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Kavita Kumar

Reporter | Retail merchandise
Kavita Kumar covers Target, Best Buy, other retailers and shopping trends.
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Amazon looks to hire 1,000 more workers in Shakopee

Amazon looks to hire 1,000 more workers in Shakopee

The full-time, year-round positions are on top of 1,500 already at Shakopee facility.
This Christmas, Hatchimals could be bigger than Tickle Me Elmo

This Christmas, Hatchimals could be bigger than Tickle Me Elmo

Retailers and analysts say they have not seen consumers this enthusiastic about a toy since Tickle Me Elmo.
Christopher & Banks reports solid results from third quarter

Christopher & Banks reports solid results from third quarter

The Plymouth-based retailer said sales and profits are on an upswing; stock rises 22 percent.
Cyber Monday sales again break record

Cyber Monday sales again break record

Minnesotans spent $250 million online that day, up 17 percent from 2015.
Mall of America's big Thanksgiving gamble paid off in record Friday traffic

Mall of America's big Thanksgiving gamble paid off in record Friday traffic

Black Friday traffic, after Mall of America stayed closed on Thursday, broke records.
Mall of America has a busier Black Friday than usual, shoppers say

Mall of America has a busier Black Friday than usual, shoppers say

After closing on the holidays, lines formed to get the specials of the day.
Retailers have high hopes as Black Friday kicks off

Retailers have high hopes as Black Friday kicks off

While the final numbers on Thanksgiving Day traffic won't be in for days, some Twin Cities store managers said the crowds seemed larger.
Target extends Cyber Monday deal by a day — and also to stores

Target extends Cyber Monday deal by a day — and also to stores

The retailer hopes to make the sale both more profitable and without the online glitches of last year.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly smiling over the retailer's holiday prospects

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly smiling over the retailer's holiday prospects

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly delights in proving wrong the naysayers who thought Amazon would put Best Buy out of business. To the contrary, he says, there's room in the market for both to win.
Best Buy continues to outperform even while Samsung recall dents holiday momentum

Best Buy continues to outperform even while Samsung recall dents holiday momentum

The company's stock jumped sharply to its highest level in more than six years.
Target lifts holiday forecast after surprising 3rd quarter

Target lifts holiday forecast after surprising 3rd quarter

Executives are more optimistic for the year-end shopping boom after a strong back-to-school season.
Only 3 Mall of America stores will be open on Thanksgiving

Only 3 Mall of America stores will be open on Thanksgiving

Some skeptics wondered if the Mall of America would really stay closed on Thanksgiving after giving individual stores the option to stay open.Turns out, the…
Zara opens Wednesday at Mall of America

Zara opens Wednesday at Mall of America

The much-anticipated Spanish retailer should be big draw, along with selected designer brands.
Capella University interim president Dick Senese hired for the full-time job

Capella University interim president Dick Senese hired for the full-time job

The current interim leader hopes to expand flexible programs for students.
Target opening at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, Best Buy at 5 p.m.

Target opening at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, Best Buy at 5 p.m.

Although the Mall of America closing started a small movement to move Black Friday back to Friday, most big box retailers are still opening on the holiday.
Target hires another supply chain executive — this time from Wal-Mart

Target hires another supply chain executive — this time from Wal-Mart

Shekar Natarajan will fill a newly created senior vice president position.
Target, Best Buy can't wait for shoppers to shift out of election mode

Target, Best Buy can't wait for shoppers to shift out of election mode

Among those who will be cheering this week for the end of this highly contentious and emotionally draining election season are America's retailers, now itching for shoppers to get into the holiday spirit.
Christopher & Banks reports sales bump this fall

Christopher & Banks reports sales bump this fall

Preliminary results from the third quarter are a positive step, CEO says.
Target's grocery chief Anne Dament is leaving after 18 months

Target's grocery chief Anne Dament is leaving after 18 months

Dament was one of CEO Brian Cornell's first major hires.
More of Target's advertising reaching out to Hispanics as customer demographics change

More of Target's advertising reaching out to Hispanics as customer demographics change

More holiday advertising targeted at Hispanics is one example of the retailer's emphasis on attracting new customers.
Best Buy's holiday campaign stars Don Rickles, Bobby Flay

Best Buy's holiday campaign stars Don Rickles, Bobby Flay

The retailer's tagline for the year-end shopping season is "Holiday Gifting Made Easy."
Why you'll probably see more Target ads on TV this holiday season

Why you'll probably see more Target ads on TV this holiday season

The Minneapolis-based retailer hopes to revive seasonal sales with the campaign, which will focus more on promotions.
Best Buy again offering free shipping through holiday season

Best Buy again offering free shipping through holiday season

Move simplifies message, helps electronics retailer compete with Amazon.
Target's nightly light show a 'digital mood ring' for Minneapolis

Target's nightly light show a 'digital mood ring' for Minneapolis

Retailer's in-house creative team designs no-branding displays that grace the sky
Mall of America is stepping up its digital game with virtual reality, robots

Mall of America is stepping up its digital game with virtual reality, robots

The mall has started using virtual reality and robots and is exploring augmented reality to engage potential customers
First Wal-Mart Academy class in Minnesota graduates

First Wal-Mart Academy class in Minnesota graduates

Housed in the Maple Grove store, the training program trains lower-level managers about customer, employee skills.
Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf steps down from Target board

Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf steps down from Target board

Stumpf had resigned from the bank last week amid a scandal over the firm's sales practices.
Mall of America continues its quest to be the biggest

Mall of America continues its quest to be the biggest

Last year's $325 million expansion restored the MOA's bragging rights as the nation's biggest mall. But it is unlikely to end the ongoing pressure that malls feel to get bigger and glitzier.
If you wanted those 'Golden Girls' action figures, you are too late

If you wanted those 'Golden Girls' action figures, you are too late

The limited-edition dolls quickly sell out on Target.com.
Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving

Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving

The Mall of America's 520-plus stores will have the option to open on the holiday, but mall executives expect that most will decide to remain closed.
A free MBA? In exchange for working in the Midwest for 2 years?

A free MBA? In exchange for working in the Midwest for 2 years?

The Twin Cities area, with its 17 Fortune 500 companies, qualifies as "underserved," according to the Stanford effort. What's the catch?
Best Buy will highlight products by start-ups in section of store, website

Best Buy will highlight products by start-ups in section of store, website

New program offers manufacturing and marketing support.
Jason Goldberger, Target's chief digital officer, leaves company

Jason Goldberger, Target's chief digital officer, leaves company

The job will be split between Mike McNamara and Mark Tritton.
Bonobos showroom headed to former Sex World building

Bonobos showroom headed to former Sex World building

The area is becoming a hot spot for men's boutiques.
Target announces it will buy back another $5 billion in shares

Target announces it will buy back another $5 billion in shares

With fewer store openings, the company is looking to use its cash.
Target's first tech incubator with Techstars already hatching tangible results

Target's first tech incubator with Techstars already hatching tangible results

Six of 11 start-ups forge partnerships with the Minneapolis-based retailer.
Wal-Mart launches online grocery pickup at four Twin Cities stores

Wal-Mart launches online grocery pickup at four Twin Cities stores

Wal-Mart is launching the service on Wednesday in Cottage Grove, Oak Park Heights and Monticello, with Maple Grove to follow on Oct. 6.
CEO Brian Cornell rallies his Target team for the critical holiday season

CEO Brian Cornell rallies his Target team for the critical holiday season

14,000 red-clad employees hear sales pitches from executives at Target Center
Google Express brings its two-day delivery service to Twin Cities

Google Express brings its two-day delivery service to Twin Cities

Delivery options for time-strapped customers is becoming flush locally.
What's next for Target's mojo? That's the job for its new chief merchant

What's next for Target's mojo? That's the job for its new chief merchant

In choosing the products to stock, Mark Tritton controls the direction of the retailer's evolution.
Start-ups in Target's Techstars accelerator race to finish line

Start-ups in Target's Techstars accelerator race to finish line

Target's Techstar entrepreneurs are close to turning their ideas into fully formed firms
InvestMNt conference draws pitches, cautionary tales

InvestMNt conference draws pitches, cautionary tales

At Minnesota's biggest investment conference, analysts sort out the good, bad and the foolish.
Best Buy shares boast biggest one-day jump in a decade

Best Buy shares boast biggest one-day jump in a decade

Stock sees best one-day gain in decade after sales increase surprises analysts.
Best Buy opens connected home display in Mall of America

Best Buy opens connected home display in Mall of America

Display at MOA is part of the retail chain's 50th anniversary celebration.
College campus is next big retail battleground for Target, Amazon and more

College campus is next big retail battleground for Target, Amazon and more

The checkout lane at the mini-Target store in Dinkytown is lined with the holy trifecta of many college diets: mac & cheese, Ramen noodles and…
Target cuts ties with vendor for deceptively selling Egyptian cotton sheets

Target cuts ties with vendor for deceptively selling Egyptian cotton sheets

Sheets were labled as Egyptian cotton when they were not.

Evine Live makes interim CEO permanent

Bob Rosenblatt took over day-to-day operations in February.
First sales drop in two years sends Target execs scrambling for answers

First sales drop in two years sends Target execs scrambling for answers

The company's second-quarter results and forecast were yet more proof that consumer spending patterns have been changing.
Target will spend $20 million to add private restrooms to stores

Target will spend $20 million to add private restrooms to stores

Target Corp. will spend $20 million this year to add family restrooms to the rest of its stores to appease critics upset with its policy…
Amazon starts free restaurant delivery to Mpls. Prime members

Amazon starts free restaurant delivery to Mpls. Prime members

A number of start-ups have begun delivery service in the Twin Cities recently, but Amazon hopes to stand out by offering the deliveries free to its Prime members.
Two Minneapolis hotels part of nationwide security breach

Two Minneapolis hotels part of nationwide security breach

Owner HEI Hotels and Resorts said hackers installed malicious software on its systems
Looking to close 100 stores, Macy's still talking about Minneapolis remake plan

Looking to close 100 stores, Macy's still talking about Minneapolis remake plan

The company has also been looking to do more with stores it considers flagships, including the Nicollet Mall location.

Target hires another former Amazon employee to work on supply chain

Preston Mosier will become senior VP of fulfillment operations.
These Red Wing boots are made for women to walk in (finally)

These Red Wing boots are made for women to walk in (finally)

Sales of small sizes in men's line spurred Minnesota company to revive its vintage line for today's rugged fashionistas.
Target starts selling rival Amazon's products again after 4-year hiatus

Target starts selling rival Amazon's products again after 4-year hiatus

Amazon's Kindle readers and tablet are available online now, will be in stores in October.
Instacart now delivers alcohol from Total Wine, Liquor Boy around Twin Cities

Instacart now delivers alcohol from Total Wine, Liquor Boy around Twin Cities

It's new program follows Amazon's debut last week.
Some of Best Buy's Samsung mini-shops are closing, others expanding

Some of Best Buy's Samsung mini-shops are closing, others expanding

The retailer is closing some of its stores within a store, while expanding others.
Target's IT chief set a new direction, starting with smaller budget

Target's IT chief set a new direction, starting with smaller budget

Mike McNamara, who arrived last June from British-based grocer Tesco as one of the key outside appointments to the Target executive team, isn't done making changes yet.
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.
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