Friday, April 18, 2014

Target's plan to take on Amazon...

Time is reporting that Target wants the household business back that Amazon has stolen from them over the years. To that end, Target announced this week an expansion to their subscription service for parents, allowing customers to order diapers and other baby goods on a recurring basis—always with free shipping and often with significant discounts. The new service is viewed as a blatant counteroffensive against Amazon, which has a long history of targeting The Bullseye and other brick-and-mortar-based retailers by undercutting them on price via their popular Subscribe and Save program that grants discounts on pre-scheduled goods purchased.

Target's new Subscriptions service allows customers to choose from more than 1,500 products to order on a recurring basis, and the demographic goes way beyond parents with young kids. Now, all sorts of household staples - from cleaning supplies to printer ink, pet treats to laundry detergent - can be purchased via Target Subscriptions.

Besides saving themselves a trip to the store, Target subscribers get free shipping on deliveries and returns. And they also get discounts—a flat 5% off on all Subscription orders, plus another 5% off if payment is made via a Target card.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Double-Take: One Kings Lane vs. Target

It's time for another double-take, where we take one item from Target and match it up against a lookalike (albeit pricier) designer piece. This installment is courtesy of eagle-eyed reader Sarah, who brought to my attention these two metal bar stool sets in cool-as-a-cucumber green. Only difference is that one pair is from One Kings Lane and costs $129 a pair (on sale, down from $250) and the other pair is from The Bullseye and only costs $95. Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greedy shopper sues Target...

Remember this story from a couple years ago? About a couple in Miami (shown here) who bought out the entire stock of Jason Wu for Target apparel at their local store? The duo was were vilified in the media, leading Target to establish buying limits for its future designer collaborations.

Now Racked.com reports that the male half of the duo - named "DJ Midas" - is suing Target over the incident, alleging that he suffered at the hands of the fellow shoppers he screwed during the Wu launch. "One customer allegedly slammed him in the legs with her cart as her similarly aggrieved husband said he was going to 'kick his ass," reports the Miami New Times. DJ Midas cites "emotional distress," "negligence" and, for some reason, "false imprisonment" as the reason for his legal action. Target has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

Friday, April 11, 2014

New at Target: Sugarboo Designs

You’ve probably seen the lyrical and whimsical signs by Sugarboo Designs on the internet and in pricey boutique shops. Normally, they cost between $150 - $300. But now Sugarboo is doing a budget line for Target, with prices ranging from just $14.99 (like this "Life is Beauty Full" sign, shown here) to $29.99.

You can check out the full line of Sugarboo Designs for Target here on Target.com. In stores, look for a special endcap in the home decor aisle. Right now Target only seems to carry about a dozen Sugarboo items, but hopefully there will be more offerings from them soon.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Target introduces "Made to Matter"...

Today on their blog Target announced the launch of Made to Matter: a first-of-its-kind partnership and collection from 17 leading natural, organic and sustainable brands. The new Made to Matter collection will feature over 120 new and exclusive products from this crew of trusted companies, taking the guesswork out of buying better-for-you products. Hand-picked by Target, the line makes it easy to find products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that you can feel good about bringing home without sacrificing on price or performance.

Spanning categories including baby, beauty, grocery, healthcare and household products, Made to Matter brands include Annie’s Homegrown, Burt’s Bees, Chobani, Clif Bar & Company, Ella’s Kitchen, EVOL, Horizon Organic, Hyland’s, Kashi, method, Plum Organics, Seventh Generation, SheaMoisture, Target’s Simply Balanced, Vita Coco, Yes To and Zarbee’s Naturals.

First introduced at the end of March, new Made to Matter products will be added throughout spring and summer, with the complete collection available by this September. Products will be available throughout the store, both in the products’ usual aisles and as part of specialized collection displays.

Double-Take: Aeropostale vs. Mossimo

It's time for another double-take, where we take one item from The Bullseye and match it up against a similar - yet pricier - brand name piece. Today we're looking at two super-cute junior denim shorts, both in faded denim with white crochet trim on the front. Only one pair is from Aeropostale (available on Buy.com) and at $30.99 is 1/3 more than the other pair which is from Mossimo (at Target, for only $19.99). Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

New at Target: Devine Color Paint & Wallpaper

Like the look of this gold-stenciled wall, but think it'd be too hard to pull off? Then head over to Target to see how simple a stunning look like this can be. With their new Divine line of premium pre-mixed paint, stylish stencils, and self-adhesive wallpapers, it's easy to create designer looks for walls, furniture, and decor.

You can check out the entire Devine Color Paint & Wallpaper collection here on Target.com. You can also watch this Target TV spot  for more design inspiration using Devine products.