Friday, August 1, 2014

Blogger's break...

Hey everyone! Just a heads up that I'm going to be taking the month of August off from blogging. After being out of work for almost a year, I start a new job next Monday. And I want to give my new gig 110%, so I've decided to put the blog on hold for awhile. I hope to be back after Labor Day with new posts. Until then, have a great summer!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Double-Take: Zinc Door vs. Safavieh at Target

It's time for another double-take, where we take one item from Tar-shay and match it up against a lookalike - yet pricier - designer piece. Today we have two gold-framed, marble-topped end tables... which like my last double-take, look virtually identical. The difference is that one of them is by Ray (at Zinc Door) and will set you back $581, while the other one is by Safavieh (on Target.com) and cost only $369 (on sale). Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Target names new CEO

USA Today reports that Target has tapped PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell as the retailer's new CEO. This comes nearly three months after former CEO Gregg Steinhafel stepped down as the brand dealt with the aftermath of a reputation-threatening holiday data breach and difficulties with its Canada stores.

Cornell, 55, replaces interim CEO John Mulligan, who stepped in when Steinhafel resigned in May. He will leave his post as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods, where he oversaw the brand's snack business including Frito-Lay North America and Quaker Foods. He will assume his role as Target CEO Aug. 12th. 

For more on Cornell in his own words, check out this interview with him on A Bullseye View.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Target takes extra security measures...

As I reported a few months ago, Target will be transitioning to the more secure microchip-enabled credit cards in early 2015. In the meantime, Target stores are taking the additional security measure of asking you for the last 4 digits of your credit card upon checkout. This means that after they've already swiped your card - but before they hand you your merchandise - they will ask you for the last 4 digits on your card. To that end, it'd be best to either memorize those numbers or keep your card out until you actually have your goods in hand. One Target clerk told me this is becoming commonplace at other retailers (not just Target) but so far Tar-shay is the only store I've experienced this at.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Target's largest East Coast store opens today...

Racked.com reports that Target's sprawling King of Prussia, PA location - the largest Target store on the East Coast - will open today. Local police and fire crews were on standby for the store's Sunday morning debut, anticipating large crowds and increased traffic on the already-clogged Route 202.

Here's what to expect after you shoulder your way through the crowds: 135,000 square feet of general Target goodness, including a grocery section that's 40% larger than those in standard Target stores. There's also an iPad-equipped browsing lounge - staffed by black shirted employees - where you can comparison shop Target's electronics online. The construction of this behemoth is different, too: part of the store is on elevated on stilts over an 800-space parking garage.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Double-Take: Home Depot vs. Target

It's time for another double-take, where we take one item from Tar-shay and match it up against a lookalike - yet pricier - designer piece. Today we have two paper orb pendant lamps, which look virtually identical. Only one of them is from Home Decorators Collection (at Home Depot) and costs $42, whereas the other is from Adesso (on Target.com) and only costs $26.99. Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New at Target: Method Fall Scents

While at Target the other day I noticed some new Method Fall Scents (with packaging that looks similar to the prints & patterns on the old Orla Kiely for Method bottles). Shown here is the foaming hand wash in "Kelly Moss" (which I bought) that is supposed to smell like "a bright, botanical medley of moss, lavender and loveliness." Other Fall Scents include "Rice Milk & Mallow" (which I smelled in store and didn't care for) and "White Cranberry" (which wasn't available at my store).

Method's Fall Scents are available in the gel hand wash, the foaming hand wash and body wash products, and are available at Target and other select retailers.