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Kavita Kumar

Reporter | Retail merchandise
Kavita Kumar covers the fast-changing retail landscape. She reports about Target, Best Buy, Mall of America, and other national and local retailers as well shopping trends.
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Target buys Shipt for $550 million, expanding same-day delivery

Target buys Shipt for $550 million, expanding same-day delivery

Deal is seen as a move to counter Amazon.
Target rolls out mobile wallet to app for Redcard holders

Target rolls out mobile wallet to app for Redcard holders

Retailer rolls option into smartphone app instead of joining Apple Pay.
From Target to Toys 'R' Us, retailers are throwing parties this holiday season

From Target to Toys 'R' Us, retailers are throwing parties this holiday season

Big-box retailers are concentrating on experiences to help fight the exodus to online shopping.
Online sales once again peak on Cyber Monday

Online sales once again peak on Cyber Monday

Online purchases spike 17 percent as holiday shopping season rolls on.
Black Friday shoppers fill stores while also staying busy online

Black Friday shoppers fill stores while also staying busy online

The action was greater at stores and malls that were closed on Thursday, but shopping all around was off to a strong start.
Shoppers turn out in force as Black Friday rolls into high gear

Shoppers turn out in force as Black Friday rolls into high gear

Even if the kickoff for holiday shopping has lost some of its frenzy, shoppers turned out in force. And it's become a bigger time for online sales.
Best Buy's distribution centers work around the clock for holiday sprint

Best Buy's distribution centers work around the clock for holiday sprint

It's show time for retailers, whose logistics will soon be tested by a crush of shoppers. Here's an inside look at Best Buy's preparations.
In holiday twist, Best Buy is selling Barbies, while Penney's hawks TVs

In holiday twist, Best Buy is selling Barbies, while Penney's hawks TVs

Retailers are looking for ways to boost flagging sales and to stop shoppers from flocking to the likes of Amazon.com.
Best Buy raises its holiday outlook, but not as much as investors hoped

Best Buy raises its holiday outlook, but not as much as investors hoped

Electronics retailer tempers expectations for holidays after robust summer and autumn.
Target's conservative profit outlook for holiday sends shares tumbling

Target's conservative profit outlook for holiday sends shares tumbling

Target continued to show sales growth for the second quarter in a row while its investments in lowering prices and store remodels took a toll on its bottom line as expected.
Target and Best Buy are looking for a merry buying season

Target and Best Buy are looking for a merry buying season

Twin Cities retailers set to report third-quarter results this week, displaying if their momentum continues.
Best Buy, other retailers launch Black Friday deals early

Best Buy, other retailers launch Black Friday deals early

Best Buy releases ad showing it will spread the discounts of one day across the entire month.
Target is closing 12 U.S. stores, including the Hastings store

Target is closing 12 U.S. stores, including the Hastings store

The stores have been underperforming, the Minneapolis-based retailer said.
Target won't keep stores open all night on Thanksgiving, but some other retailers will

Target won't keep stores open all night on Thanksgiving, but some other retailers will

It will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, then close at midnight.
Best Buy partners with Amazon for voice shopping through Alexa

Best Buy partners with Amazon for voice shopping through Alexa

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promotes retailer's use of voice assistant as holiday shopping season approaches.
Mall of America will be closed Thanksgiving, pay OT on Black Friday

Mall of America will be closed Thanksgiving, pay OT on Black Friday

Mall of America is part of a growing group of retailers to close on Thanksgiving.
Target plans fewer promotions it hopes will pack bigger holiday punch

Target plans fewer promotions it hopes will pack bigger holiday punch

After a disappointing 2016, the retailer is changing its strategy.
Target to remodel more stores in battle with Amazon, Walmart

Target to remodel more stores in battle with Amazon, Walmart

With updated stores paying off, Minneapolis retailer boosts how many it will redo.
Former Evine Live executive and partners trying to take over the home shopping business

Former Evine Live executive and partners trying to take over the home shopping business

Evine told group that company is not for sale.
Target opening small-format store in Uptown, dozen other places

Target opening small-format store in Uptown, dozen other places

It's one of the Minneapolis retailer's smaller format stores
Two startups from Target + Techstars accelerator moving to Minneapolis

Two startups from Target + Techstars accelerator moving to Minneapolis

Several already have pilot projects in place with Target
Target teams up with Google for voice-assisted shopping and nationwide delivery

Target teams up with Google for voice-assisted shopping and nationwide delivery

The Minneapolis-based retailer is hoping it will capture more online customers through the partnership.
Bite Squad adds healthy portion to its markets around U.S.

Bite Squad adds healthy portion to its markets around U.S.

The Minneapolis-born delivery service is now in 30 areas.
Target's test of curbside pickup launches at 50 Twin Cities stores

Target's test of curbside pickup launches at 50 Twin Cities stores

"Drive Up" service launches at 50 stores in the Twin Cities area.
Target, Best Buy and even Amazon among retailers who see new power in stores

Target, Best Buy and even Amazon among retailers who see new power in stores

The approach to invest in the physical seems counterintuitive at a time when the digital onslaught is leading other retailers to shutter hundreds of locations or go out of business.
Target teams up with HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines

Target teams up with HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines

New home and lifestyle brand will be called 'Hearth & Hand with Magnolia.'
Best Buy to close stores in Blaine, Inver Grove Heights

Best Buy to close stores in Blaine, Inver Grove Heights

Best Buy is closing two stores in the Twin Cities — one in Blaine and one in Inver Grove Heights.The Richfield-based retailer will not renew…
Best Buy stops selling security software made by Russian firm

Best Buy stops selling security software made by Russian firm

Reports of Kremlin ties led retailer to pull the product.
Target's chief risk and compliance officer is leaving

Target's chief risk and compliance officer is leaving

Jackie Rice, a former automotive industry executive, was one of the first people brought into the company by Brian Cornell.
Best Buy rolls out same-day delivery to more markets, including Twin Cities

Best Buy rolls out same-day delivery to more markets, including Twin Cities

Metro area is among 14 added to same-day delivery expansion.
Best Buy sees best sales jump in 7 years, but CEO warns it's not normal

Best Buy sees best sales jump in 7 years, but CEO warns it's not normal

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said the second-quarter results were driven by higher consumer demand for technology products and strong execution of its strategy.
Best Buy says high price on water at south Texas store was mistake by employees

Best Buy says high price on water at south Texas store was mistake by employees

Company was caught in crosshairs of reports of price gouging before and during the storm.
Target, Best Buy and others close south Texas locations

Target, Best Buy and others close south Texas locations

Ecolab, C.H. Robinson also among operations that are being assessed because of the storm.
Target taps Minsok Pak to be new chief strategy and innovation officer

Target taps Minsok Pak to be new chief strategy and innovation officer

CEO Brian Cornell said that the retailer plans to continue to innovate while focusing on its core business.
Former Target and Uber exec Jeff Jones named CEO of H&R Block

Former Target and Uber exec Jeff Jones named CEO of H&R Block

'I'm not walking into a troubled situation,' Jones said about leading the nation's biggest tax preparer.
Target's Nicollet Mall store makeover gives glimpse into plan to retool stores

Target's Nicollet Mall store makeover gives glimpse into plan to retool stores

The $10 million makeover of the Nicollet Mall Target is complete, giving a glimpse of the Minneapolis retailer's plan to retool its stores
'Green shoots' emerge as Target pulls out of yearlong sales slump

'Green shoots' emerge as Target pulls out of yearlong sales slump

But the higher costs to fulfill online orders and a broader price-cutting effort eroded Target's bottom line. Its second-quarter profit fell 1.2 percent.
Target ends yearlong sales slump with growth in store, online traffic

Target ends yearlong sales slump with growth in store, online traffic

But the higher costs to fulfill online orders and the company's efforts to lower prices eroded its bottom line. Target's net profit in the second quarter dropped 1.2 percent.
Target acquires delivery technology firm, beefs up grocery team

Target acquires delivery technology firm, beefs up grocery team

Big changes coming with third-party delivery firm, revamped grocery team.
Target Techstars graduate Branch Messenger expanding with $6.8 million round of funding

Target Techstars graduate Branch Messenger expanding with $6.8 million round of funding

Move from California put workplace app closer to venture capital, big firms.
Target steps up its game to court the college crowd

Target steps up its game to court the college crowd

Target is cutting back its after-hours shopping events for students who were bused in from campuses, and is trying different strategies.
Best Buy restructuring Geek Squad, eliminates 400 remote jobs nationwide

Best Buy restructuring Geek Squad, eliminates 400 remote jobs nationwide

The employees, most of whom work remotely, will be offered other positions in the company.
Twin Cities shoppers could be considered procrastinators in back-to-school shopping

Twin Cities shoppers could be considered procrastinators in back-to-school shopping

That's because many schools start here after Labor Day, retail experts say. We're also expected to spend less than the national average.
Best Buy adds Dyson in-store shops to demo vacuums, hair dryers

Best Buy adds Dyson in-store shops to demo vacuums, hair dryers

Customers will be able to try out products such as vacuums, $400 hair dryer.
CFO Corie Barry takes key role in Best Buy's surge

CFO Corie Barry takes key role in Best Buy's surge

Pushed to succeed, Corie Barry is doing just that amid Best Buy's surge.
Target's second class of Techstars start-ups start boot camp this week

Target's second class of Techstars start-ups start boot camp this week

Many are developing ways to bridge the digital and physical shopping experience
Target says sales are on the rebound after a yearlong slump

Target says sales are on the rebound after a yearlong slump

Minneapolis-based retailer says shifts in strategy are paying off.
Gymboree closing 4 Twin Cities stores as it shutters 350 nationwide

Gymboree closing 4 Twin Cities stores as it shutters 350 nationwide

The stores at Southdale Center, Burnsville Center, Eden Prairie Center and the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove are part of the closing.
Target is testing new curbside pickup service in Twin Cities

Target is testing new curbside pickup service in Twin Cities

The retailer hopes to make the convenience available to the public in coming months.
Sarah Spiegel is Caribou Coffee's new CEO

Sarah Spiegel is Caribou Coffee's new CEO

Former Target exec is also named president in flurry of leadership changes.
For many malls, it's adapt or die as retailing faces big challenges

For many malls, it's adapt or die as retailing faces big challenges

The shopping mall faces an existential crisis as consumers grow increasingly accustomed to buying online and as young people, once the lifeblood of malls, socialize on Snapchat and Instagram.
Target's Nicollet Mall liquor store will open Friday in time for first Sunday sales

Target's Nicollet Mall liquor store will open Friday in time for first Sunday sales

The Nicollet Mall location opens its liquor store Friday, as state's new law kicks in this weekend.
Best Buy to roll out expanded displays to highlight Amazon Echo, Google Home

Best Buy to roll out expanded displays to highlight Amazon Echo, Google Home

Best Buy moves to command a corner of the market for voice-controlled devices.
Mall of America expects big crowds this weekend for the end of Ramadan

Mall of America expects big crowds this weekend for the end of Ramadan

As a result, the megamall, as it has in recent years, is putting its parental escort policy into place all weekend.
Burnsville Center's Sears store will close in September

Burnsville Center's Sears store will close in September

It becomes the latest in the Twin Cities to shut down, but Gordmans will reopen.
Target's investment in mattress maker Casper surprises some analysts

Target's investment in mattress maker Casper surprises some analysts

The fast-growing mattress company confirmed this week that Target was the lead investor in a $170 million round of funding.
Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods shakes up grocery landscape that includes Target, Supervalu

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods shakes up grocery landscape that includes Target, Supervalu

The $13.7 billion deal is a direct challenge to Minnesota's biggest food retailers.
Target's chief spokesperson is leaving the company

Target's chief spokesperson is leaving the company

No reason was given; it's the latest change in a reshuffling of the company's management.
About 90 will lose jobs when J.C. Penney closes store at Southdale

About 90 will lose jobs when J.C. Penney closes store at Southdale

The store is slated to close on Aug. 13.
Target cuts nearly 40 jobs in restructuring of merchandising division

Target cuts nearly 40 jobs in restructuring of merchandising division

Employees are eligible for severance packages.
Best Buy is redesigning mobile phone departments in stores and online

Best Buy is redesigning mobile phone departments in stores and online

To boost sales, the retailer is trying to make it easier for customers to navigate.
Best Buy stock soars after better-than-expected earnings

Best Buy stock soars after better-than-expected earnings

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said Best Buy will roll out nationwide later this year an in-home advisors program it has been testing in a handful of markets for about a year.
Target to pay $18.5M to 47 states over 2013 data breach

Target to pay $18.5M to 47 states over 2013 data breach

The settlement is the largest of its kind to date.
Target CEO Brian Cornell to testify in DC against import tax

Target CEO Brian Cornell to testify in DC against import tax

Proposed rule could drive price increases for retailers.
Minnesota retail and restaurant companies strained in 2016

Minnesota retail and restaurant companies strained in 2016

The shift to online shopping once again took a toll on Minnesota's largest retailers last year.
Hammer Made men's store finds the tools to thrive as others fight to survive

Hammer Made men's store finds the tools to thrive as others fight to survive

The Eden Prairie-based upscale retailer is confident it will buck the trend of declining mall stores.
Target looks to capture more business from bankrupt retailers

Target looks to capture more business from bankrupt retailers

Sales and adjusted profit fell for the Minneapolis retail giant, but not as much as expected. And there are glimmers of strength for the rest of the year.
Target reels in another popular online brand: Casper mattresses

Target reels in another popular online brand: Casper mattresses

Casper brand products will be sold on the retailer's website beginning next month.
Alice, one of Como Zoo's gorillas, is pregnant again

Alice, one of Como Zoo's gorillas, is pregnant again

Como Zoo officials are crossing their fingers because Alice, a Western lowland gorilla, is pregnant again.
Ex-Amazon exec working to transform Target from elephant to gazelle

Ex-Amazon exec working to transform Target from elephant to gazelle

For 16 years, Arthur Valdez helped Amazon set the bar in retail for getting packages to customers at warp speed. Now he's doing the same at Target Corp.
Target to start testing regular delivery of everyday items

Target to start testing regular delivery of everyday items

Possibly as soon as next month, Target Corp. will start testing Target Restock, a program to deliver everyday household staples that is similar to Amazon's Pantry program for Prime members.
Best Buy adds home monitoring to services through Vivint partnership

Best Buy adds home monitoring to services through Vivint partnership

Vivint monitoring products will be in 400 stores by end of summer.
Target CEO made $9.1M last year, but didn't get incentive bonus

Target CEO made $9.1M last year, but didn't get incentive bonus

Compensation packages were adjusted for many executives as retailer tries to find footing.
Super Mario carts roll into some Target stores

Super Mario carts roll into some Target stores

Company's latest promotion uses carts and musics to create a store shopping experience that can't be replicated online.
Target is shutting down food lab in Massachusetts after all

Target is shutting down food lab in Massachusetts after all

An offer to buy Target's Food + Future lab surfaced at the last minute as the Minneapolis-based retailer was preparing to wind it down. But Target apparently couldn't come to terms with the buyer.
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