seller of TVs with and Amazon’s Fire TV embedded in them.

Minnesota retail, service sector gearing up for strong year

Buoyed by a stronger economy, many of Minnesota's largest retailers had a better-than-expected 2017 and are gearing up for another strong year of sales.

Christopher & Banks falls below New York Stock Exchange listing requirements

Company said it will submit a plan on how it will regain compliance.
Made by Design towels have hanging loops.

Target launches home goods brand that's focused on function

750 items in Made by Design line patterned to be functional, clean.
Rachael Christy, a Target beauty team member, left, gave makeup samples to customers Sheneall Carter, center, and Jasmine Riley, at its downtown Minne

Target makes play for bigger piece of beauty marketplace

Retailer focuses on niches overlooked by bigger brands.
Packages passed down a conveyor bound for delivery trucks at Amazon's fulfillment center in Shakopee.

Amazon has rapidly built up an infrastructure around Twin Cities — and around the U.S.

While the Twin Cities was not a finalist for Amazon's second headquarters, the region has still become a magnet for the company, which now employs more than 2,300 people in Minnesota.
Jackie Nierenhausen and Cong Nguyen (holding his daughter Alaina Nguyen, 2, on his shoulders) walked past Best Buy at the Mall of America on Friday. B

Best Buy to close Mall of America store in August

The electronics retailer, which has been at the giant mall since 2008, will close
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly

Best Buy starts a streak, as same-store sales soar 7.1 percent

The retailer's sales soared, but skittish investors held back as share price tumbled.
Ridgedale Target store manager Chrissi McShane gave directions to Kathy Ayers, who was looking for an Amazon Echo device.

Target sees strong sales, but profit falls short of expectations in Q1

Changes the retailer has made have attracted customers, taken toll on profit.
Best Buy’s Total Tech Support costs $200 a year and offers unlimited phone and online support and discounted in-home visits.

Best Buy expands Geek Squad's role with nationwide 'Total Tech Support'

Best Buy is launching a subscription service that applies to all devices.
mug

Ronald Libertus, advocate and expert in American Indian art, dies at 79

While it can often be difficult to sum up a person’s life and work in a few phrases, it is especially so for Ronald L.…
Target is expanding its Restock delivery program and cutting fees. The moves come after Amazon switched up pricing for a similar program.

Target lowers fee for Restock next-day delivery program

It's also is expanding the service nationwide.
Burberry scarf.

Burberry sues Target for trademark infringement over use of its check pattern

In the federal lawsuit, Burberry says the Minneapolis-based retailer used its plaid style in scarves.
The company’s new logo.

Best Buy gets new logo and marketing campaign focused on blue-shirt experts

Marketing focuses on blue-shirt experts instead of price guarantees.
Joel Theisen, CEO of senior care services provider Lifesprk, said he took the “a” out of the company name as a symbol of removing “age” as the

Lifesprk forms joint venture to expand into Utah

The long-term care company's goal is to help seniors live healthier lives by providing life coaching or home care.
Target CEO Brian Cornell in the downtown Minneapolis store.

Target CEO Brian Cornell made $19.2 million in last fiscal year

Target had low expectations going into last year but ended up performing better than expected as overall consumer spending improved.
Ari Silkey, general manager of Amazon's Minneapolis office, spoke at the Amazon North Loop tech office Wednesday.

Amazon expands its footprint in Minneapolis

It already employs about 150 people who work in the North Loop on transportation technology, delivery services and Amazon web services.
In recognition of Best Buy’s performance that outperformed some of its peers, the board gave chairman and CEO Hubert Joly an 8.5 percent boost in hi

CEO Pay Watch: Best Buy's Hubert Joly made $22.5 million in last fiscal year

In recognition of Best Buy's performance that outperformed some of its peers, the board gave Joly an 8.5 percent boost in his base salary.
Amazon will expand its footprint in the T3 building in Minneapolis’ North Loop, where it was the first major tenant last year.

Amazon to hire additional 200 people for Mpls. tech office

Amazon's growing foothold in the Twin Cities has raised eyebrows as it's moved into the home turf of two major retail rivals, Target Corp. and Best Buy Co., creating more competition to recruit and retain tech workers.
FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2017, file photo, people walk past an Amazon Go store. Amazon Go shops use a tracking system that of sensors, algor

From self-checkout to cashier-less stores, retailers look to automate stores

Most analysts agree that physical shopping, like manufacturing before it, is heading toward more automation. You can see the transition already with more self-checkout lanes and newer scan-and-go options.
Evine Live, the Eden Prairie-based home shopping network, did a segment on Swagway, or self-balancing scooters, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, in Eden

Evine Live's shares jump after report Amazon may want to buy it

Analysts say Evine's boomer audience makes it attractive to Amazon and others.
A promotional photo showed the tall boots Target and Hunter intended to sell in their collaboration. The firms said Friday the boots did not meet thei

Tall rain boots in Hunter for Target collection won't be sold due to production issues

Footwear was expected to lead Hunter collection.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly and Amazon's Jeff Bezos came together Tuesday to discuss the deal.

Amazon's Bezos calls Best Buy turnaround 'remarkable' as he unveils TV partnership

Deal is the latest project in decade-old collaboration between rival retailers.
The Herberger's in Roseville held a grand reopening in September after a big remodel. It is now slated to close.

Earlier: Herberger's might close 3 stores in Twin Cities

Parent company Bon-Ton also could close the Younkers store in Duluth.
Melissa Butler, founder of The Lip Bar, one of eight companies added to Target's cosmetics aisles.

Target expands beauty offerings with makeup for women of color

Eight new cosmetics brands soon to be in the beauty aisles of Minneapolis-based Target. For most of these brands, which started out online, this will be the first time they will be sold in stores.
Twin Cities-based Local Crate looks to expand meal-kit business with seed funding

Twin Cities-based Local Crate looks to expand meal-kit business with seed funding

Company received a round of $1.4 million and has plans to expand to Wisconsin and Iowa in coming weeks.
Brad Anderson, former CEO of Best Buy, contributed money to a group that ran ads vilifying Muslims.

Ex-Best Buy CEO donated to group that ran anti-Muslim ads

Brad Anderson says he didn't know Secure America Now was involved in the ads. His $25,000 donation was meant as support for Israel, he says.
Best Buy headquarters in Richfield

Best Buy to open first new U.S. store in seven years

The 36,000-square foot store will open in a suburb north of Salt Lake City.
Target pays $3.7M to settle suit over racial disparity in use of criminal record checks

Target pays $3.7M to settle suit over racial disparity in use of criminal record checks

The complaint, which includes grievances from more than a decade ago, allows for job applicants to reapply for Target positions or seek a financial award.