A retail giant like Target wouldn’t probably want the registers at all of its locations across the country to freeze up at the same time but that’s precisely what happened yesterday. Due to a technical glitch, Target registers across the country suffered an outage for almost two hours during mid-day. Customers were thus prevented from making purchases even in self-checkout lines.
With Amazon planning to make one-day delivery the standard for Prime members, Target is improving its same-day delivery offering as well. The retailer today announced that it’s making it easier for customers to have their purchases delivered on the same day. They will be able to place their orders directly on Target.com and have them delivered by Shipt.
Target acquired same-day grocery delivery service Shipt last year for over $500 million. Target’s acquisition was viewed as a response to Walmart and Amazon’s grocery delivery businesses. However, Target has not limited the service to groceries only and it’s going to expand its reach even further come 2019.
In theory Apple Pay sounds like a great idea considering how many iPhone users there are. However not all retailers have hopped on board and understandably so given that they would lock themselves into Apple’s ecosystem. Instead what some, such as Walmart, have done, is launch their own mobile payments system.
Target wants more of your dollars during the holiday season which is why the retailer has announced that it’s removing the minimum amount required for free shipping. It normally requires customers to have $35 worth of products in their basket to qualify for free two-day shipping.
Compared to back in the day, finding an EV charger these days is considerably easier. Granted it’s probably still not quite as ubiquitous compared to gas stations, but we’re getting there. In fact if you’re the owner of an electric vehicle, you might be interested to learn that Target has announced that they will be expanding the number of EV chargers across their stores.
Amazon isn’t the only company that played with the idea of having groceries dropped straight to your car after you purchase them online and head over to the appropriate location to pick up your order. Target launched a similar service last year called Drive Up, as the name suggests, customers just drive up to the store and an employee will load them in their car.
If there was ever an advantage that brick and mortar retailers had over online retailers such as Amazon was that you could go into the store and walk away with your purchase there and then. This is versus waiting for a delivery which could take several days. However this has clearly changed as in recent times, Amazon has made same-day deliveries a thing.
Market analysts are making their predictions about the massive acquisitions that we might see happening in 2018. Just yesterday, a couple of Citi analysts predicted that Apple might buy Netflix. Now we have another analyst predicting that Amazon is going to buy Target this year. If that’s true, it would mean that Amazon’s shakeup on the retail landscape may not be over yet.
It is no secret that when it comes to retailers, Amazon is one of the companies to beat. Not only does Amazon offer a ton of products across a wide range of categories, but what sets the company apart is their logistics network, in which they are capable of sending out products that arrive on the same day itself.
When it comes to shopping, we can choose to shop at a store in person or shop online. Clearly there are benefits to both, such as being able to see a product for yourself in person, and being able to take it home with you on the spot. Shopping online however offers a more convenient option if you do not have time, or can’t be bothered to go out.
The problem with online shopping is that everything you see is a photo, which for the most part has usually been photoshopped to make it look better and more appealing to customers. However we all have probably encountered instances where an item we thought looked nice online ended up looking out of place or ugly in real-life.
Amazon has over the years built up a very impressive logistics network. Over time this has allowed the company to control their logistics to the point where they can even offer customers same-day deliveries, which does solve one of the problems of online shopping which is the waiting for your package to arrive.
Apple is rumored to conduct an event later this month to unveil new iPads and possibly new iPhone models as well. The company hasn’t confirmed anything as yet but since it normally unveils new iPads in March it’s highly likely that an event will take place this month. According to a new report, retailer Target has instructed its stores to return several iPhone SE models to Apple by today. It’s […]