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A flash mob Target style

BY CSA STAFF

Target shoppers at a store in Van Nuys, Calif. were surprised, and briefly inconvenienced, when a flash mob assembled by season nine American Idol contestant Todrick Hall took over the front end of the store and blocked access to check-out stands. Dozens of dancers dressed in red and black outfits performed a well-choreographed routine in the aisles of the store to Beyonce’s single, “End of time.” At the conclusion of the routine they dispersed into nearby merchandise displays and checkout lanes leaving Hall in the aisle alone with a shopping cart as applause is heard in the background.

Click here to see what went on in the store.

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Walgreens to offer customized online stationery service

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — PNI Digital Media on Monday announced an agreement with Walgreens to provide and operate an online stationery service for the Chicago-based pharmacy.

The service will allow Walgreens customers to create and customize unique cards, invitations and other printed material, including personalized photo books and photo calendars, wedding invitations and business cards.

According to reports, the PNI Digital Media Platform reaches more than 14,000 retail locations around the world, 9,000 of which offer a one-hour pick up service.

PNI also is partnered with Costco, Sam’s Club, CVS/pharmacy, Walmart Canada, Tesco and Fred Meyer, among others.

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Digital revival overdue as Target.com leaking visitors

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It’s a good thing Target is preparing a major relaunch of its digital platform considering traffic to the company’s website has decelerated this year, according to online measurement firm comScore, which publishes a monthly list of the top 50 U.S. Web properties. Target climbed back into comScore’s to 50 ranking in June with 23.8 million unique visitors. That was enough to secure a 48th place ranking and end a four-month absence from the list, but Target’s June traffic numbers were actually well below the same month the prior year when comScore showed the retailer ranked 43rd with 26.9 million unique visitors.

To be fair, the only other conventional retailer consistently among the top 50 is Walmart, so the fact that Target floats in and out of the rankings is less of a concern than the year-over-year decline in unique visitors given that the online channel is growing.

Target could see some acceleration in July and August related to Back-To-School activity, but the big pop won’t come until later this year when company is expected to make a major marketing push around the relaunch of its website in advance of the holidays. Even if that weren’t the case, holiday shoppers can be relied upon to produce a huge spike in traffic during November and December as was the case last year when comScore pegged Target.com’s number of unique visitors in November 2010 at 39.8 million followed by 37.3 million uniques in December. Given the elevated expectations surrounding the company’s imminent online relaunch failing to handily exceed last year’s traffic numbers would be a huge disappointment.

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