Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New at Target: Momofuku Milk Bar Mixes

Thank you to faithful reader Cotton Candy for this tip! Target is now carrying baking mixes from the famous NY-based bakery Momofuku Milk Bar. Varieties include Confetti Cookie Mix (shown here), B'Day Truffle Mix, Corn Chip/Chocolate Chip/Marshmallow Cookie Mix and Compost Cookie Mix. Available on Target.com and in stores, they're just $4.99 a box.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CVS pharmacy takeover not going smoothly for Target...

Reader "R." recently complained to me on a different thread about Target's pharmacies moving to CVS management. Well R, you're not alone, as Consumerist just posted a report about the CVS takeover erasing everything that used to be good about Target pharmacies. Cited as the primary gripes were the elimination of the ClearRX bottle system, increased drug costs, and the poor data migration (which interrupted auto-refill prescriptions).

Unfortunately for them, Target seems to be paying the price for these decisions. During a recent earnings call, Target tied its poor performance to the fact that stores have lost some foot traffic because of “some disruptions” when the discount store sold its pharmacy business to CVS.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Notepads

Yesterday in Target's Dollar Aisle I found these cute ruled notepads in bright colors and prints (shown) with fun sayings like "jot it down" and "make it  happen". About the size of a passport - and at only $1 each - these would be great to stuff in your purse to have on hand when you need to make a list or a note to yourself.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Target issues refunds on select Fieldcrest sheets...

Target is breaking up with one of the world’s biggest textile manufacturers, claiming that the company was supplying them with sheets labeled as “Egyptian cotton” that were actually made with cotton of the non-Egyptian sort. That means refunds for customers who bought the bedding in question.

Consumerist reports that last month Target learned that 750,000 sheets and pillowcases supplied by Welspun India were labeled as Egyptian cotton - but were actually made from some other type - and pulled the items from its stores. Egyptian cotton has extra-long fibers that are associated with high quality products, which means some shoppers are willing to pay a premium for those items.

Starting today, Target has started notifying customers that they’ll get a refund on certain products under the Fieldcrest label that sold for as much as $75. The withdrawal only includes two lines of Egyptian cotton bedding, and not all Egyptian cotton sheets sold by Target are affected. Anyone who purchased the products from Target during that timeframe can submit a web form to request a full refund in the form of a gift card.

Target used to be Welspun’s second-biggest customer (Bed Bath & Beyond is its first), but those days are over: the retailer says it will phase out all of its products from Welspun, though that process will take some time.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Look for Less: Restoration Hardware vs. Target.com

Old-timey wall clocks are always in style, and here we have two prime examples. Both have a 19th century vintage vibe, but the one on the left is from Restoration Hardware and will set you back a whopping $1,695, whereas the one on the right is from Target.com and costs only $236.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trophy heads for kids? No thanks...

The Pillowfort line at Target recently rolled out some new wall decor, including "stuffed animal trophy heads" like this zebra (shown). It also comes in lion, giraffe, dog, cat, shark and unicorn options. I don't know about you, but as an animal lover, I find this offensive. Not to mention that it also would probably give my kids nightmares! I realize it's supposed to be cute and tongue-in-cheek, but I'm not buying it.

Target has actually been peddling all kinds of 'trophy heads' for a while now. I did a 'look for less' post on one last Fall, and in stores I keep seeing this cow head. While it's better than actual taxidermy, I'm still not a fan. How about you, readers?  Are faux animal trophies cool, or callous?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Target having trouble selling groceries...

Consumerist reports that Target is having trouble in the grocery department. Despite the fact that Target sells around $18.5 billion in groceries a year, that's only around one-fifth of the company’s total annual revenue. Meanwhile, more than half of Walmart’s yearly revenue comes from groceries.

The Wall Street Journal recently took a look at Target’s fresh food woes and its efforts to course correct. The biggest reason for the grocery sales slump seems to be because shoppers just don't visit that frequently. Meaning: while Target has many regular shoppers, they may not be regular enough to keep fresh meat and vegetables from spoiling.One Target customer explains to the Journal that she shops at the store once or twice a month to purchase things like cleaning supplies and home d├ęcor, and she may pick up an odd food item here or there, but adds that “I don’t go out of my way to do grocery shopping at Target because there are so many other specialty stores.”

Data from Nielsen shows that shoppers favor traditional groceries over big box retailers regardless of whether they are buying a week’s worth of groceries or just doing some quick shopping to fill in the gaps. Meanwhile, it appears that Costco and other wholesale clubs are increasingly becoming a destination for shoppers looking to stock up their pantry, fridge, and freezer with food.

In 2015, Target’s chief operating officer acknowledged this outsider status: “We’re not really special and we’re not a full grocery. And so we’re sitting in the middle of no man’s land.”