First Look: Target’s remodeled store in Minneapolis
Target has given its two-level store at Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis a $10 million top-to-bottom overhaul that combines the best of the retailer’s digital and technology upgrades, elevated merchandise presentations and fulfillment services, with a goal to making the shopping experience fast, efficient and fun.
The Nicollet Mall store is just steps away from Target’s headquarters and is the first in the Twin Cities area to feature its next generation of design elements. The location is one of 45 remodels the retailer has completed to date, with 65 more stores on track be renovated throughout the fall.
The overall look of the remodeled Nicollet Mall store is more modern, and features concrete floors, wood-plank walls, LED lighting, and elevated product displays. An oversized custom mural, designed by local artists and located on the second floor, showcases historic moments and landmarks from Minneapolis — including a nod to the Dayton family, who founded Target’s predecessor, The Dayton Company.
In other key highlights:
• Merchandise is displayed in “shops” throughout the store. The beauty department, complete with huge digital screens, looks more like a specialty shop, and home products are displayed in lifestyle settings.
• The remodeled food and beverage department was moved to the front of the store for customer convenience. The redesign features a market of fresh produce and grab-and-go items, and items cross-merchandised so shoppers can quickly pull together meals.
• The retailer is testing a “Made in MN” product collection near the second floor entrance, which includes a variety of products from local businesses and makers.
“We’re always thinking about the different ways a guest might want to shop on any given day,” stated Joe Perdew, VP, store design, Target, who heads up the chain’s 175-person design team. “Sometimes, they only have 10 minutes and want to grab an order quickly using Order Pickup. Other times, they have 45 minutes — time to grab a coffee at Starbucks and browse the aisles. And sometimes, they want to shop online from the comfort of their couch. Our goal is to make it a great Target experience no matter which way they choose to shop.”
By the end of 2019, Target expects to have remodeled more than one-third of its 1,800 stores.
Survey: Walmart, Target and Old Navy tops in awareness — and that’s not all
Back-to-school advertising appears to be losing some of its resonance with consumers.
Walmart, Target and Old Navy scored the highest awareness levels among consumers (with children under the age of 18) in a survey of BTS advertising from 30 retailers by YouGov BrandIndex. But many retailers scored less than last year.
For example, 42% of the surveyed parents recall Walmart's advertising, compared to 50% at this time last year. Target's advertising is recalled by 34.3%, while Old Navy is recalled by 30.9%.
Walmart, Target and Old Navy also lead the list of retailers that parents are considering for their next purchase. Marshalls, H&M and Footlocker were among the retailers racking up major gains in purchase consideration.
Old Navy is tops in value perception, followed by Walmart and Target.
Walmart expands online grocery delivery via Uber
The nation's largest retailer continues to beef up its defenses against Amazon.
Walmart is expanding its online grocery delivery pilot via Uber to Orlando and Dallas. The pilot is currently ongoing in Phoenix and Tampa, Fla. (The chain also runs its own grocery delivery service in Denver and San Jose, California.) Walmart announced the expansion just days prior to a scheduled vote by Whole Foods Market's shareholders on its pending acquisition by Amazon.
"We’ve been testing delivery in a number of ways for a while now in key markets across the country," said Mike Turner, VP, eCommerce operations, Walmart, in a blog on the company's website. "In some areas, we’re trying general merchandise deliveries led by associates. In others, we’re testing grocery delivery using Walmart trucks and drivers. We’re working hard to find a way to get you fresh, quality groceries all while keeping a little more time on your calendar.
Under the pilot with Uber, after the customer's order is prepared, an Uber driver comes to the appropriate Walmart store, picks up the order and takes it directly to the customer’s location.
In addition its grocery delivery pilots, Walmart offers customers the ability to pick up online grocery orders at some 900 of its stores.