One reason for Mr. Market’s new faith in Target is online sales. For example, Target became one of eMarketer’s U.S. Top 10 online retailers for the first time in 2019. eMarketer predicts Target’s ecommerce grew by 24% to $8.34 billion in 2020.Read more
Coronavirus threatens Target because US e-commerce sales grew by 20.5% in April, Digital Commerce 360 estimates.Read more
Significantly, Target is generating less cash. In particular, Target’s free cash flow fell from $1.755 billion on 3 August 2019 to $357 million on 2 November 2019. However, Target’s free cash flow rose from -$327 million on 4 May 2019.Read more
Discount department store operator TJX’s share price grew by 0.37%; or 22₵, to $59.39 by midday on 25 November 2019. Discount legend Target’s stock went from $110.47 on 19 November 2019 to $125.29 on 25 November 2019. Thus Target shares grew by $14.82 in less than a week.Read more
One of the few ways, Target can fight Amazon is to recruit allies. Predictably, Target is partnering with Disney (NYSE: DIS) for an anti-Amazon offensive.Read more
Target will have to up its delivery game dramatically just survive in that retail environment. Consequently, Target will need to spend a lot of money it lacks just to stay competitive.Read more
An obvious added benefit to Skip-the-Line is keeping ship-to-store customers out of register or service-counter lines.
Moreover, an associate with a tablet could reduce lines by asking customers if they want to pay via Skip-the-Line. Therefore, associates will spend all their time stocking and helping customers rather than standing behind a register.
Additionally, Skip-the-Line could make it faster, easier, and cheaper for Target to open new stores. To clarify, Target might open new stores with fewer registers and no customer service desk.
An obvious long-term goal of the Skip-the-Line is stores without cash registers. Thus, Target could open up in empty stores, buyout smaller chains, or open pop-up stores in malls and other retailers’ locations instantly.
A Target pop-up store inside a Kroger supermarket, a mall, or even a subway station for example. Obviously, Skip-the-Line will enable to open pop-ups all over the place without registers.
Another use for Skip-the-Line will be to allow delivery drivers to collect payment directly from customers. To explain, the driver will carry a Skip-the-Line device that will collect payment from the customer before delivery.Read more
The goal of Smartly; however, is also to counter Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN). Target’s management hopes Smartly will lure in customers by offering prices lower than anything Amazon can provide.
Few retailers are in more danger from Amazon than Target. Amazon competes for Target’s core customer base; the urban and suburban middle class, in particular.
For example, Target’s target customer is a 35-year-old suburban soccer mom. Unfortunately, that soccer mom is the person most likely to belong to Amazon Prime.
An obvious use of Smartly is to get people under 30 (Millennials) used to shopping at Target. Target hopes to turn those Millennials into loyal customers by the time they have kids.
Some of the biggest brands out there made the move to online retail a good few years ago, and although the infographic created by Red Brain shows they have had some incredible sales, it is nothing compared to what their sales are in their physical stores.
Although people appreciate a brand being online, they are not ready to see their favourite brands disappear from the high streets completely.Read more
A likely outcome of this is the only CDs left will be those from superstars with guaranteed audiences; such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift. Swift did sell over 500,000 CDs of her Redemption album. That is nothing compared to digital; where Swift sold 925,000 copies of her Reputation album in three days last year.Read more