Target was originally founded in 1902 as the Dayton Dry Goods Company. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Target’s innovations lead the way in the retail industry. 96% of people recognize the Bullseye, beating out the Nike swoosh and the Apple logo. They are the second largest discount retailer behind Wal-Mart. The company announced an international expansion by venturing into Canada in January of 2011. They accomplished this by purchasing 220 stores of the Canadian chain, known as Zellers. Shoppers can find just about anything in a Target store and is known to be of higher quality than their biggest competitor, Wal-Mart. They sell DVDs, CDs, clothing, jewelry, health and beauty products, bedding, kitchen supplies, sporting goods, toys, automotive goods, pet supplies, hardware supplies, and anything else you could possibly need. The majority of stores also provide services such as Target Optical, Target Clinic, a portrait studio, and a garden sore. Upon leaving most Target stores, shoppers can even stop at a Starbucks, Jamba Juice, or Pizza Hut Express, which are located inside the store next to the exit.
Working for Target
The goals at Target are always clear, which keeps the employees more motivated. In order for the atmosphere in stores to be clean and friendly, the workplace for team members need to be just as clean and organized because energy is contagious. Target offers a wide variety of health benefits options to cover all types of employees. You can choose to go with a health reimbursement account, a health savings account, a PPO plan, or an HMO plan. All of these medical care plans include vision benefits as well. For wealth benefits, Target’s TGT 401K plan is considered to be the best in the retail industry, which makes it very easy for employees to develop a generous retirement savings. Employees can save before-tax earnings from each paycheck to put towards elder or childcare as well. Target jobs range from internships, to hourly positions, to pharmacies, all the way to business professionals.