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Kavita Kumar

Reporter | Retail merchandise
Kavita Kumar covers Target, Best Buy, other retailers and shopping trends.
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Target to end long-running IndyCar sponsorship as it changes sports marketing approach

Target to end long-running IndyCar sponsorship as it changes sports marketing approach

For 27 years, Target's bull's-eye has been a triumphant fixture on the IndyCar scene, connected to more than 101 victories including four Indianapolis 500 wins.
New app tool helps shoppers at Ridgedale Center find the best parking spot

New app tool helps shoppers at Ridgedale Center find the best parking spot

Ridgedale Center is part of a pilot program using technology that shows how busy lots are.
Target aims for stars with new kids apparel brand Cat & Jack

Target aims for stars with new kids apparel brand Cat & Jack

The retailer is aiming for the stars with the launch of Cat & Jack children's apparel

Best Buy reminds customers to recycle online shipping boxes

Retailer joins national campaign run by Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council.
Target closes several portrait studios around the U.S.

Target closes several portrait studios around the U.S.

The retailer said the space was needed for other functions.
Obituary: Football coach Donald 'Bill' McMoore was trailblazer at U, throughout career

Obituary: Football coach Donald 'Bill' McMoore was trailblazer at U, throughout career

As a young man, Donald “Bill” McMoore helped break down barriers as at times the only black member of the University of Minnesota’s football team.…
Best Buy tests in-home service to help customers figure out their tech needs

Best Buy tests in-home service to help customers figure out their tech needs

Under a pilot program, tech advisers come to customers' houses and consult on issues from internet speed to smart home products.
Pride merchandise is growing business for stores big and small

Pride merchandise is growing business for stores big and small

Rainbow-themed displays are popping up in big box and mom-and-pop stores alike.
A lesser-known Versace is opening a store at Mall of America

A lesser-known Versace is opening a store at Mall of America

The store will be the third in the U.S. from the Italian firm started by Alessandro Versace
Techstars choose firms for bootcamp at Target this summer

Techstars choose firms for bootcamp at Target this summer

Ten will send employees to be in Techstars' retail "accelerator" program.
Janitors' protest turns into celebration outside Best Buy shareholders meeting

Janitors' protest turns into celebration outside Best Buy shareholders meeting

Janitors and backers celebrated as the retailer agreed to use a "responsible" contractor.
Mall of America goes out of its way to hire, keep workers

Mall of America goes out of its way to hire, keep workers

The latest step: bringing in a nonprofit agency to assist workers struggling at the margins, including those who are homeless or nearly so.
Amazon opens tech office in downtown Minneapolis

Amazon opens tech office in downtown Minneapolis

The Seattle-based online giant said it will open a new technology development center in downtown Minneapolis and will hire about 100 software engineers and managers to fill it.
Christopher & Banks narrows loss in first quarter

Christopher & Banks narrows loss in first quarter

Comparable sales rose 6 percent from a rough period a year ago.
It's showtime for Shake Shack at Mall of America

It's showtime for Shake Shack at Mall of America

More than 80 people were waiting in line at 11 a.m. when it opened.
Target simplifies, enhances its website

Target simplifies, enhances its website

It shifts from different sites for different devices to one for all.
Target tests new displays, service out of department store playbook

Target tests new displays, service out of department store playbook

With upscale displays and added service, retailer honors its department store roots.
Evine Live shows some progress but still reports a loss

Evine Live shows some progress but still reports a loss

The shopping network's first-quarter sales beat analysts' forecasts and margins improved.
Best Buy shares tumble as CFO exits, execs warn of slow summer

Best Buy shares tumble as CFO exits, execs warn of slow summer

The electronics retailer also lowered its profit expectations for the summer.
Traditional retailers like Target, Best Buy continue to fight for busy consumers' attention

Traditional retailers like Target, Best Buy continue to fight for busy consumers' attention

Minnesota’s largest retail companies have faced a challenging market as they continued to fight for the attention of an often-distracted consumer. “It’s been a tough…
Target CEO foresees rebound following a tough quarter

Target CEO foresees rebound following a tough quarter

Retailer lowers near-term outlook after tough quarter, but CEO foresees rebound
Target names Nordstrom executive Mark Tritton as chief merchandising officer

Target names Nordstrom executive Mark Tritton as chief merchandising officer

Hiring of Mark Tritton ends a search that took almost a year.
CEO says Target stands by transgender policy just as it did for blacks in '60s

CEO says Target stands by transgender policy just as it did for blacks in '60s

CEO offered an olive branch to those who have been upset by the policy and said the company will add family restrooms to all of its stores.
Kathee Tesija, former top Target executive, finds second act

Kathee Tesija, former top Target executive, finds second act

  After 30 years in a fast-paced, high-pressure career at Target Corp., Kathee Tesija last summer stepped down as chief merchandiser, the company’s No. 2…
Majority of Best Buy's top execs are women

Majority of Best Buy's top execs are women

A new services chief tipped the gender balance at the top of the electronics retailer.
Target faces backlash, praise for position on transgender issue

Target faces backlash, praise for position on transgender issue

The Minneapolis-based retailer was the first major one to take such a prominent stance on the legislation over gender identification and bathroom use.
Who is HNA Group, the buyer of Carlson's hotel business?

Who is HNA Group, the buyer of Carlson's hotel business?

HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate that spans several industries including aviation and retail, has been on an acquisition spree. Its latest deal for the hotel…
Target tests food transparency ideas at Edina store

Target tests food transparency ideas at Edina store

An experiment this weekend will give extra details about food, which could lead to labeling changes.
Target says transgender people can use bathroom that aligns with identity

Target says transgender people can use bathroom that aligns with identity

The retailer's statement comes amid debates in legislatures in Minnesota and elsewhere.

Christopher & Banks finds replacement for final board member

Shareholders will vote on veteran of Abercrombie, Pacific Sunwear in June.
It's official: Zara is opening two-story store at Mall of America

It's official: Zara is opening two-story store at Mall of America

The fast-fashion retailer will be a two-story destination at the mall.
Will Target's Marimekko reach Lilly Pulitzer proportions this weekend?

Will Target's Marimekko reach Lilly Pulitzer proportions this weekend?

Target Corp.'s limited-time collaboration with Finnish design house Marimekko hits stores and its website in the wee morning hours on Sunday. The question is whether…
Anthropologie coming to Mall of America, expected by the holidays

Anthropologie coming to Mall of America, expected by the holidays

  The Mall of America is finally getting an Anthropologie. The boho-chic retailer that sells apparel, accessories and home decor has long been noticeably absent…
Geek Squad trading its VW Beetles for some new wheels

Geek Squad trading its VW Beetles for some new wheels

The Geekmobile is going back to the future. For its 22-year history, the Geek Squad has tapped a retro-chic image, most notably with the Volkswagen…
Best Buy's Geek Squad to swap Beetles for Priuses

Best Buy's Geek Squad to swap Beetles for Priuses

Best Buy's Geek unit is trading in its Beetle for a Prius as part of a broader campaign
Best Buy steps up its game in New York by retooling stores

Best Buy steps up its game in New York by retooling stores

In one of the world's most competitive marketplaces, Best Buy wants to make sure it is putting its best foot forward.
Best Buy rolls out same-day delivery in 13 markets

Best Buy rolls out same-day delivery in 13 markets

The electronics retailer expands a partnership with California's Deliv.
Latest nominee to Christopher & Banks' board withdraws his candidacy

Latest nominee to Christopher & Banks' board withdraws his candidacy

Just hours after being named, the candidate withdrew over an unspecified conflict.
Instacart says it is doing better than expected in Twin Cities

Instacart says it is doing better than expected in Twin Cities

Officials at online delivery service rebut skeptics.
A year after Target's layoffs, workers are finding their way

A year after Target's layoffs, workers are finding their way

Nearly all have found jobs, a testament to the respect other employers have for Target, the robust job market in the Twin Cities, and the ability of white-collar workers to reinvent themselves.
Obituary: Joseph Shuster, chemical engineer, businessman, advocated for clean energy

Obituary: Joseph Shuster, chemical engineer, businessman, advocated for clean energy

Shuster, a chemical engineer and entrepreneur who helped start about 10 Minnesota companies, including Minnesota Valley Engineering (now part of Chart Industries), died on March 6 after battling lymphoma. He was 83.
Former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson retires from company's board

Former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson retires from company's board

Brad Anderson presided over a period of rapid growth.
Christopher & Banks shakes up board with prodding of activist shareholder

Christopher & Banks shakes up board with prodding of activist shareholder

Wall Street applauds the move, sending stock up 41 percent.
Target looking to hire 20 people for mysterious start-up called Goldfish

Target looking to hire 20 people for mysterious start-up called Goldfish

The project will operate out of the retailer's Sunnyvale, Calif., office.
Target reaches deal with Canadian landlords as it winds down there

Target reaches deal with Canadian landlords as it winds down there

The retailer gave a little more after a judge struck down its previous offer.
Target executives focus on better groceries and new stores near colleges

Target executives focus on better groceries and new stores near colleges

Target executives look to fresh groceries, stores near campuses during 2016.
Target's next design partner is bold print power Marimekko

Target's next design partner is bold print power Marimekko

With Finnish designer as a partner, Target to unveil Marimekko collection.
Target hires Amazon exec to enhance supply chain

Target hires Amazon exec to enhance supply chain

  Target Corp. has hired a seasoned veteran from archrival Amazon as it doubles down on upgrading its supply chain. Arthur Valdez will relocate to…
Best Buy sees tough road ahead amid smartphone sales plateau

Best Buy sees tough road ahead amid smartphone sales plateau

The retailer outperformed other electronics sellers and executives see new ways to hold costs
Best Buy lays off a few dozen corporate employees

Best Buy lays off a few dozen corporate employees

The cuts of a few dozen follow a difficult holiday season, but retailer notes it is hiring in other areas.
Target execs upbeat for 2016 after solid holiday performance

Target execs upbeat for 2016 after solid holiday performance

Profit just missed analysts' forecasts but executives gave a positive outlook for 2016.
Target stops selling hoverboards because of their fire hazard

Target stops selling hoverboards because of their fire hazard

Target, Wal-Mart stop online sales due to more safety concerns.
Amazon shows off its Shakopee fulfillment center set to open this year

Amazon shows off its Shakopee fulfillment center set to open this year

The walls are up at a fulfillment center where robots will help humans fill orders.
Target to team with Gwen Stefani for live music video commercial during Grammys

Target to team with Gwen Stefani for live music video commercial during Grammys

The retailer puts its focus on one commercial that will double as Gwen Stefani's music video.
Interim CEO of Evine Live vows to review merchandise mix

Interim CEO of Evine Live vows to review merchandise mix

Profits take priority for the shopping channel, Rosenblatt says.
Evine Live's turnaround CEO is out as profits continue to fall

Evine Live's turnaround CEO is out as profits continue to fall

He leaves along with longtime business partner Russell Nuce, who was chief strategy officer.
Target's new kids line takes a gender-neutral approach

Target's new kids line takes a gender-neutral approach

The Minneapolis-based retailer is introducing new kids' home decor products that blur the lines between what is for girls and what is for boys. The move is part of a top-to-bottom shake-up of the retailer's kids' business as Target looks to reclaim its style edge.
First group of Target pharmacies switch to CVS banner

First group of Target pharmacies switch to CVS banner

A rapid conversion is underway at nearly 1,700 Target stores after CVS spent $1.9 billion for the retailer's pharmacies.
Clothing retailer Zara appears to be heading to Mall of America

Clothing retailer Zara appears to be heading to Mall of America

Job postings for a variety of positions say the retailer will open store in the Bloomington mall.
Subject of 'Joy' shares stories, strategy with Target employees

Subject of 'Joy' shares stories, strategy with Target employees

Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano's interview with Chief Executive Brian Cornell drew a standing-room-only crowd at headquarters.
Target will open store in Uptown — on Cheapo's spot

Target will open store in Uptown — on Cheapo's spot

The store will open in October 2017 on the former Cheapo music site.
Slower growth in smartphones dampens Best Buy's holiday

Slower growth in smartphones dampens Best Buy's holiday

The retailer saw U.S. same-store sales decline 1.4 percent in the nine-week holiday period.
Target teams with D'Amico & Sons, Freshii to bring fresh appeal to its in-store cafes

Target teams with D'Amico & Sons, Freshii to bring fresh appeal to its in-store cafes

With American tastes changing, Target experiments with D'Amico & Sons, Freshii and other healthier options for its in-store cafes.
Target executive Janna Potts becomes chief stores officer, continuing CEO Brian Cornell's makeover at the top

Target executive Janna Potts becomes chief stores officer, continuing CEO Brian Cornell's makeover at the top

Janna Potts succeeds Tina Tyler, who led U.S. store operation since 2011.
Don't like gift card you got for Christmas? Target, other retailers will offer you trade

Don't like gift card you got for Christmas? Target, other retailers will offer you trade

An aftermarket for gift cards has grown in recent years, and Target is joining in.
Warmer holiday shopping season ends with discounts on cold-weather gear

Warmer holiday shopping season ends with discounts on cold-weather gear

Outdoors retailers have struggled to sell cold-weather gear so far
Best Buy hopes faster free shipping will rein in holiday procrastinators

Best Buy hopes faster free shipping will rein in holiday procrastinators

It's part of the retailer's push to boost sales in what is expected to be a tough holiday season.
Target, Wal-Mart follow similar holiday playbook as last year

Target, Wal-Mart follow similar holiday playbook as last year

For Target, Wal-Mart and other big retailers, what worked well last year is the plan for this year.
Best Buy sends Geek Squad to help travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International

Best Buy sends Geek Squad to help travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International

A temporary booth at MSP is part of the retailer's plan to grow use of its tech support.
Can designer behind Target's localization strategy define Minnesota? You betcha

Can designer behind Target's localization strategy define Minnesota? You betcha

Retailing giant has Todd Snyder make memorabilia for the Twin Cities and other communities in the U.S.
Apple Pay, Android Pay — now Walmart Pay

Apple Pay, Android Pay — now Walmart Pay

The retailer is planning to use it nationwide in 2016.
Christopher & Banks changes course after customers say no to leggings, activewear

Christopher & Banks changes course after customers say no to leggings, activewear

Christopher & Banks reported another quarterly loss, though smaller than this past summer.
Target opens holiday-themed playground to sell toys, test ideas in N.Y.

Target opens holiday-themed playground to sell toys, test ideas in N.Y.

The Minneapolis-based retailer is back at it this holiday season, angling to make a big splash in the Big Apple this time with something it's calling Wonderland.
iPads, big-screen TVs, gaming consoles top sellers on turkey day

iPads, big-screen TVs, gaming consoles top sellers on turkey day

Website slowdowns and out-of-stock items were a concern as customers swarmed to electronics.
For hard-core holiday shoppers, Thanksgiving is the new king

For hard-core holiday shoppers, Thanksgiving is the new king

Families making retail stops an annual tradition as officials say Thanksgiving sales were promising.
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