I worked for Target for 10.5 years. I don't want it to happen because a lot of great people work there but the writing is on the wall. The moment that Ulrich retired is pretty much the moment that the company took a turn from expanding their footprint and caring about in store brand to... not. Yes, they still opened more stores after but there was a massive slowdown.Hopefully they phase you out first
There's a lot going on here overall. 2008 hit, Steinhaffel eliminated a bunch of positions as a result and used it as an excuse to continue to eliminate hours and positions regardless of it needing to happen or not, to not just maintain profitability but to increase it. He also had a massive ego with no long term vision and his implementation of the rollout into Canada was a disaster for multiple reasons. They were doing instocks on pen and paper and it was his idea to scrap the US system, lol. At least for a while, I didn't stay tuned into it.
Then Cornell came and made it abundantly clear that literally the only thing that mattered was short term profit. Guest experience and in store cleanliness mattered about a tenth of what it used to. He likely has no care in his heart for the long term. Again, golden parachute.
Couple these clowns/psychos with the fact that online shopping is putting a ton of pressure on them and it's just so obvious.
If you've been aware of the Target experience for the past 20+ years, there should be no question that the in store experience is night and day comparing then to now.