Business news on Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota | StarTribune.com

Target and Wal-Mart paint diverging future strategies

Target CEO Brian Cornell talked about the retailer's prototype store at the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas.

While Target is focusing on its stores as "shoppable distribution centers" where people can come in and browse core products, Wal-Mart is placing higher bets on e-commerce as it looks to take on Amazon.com directly.

Talent recruiter says Minn. health tech firms face daunting labor shortages

Paula J. Norbom

Minnesota is famous for its dense cluster of health-technology companies. But talent recruiter Paula Norbom said she thinks the state's legacy could be tough to sustain.

Does Neil Gorsuch's nomination portend shift in balance between judges, regulators?

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

While the arcane precedent recognizing the right of civil servants to write policies that implement U.S. laws may sound boring, sacking it, as Gorsuch has suggested, will resonate for businesses and citizens across the country.

Schafer: Minneapolis firm's Robot Fear Index shows little fear

So why publish an indicator of how much many of us fear the future with the technology of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics and virtual reality?

Self-driving Uber SUV struck during Arizona accident

Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles.

Carrier deal touted by Trump unusual for Indiana

The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state of Indiana as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a third of its some 1,600 jobs.

Poker tables keep decreasing on Nevada casino floors

When the Monte Carlo casino closes its eight-table poker room in about a month as part of a $450 million overhaul, the Las Vegas Strip will be down nearly a quarter of the tables it had a decade ago.


Schafer: Minneapolis firm's Robot Fear Index shows little fear
Lee Schafer

So why publish an indicator of how much many of us fear the future with the technology of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics and virtual reality?

Study: Elder fraud cost extends to caregivers
Inside Track

Caregivers, often relatives, also are likely victims of financial fraud against the elderly, according to Allianz Life survey.


These economies are seen improving dramatically this year

Expect more good news than bad when it comes to global growth this year, led by recoveries in several of Latin America’s largest economies, a…


Google, Levi's collaborate on new Commuter jacket for bikers

LEVI’s Commuter jacket $350 Google helps with quest for ‘smart’ fashion Google and Levi’s unveiled their newest product this month at SXSW in Austin. The…


China firm buys stake in SeaWorld, sending shares up

Big splash: SeaWorld Entertainment shares rose 5 percent to $18.13 Friday after the company said China’s Zhonghong Zhuoye Group bought a 21 percent stake in…


Bookshelf: To Be a Machine

To Be A Machine   Mark O’Connell, Doubleday, 241 pages, $26.95. The titans of Silicon Valley technology in “To Be a Machine”— Peter Thiel, Larry…


Minnesota hay being shipped to wildfire-stricken states

Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order to ease vehicle restrictions to help speed up emergency shipments over the next two weeks to four states scorched by wildfires.


North St. Paul retiree tries to blend his love of coffeehouse brew and single-serve convenience

Retired engineer wanted to help his favorite coffee shop sell its blends in popular pods


London office market remains hot

Brexit has not slowed things down so far.


The $184K mistake IRA savers could make

An analysis of after-tax values shows that for most financial scenarios, a Roth IRA beats the traditional IRA hands down


Big chains don't want to be considered employers of franchise workers

Under Obama, the NLRB argued that companies that have control over workers are "joint employers."


Aviation Charter's comeback signified in CEO's big award

CEO Shirley Wikner of Aviation Charter has built the Eden Prairie-based fly, fuel and repair business into a 10-plane, 54-employee company that has improved its…