Kavita Kumar | Star Tribune
Reporter | Retail merchandise

Kavita Kumar covers the fast-changing retail landscape. She reports about Target, Best Buy, Mall of America, and other national and local retailers as well shopping trends.


Photographer and chronicler of indigenous plight, Richard Bancroft dies at 90

Richard “Dick” Bancroft combined his lifelong hobby of taking pictures with his passion for social justice to become the unofficial photographer of the American Indian…


Executive Shari Ballard is leaving Best Buy

The senior executive vice president said the timing is right while the company is doing well.


CDs become bargain bin fodder as sales dwindle, but vinyl on the rise

CDs are on their way out at the nation's largest retailers. But some audiophiles and enthusiasts hang on to them. And they're about half of the revenue at stores like Electric Fetus in Minneapolis.


Target rolls out college order pickup program

As students head back to school, Target wants to supply more of their dorm decor and supplies.


Minneapolis startup Inspectorio raises $10 million with help from Target, Ecolab

It will use the money to further expand its efforts to modernize and improve how retailers monitor their supply chains.


Minneapolis startup Gravy brings game show shopping to your phone

New app Gravy, launched by veteran local entrepreneurs, wins over millennials with energy, suspense, competition.


Hip eyeglass purveyor Warby Parker moving into its own space in North Loop

The eyeglass maker's success has it heading for its own location.


Yoga Center of Mpls. teachers forming new venture

Founder, partners build The Yoga Center Retreat to house classes and revive a teacher-training program.


Target chief diversity officer not afraid to stand out, push tough conversations

Caroline Wanga, the company's chief diversity officer, said her message is clear: Be yourself.


Minnesota retail, service sector gearing up for strong year

Buoyed by a stronger economy, many of Minnesota's largest retailers had a better-than-expected 2017 and are gearing up for another strong year of sales.