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Target to open additional smaller format stores in 2015

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is opening 15 stores this year, including additional TargetExpress and CityTarget smaller format locations as it looks to further reach guests in urban centers.

“Our store growth looks different today than it did five years ago, driven by guests’ expectations for ease and personalization in their shopping experience. Smaller formats like TargetExpress and CityTarget offer customized assortments and services to meet the needs of guests who are increasingly moving into urban centers. In our general merchandise stores, we’re embracing a test and learn philosophy, innovating with layouts and experiences and bringing digital and bricks and mortar together like never before,” stated Tina Tyler, EVP and chief stores officer, Target.

Target will open 15 stores in 2015, including eight TargetExpress locations, one CityTarget and six general merchandise stores. Target stated that its strategic store growth is focused on reaching guests in urban centers with new formats like TargetExpress and CityTarget, while also offering new experiences, merchandising layouts and innovations in its general merchandise stores.
 
TargetExpress

In addition to previously announced openings in San Francisco, San Diego and St. Paul, Minn., Target plans to bring two TargetExpress stores to the greater Washington, D.C. area and one to Chicago. The retailer’s newest and smallest format at approximately 20,000 sq. ft., TargetExpress provides a quick-trip shopping experience that is distinctly Target. The varying size and locations of these stores will enable Target to create a unique store experience and curated merchandise assortment localized for each community. Target will continue to test TargetExpress stores to learn more about operating small format locations and further enhance and customize the guest experience. Target currently operates one TargetExpress location in Minneapolis, which opened in July 2014 and has already made adjustments based on guest feedback and operational insights. For example, the assortment was expanded to include baking supplies, belts, sunglasses, jewelry and select apparel items, including C9 items. Beyond 2015, Target is exploring a number of opportunities to bring TargetExpress to select major markets across the country, including the greater Philadelphia area, Los Angeles, the greater Washington, D.C., area, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area.

CityTarget

In 2015, Target will open its first East Coast CityTarget store in Boston near the Fenway ballpark, followed by a location in Brooklyn, N.Y., that will open in 2016 in the City Point development. CityTarget debuted in 2012 to bring the Target experience to urban guests, who have an affinity for great design and great value, but previously had to travel outside the city to one of Target’s suburban store locations. CityTarget offers an edited assortment of its best-selling merchandise with urban dwellers in mind. Smaller pack sizes and a curated assortment mean these guests can easily carry home a smaller package of paper towels or shop for an apartment-scale bistro set, rather than a larger, six-piece patio set designed for suburban dwellers. CityTarget stores are typically smaller than traditional Target stores, ranging in size from 80,000 sq. ft. to 160,000 squ. ft., and are some of its highest traffic locations in the company. There are currently eight CityTarget stores, including three in Los Angeles, two in San Francisco, one in Seattle, one in Portland and one in Chicago.

General merchandise

Target continues to innovate with its general merchandise stores, testing new layouts and merchandise assortments to provide guests with a shopping experience that brings convenient, easy, personalized options. For example, the Fort Worth, Texas store will feature Target’s home product assortment in a lifestyle setting so guests can imagine how products might look in their own homes. In addition, the new Oahu-Kailua, Hawaii store will offer merchandise from approximately thirty local vendors to provide relevant merchandise for guests.

Community programs and partnerships

With each new store that Target builds, the company strives to bring its legacy of giving to the local community through the programs and partnerships it supports. In 2015, Target will continue to sponsor numerous programs as part of its commitment to building strong communities including: Take Charge of Education; food donations; disaster response and relief; United Way Workplace Giving; National and Regional Days of Service; team member volunteerism; walks with national partners, including St. Jude and American Cancer Society; and local giving by individual stores through GiftCard grants and a Community Engagement Fund.

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AANP: The NP profession is seeing ‘explosive growth’

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of nurse practitioners licensed in the United States has nearly doubled over the past 10 years, rising from approximately 106,000 in 2004 to 205,000 as of Dec. 31, 2014, according to data recently released by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

AANP also showed that more than 15,000 men and women graduated from nurse practitioner programs during the 2012-13 academic year.

The news closely follows the U.S. News and World Report ranking of nurse practitioners as the second best overall job of 2015, the 50th year of the nurse practitioner profession. It also follows research findings indicating that 66% of primary care physicians recommend careers as nurse practitioners.

"The explosive growth of the nurse practitioner profession is a public health boon considering our nation's skyrocketing demand for high-quality, accessible care," said AANP president Ken Miller. "The challenge now will be right-sizing state and federal laws such that all patients will have full and direct access to nurse practitioners, and these expert and dedicated clinicians will be able to provide care to the top of their education and clinical training."

Nurse practitioners serve as primary and acute care providers across the country. They assess, order, perform and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests; make diagnoses; initiate and manage treatment; prescribe medications and non-pharmacologic treatments; and counsel patients, their families and communities. More than 50 years of peer-reviewed, independent research has shown nurse practitioners to be safe and cost-effective clinicians, with patient outcomes similar and sometimes better than those of physicians.

“All across the country, nurse practitioners are serving as a lifeline for patients, many who would otherwise struggle to access care,” said David Hebert, CEO of AANP. “It is our hope that these patients, as well as their families, employers and legislators, will join us in recognizing and honoring the national nurse practitioner community throughout this milestone 50th anniversary year.

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Guardian increases disability insurance coverage for NPs, PAs

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NEW YORK — The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, a mutual life insurer and a provider of individual disability income insurance, has announced new options for nurse practitioners and physician assistants interested in individual disability income insurance.
 
Under Guardian’s Special Limits for New Professionals Program for NPs and PAs, certified first-year NPs and PAs are now eligible for up to $10,000 in individual DI coverage without proof of income, and final year students can receive up to $6,000 in coverage. Among the fastest-growing occupations in the medical arena, these professions are expected to grow nearly 38% over the next eight years, compared with an 11% expected growth rate for all occupations.
 
"The educational requirements for NPs and PAs have increased considerably over the last few years, with many employers now requiring advanced degrees for these positions. New professionals often incur student loan debt that far exceeds their current income," said Gordon Dinsmore, SVP, disability income insurance. "Guardian now provides NPs and PAs with flexible, robust coverage that factors in their future income potential and protects against the financial impact of a disability.”

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