Canada: Target's next bull's-eye

  • Article by: THOMAS LEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2013 - 7:46 AM

After half a century, the company makes its first step toward global retailing.

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touch128Jan. 12, 1311:49 PM

I wish them good luck in Canada. But they must understand that Canada is a Union Country. They know what happened to Wall-Mart. But Wall-Mart said we don't need Canada. Big mistake. I hope Target will not reject a Union vote like Wall-Mart did and close the store. That don't work that well in Canada. A union work force will give Target a better work then what they have in the U.S.

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iaminagJan. 13, 13 4:25 AM

The Toronto "National Post" recently reported that there now are more Americans emigrating to Canada than Canadians emigrating to the US, for the first time in Canadian history. They will add to the already 1 million Americans and Canadians with American parentage who already live there. Since most of them would already know Target, these American emigrants might make perfect customers for Target in Canada.

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rayk1800Jan. 13, 1310:21 AM

Sales tax is the big issue for brick and morter retailers. If people buy off Amazon who isn't collecting sales tax in most states, it hurts companies like Target, Walmart and also deprives states of revenue. Revenue is important because it supports the infrastructure like roads that are used to deliver products. If you want strong companies that pay their way, the playing field needs to be leveled and sales tax needs to be collected and distributed to the states. If you don't, you end up with lower wage jobs without benefits due to the competition with online retailers.

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maintenantJan. 13, 1312:05 PM

Target's presence in Canada may be mutually beneficial. Part of the news story said: "In addition to steady economic growth, the country has weathered the global financial crisis better than most nations." Canadian financial regulations stayed strong while those in the U.S. weakened, one factor in the U.S. financial crisis. One outcome of Canada's financial management resulted in a stronger banks and a stronger Loon, Canada's currency.

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iaminagJan. 13, 13 2:02 PM

@maintenant: Canada's economy is in better shape than the US's. In addition to having kept its banks under control, the Canadian Federal government has not run the high budget deficits that the US Federal government has. Also, its balance of payments has also not run the high deficits that the US's current account has. The economy in western Canada, particular Alberta, is very strong. Canada's relatively strong economy is a primary reason why significantly more Americans are emigrating to Canada than Canadians emigrating to the US.

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orbit79Jan. 14, 13 7:24 AM

I hope the Canadian Targets house Tim Hortons inside (instead of Starbucks). Then it'd always be time for Tims at Target, am I right? :)

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unicorn4711Jan. 14, 13 9:31 AM

Germany and Austria are doing really well with low unemployment. I've lived in both. Target could be successful there. The people generally like low cost and stylish, which is Target's niche. You add in German speaking Target and that's about 90 million people between Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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koorbaJan. 14, 13 9:55 AM

I can hardly wait for Target to arrive in Canada BUT I hope they can get their website user friendly. We have a 6 digit postal code in Canada(zip code in the U.S,) with a combination of letters/numbers which does not work on the Target web site. I could not even call Target in the U.S. because you have to put in your postal code before dialing.I finally cut up my Target card..it was too much of a hassle and getting bills send to Canada was a lost cause since it takes at least 10 days to get mail from Minneapolis to central Sask. a 16 hour drive!! Of course this was 10 years ago so I can only hope the postal code problem has already been fixed.

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unicorn4711Jan. 14, 1310:48 AM

A Tim Horton's store inside isn't a bad idea at all. Canadians rush for that stuff.

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unicorn4711Jan. 14, 1310:51 AM

@koorba. You have to put in a postal code before you can speak with anyone? That's just bad. They need to change that immediately. I think for a lot of Minnesotans, the success of Target matters. It has a cultural embodiment of practical yet stylish and sophisticated that Minnesotans feel they have. It's like any time Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks high in anything, the regional fanboys as far away as Brainerd or Morris shout success.

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