NEW YORK (AP) — Target is taking aim at rival Amazon by expanding a service that regularly delivers products to shoppers’ homes.
The nation’s second-largest discounter started its subscription service in September by offering 150 baby products, like baby wipes and diapers, for delivery.
Target is expanding that program tenfold by adding nearly 1,600 items, from beauty products to pet supplies to home office supplies. The discounter also is offering a 5 percent discount on items ordered through the program.
The service — and shipping — are free. And there is no minimum on orders: Shoppers can order one tube of toothpaste shipped each month if they want.
Target is playing catch-up in the subscription business, which allows shoppers to arrange for regular delivery of certain products. The subscription business has exploded in recent years as companies test shoppers’ appetites to have everything from socks to razors to sex toys delivered on a regular basis. For some services, the exact products remain a mystery until they’re shipped, while others focus on items shoppers use regularly.
Amazon.com has been a big force in the subscription space through its Subscribe & Save service, which offers a 15 percent discount on an array of necessities that are scheduled for delivery. — AP
Michaels says 2.6 million cards possibly breached
NEW YORK (AP) — Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.
The nation’s largest arts and crafts chain said its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked, with about 400,000 cards potentially affected.
Irving, Texas-based Michaels said that it has contained the incident, which began last year. It has received “limited” reports of fraud from banks and the payment card brands that are potentially connected to the breach.
The compromised data includes customer information such as payment card numbers and expiration dates.
Michaels’ report comes as many shoppers worry about the safety of their personal data following a massive pre-Christmas security breach at Target Corp. that affected 40 million debit and credit cards. — AP