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Target firing on all cylinders for the holidays

BY Gail Hoffer

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is enticing shoppers this holiday season with new initiatives, including price match, exclusive gift offerings and shoppable advertisements.

“Target’s holiday plans are built around an outstanding shopping experience, exclusive merchandise and competitive prices,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target Chairman, president and CEO. “Our guests will be able to shop with confidence this holiday season knowing that we are intensely focused on providing them the right merchandise at the right price.”

For the first time, Target will offer guests the ability to match select online competitors’ prices in its stores between Nov. 1 and Dec. 16. Qualifying online retailers include Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com and Toysrus.com.

Additionally, Target has extended the timeframe for its price match policy for the holiday season, and new this year, the policy includes Target.com. If a guest purchases a qualifying item at Target stores between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, and then finds it for less at Target.com or in a local competitor’s printed ad, Target will match that price.

Members of Target’s REDcard loyalty program who make a purchase using their debit or credit card to make a purchase as of Nov. 1 will now receive an additional 30 days on Target’s existing return policy on nearly all REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com.

Customers looking for a gift options at various price points can take advantage of Target’s exclusive holiday gifting collection that appears in stores and online beginning Nov. 4. From sweaters and scarves to iPhone cases and journals, the collection features more than 850 gift options for the whole family, ranging in price from $2 to $50.

To make shopping even easier, Target has enabled guests to shop from television spots, bus shelter ads and catalog pages by using their mobile phones to send a text or scan a QR code. Target’s shoppable holiday advertising begins Nov. 7 and continues throughout the season.

Also, just in time for the holidays, Target is now offering free WiFi in all Target stores. The service will provide better access to Target’s award winning mobile app, and enable guests to redeem Target mobile coupons and scan QR codes throughout the store.

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Walgreens taps former Wellpoint strategist as chief strategy officer

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens recently announced the appointment of Brad Fluegel as SVP and chief strategy officer. Fluegel will be responsible for corporate strategy, business development, project management and the corporate consulting team while also working on venture capital efforts. 

Fluegel joined Walgreens after previously serving as executive in residence at Health Evolution Partners. Before that he was EVP and chief strategy and external affairs officer of Wellpoint, a large health benefits company. While at Wellpoint, Fluegel was responsible for long-term strategic planning; government affairs; corporate communications, including public relations; corporate marketing; corporate development; international expansion; innovation and new business ventures.

Prior to Wellpoint, Fluegel was SVP national accounts and VP enterprise strategy at Aetna. In this role, he led the national accounts business and was responsible for developing and executing on strategies that expanded Aetna’s position as a leader in the large employer market. As head of enterprise strategy, Fluegel worked closely with Aetna’s executive committee and board of directors to advance the company’s medium- and long-term business strategies, and ran an internal consulting group responsible for driving the management process and operating efficiency across the enterprise.

Earlier, Fluegel was CEO for Reden & Anders (Ingenix Consulting) and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, a clinical, actuarial and management consulting practice that served all sectors of the healthcare industry. While there, he negotiated the sale of Tillinghast Health to Ingenix. Fluegel also held several roles in strategy, planning and product development, and management at Harvard Community Health Plan, and organized and led audits, feasibility studies and related projects for healthcare clients at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Fluegel earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of Washington. He also serves as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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Supervalu business optimization head assumes reins of wholesale business, too

BY Michael Johnsen

 MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday morning announced it has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization, replacing Leon Bergmann, who has decided to leave the company. 

“We thank Leon for his contributions, and we wish him well,” stated Wayne Sales, Supervalu president, CEO and chairman. “Fortunately, Janel is able to step right into the position and bring an immediate wealth of experience, strong retailer relationships and a tremendous passion for our independent business, having spent the majority of her career in this area. We are confident in her ability and the skills she brings to this role during this critical time in our company’s turnaround.”

Haugarth is a 35-year veteran of the company and returns to the independent business organization, where she brings knowledge and leadership in serving the needs of the more than 2,000 independent grocery retailers that Supervalu supplies nationwide. In addition, Haugarth will continue in her role leading Supervalu’s business optimization efforts. Her appointment as president of independent business and business optimization is effective immediately.

Bergmann joined the company in January 2011 as group VP independent sales, marketing and merchandising and was named president of the organization in July of that year. Bergmann’s last day is Oct. 19. 

 

 

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