Michaels reveals breach details; 2.6 million cards affected
Irving, Texas — Three months after the country’s largest arts and crafts chain revealed that its namesake and subsidiary stores had been hacked in what promised to be a major payment card security breach, Michaels Stores revealed late Thursday that 2.6 million cards were likely affected in the attack.
The data breach, which occurred between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014, affected about 7% of all debit credit cards used at its namesake stores, said Michaels; its subsidiary Aaron Bros. had about 400,000 cards potentially affected across 54 of its stores.
The retailer was quick to point out that the security breach has been contained. It said that it has received “limited” reports of fraudulent payment card use, and that it is providing free fraud assistance, identity protection and credit-monitoring services to impacted customers.
The compromised data includes customer information such as payment card numbers and expiration dates. According to Michaels, there is no evidence that other personal information such as names, addresses or PIN numbers have been tapped.
"Our customers are always number one priority and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused," said Chuck Rubin, CEO of Michaels, in a statement.
Harris Teeter adds yearly payment option to online shopping program
Matthews, N.C. — Harris Teeter announced Thursday it has launched a new, yearly payment option for its Express Lane Online Shopping program.
In addition to the $4.95 per order option and the $16.95 monthly option — already in place for shoppers who frequently use the service — shoppers can now choose to pay $99.95 for the entire year, allowing them to place as many orders as they would like throughout the year without incurring additional charges.
Shoppers can simply add the yearly fee to their Express Lane Online Shopping bill when placing an order. From that date, the normal service fee will be automatically waived on all orders for the next 365 days.
“Our shoppers love the convenience of Harris Teeter’s Express Lane Online Shopping service,” said communication specialist Danna Jones. “While they are running kids to and from soccer practice and managing their busy lives, we take care of the shopping. Our Express Lane experts not only hand-select the highest quality and freshest items available, but they also load the groceries into the shopper’s car and process payment curbside. Our customers never have to leave their vehicle.”
Report: Target increases online subscription assortment
Minneapolis – Target has increased the number of goods it offers for sale via online subscription by adding more than 1,600 items, according to the Associated Press. The chain started the service last fall, by offering some 150 baby products for delivery.
In addition to adding more items, Target is expanding the assortment to include a wider range of goods,
Target’s subscription plan is free and provides deliveries in four-, six-, eight-, 10- and 12-week installments. The retailer is primarily trying to compete with similar Amazon.com programs such as Subscribe and Save and Amazon Prime.
Target executives said subscription sales of baby items, introduced in fall 2013, now account for about 15% of the retailer’s online sales.