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.


Former Target and Uber exec Jeff Jones named CEO of H&R Block

'I'm not walking into a troubled situation,' Jones said about leading the nation's biggest tax preparer.


Target's Nicollet Mall store makeover gives glimpse into plan to retool stores

The $10 million makeover of the Nicollet Mall Target is complete, giving a glimpse of the Minneapolis retailer's plan to retool its stores


'Green shoots' emerge as Target pulls out of yearlong sales slump

But the higher costs to fulfill online orders and a broader price-cutting effort eroded Target's bottom line. Its second-quarter profit fell 1.2 percent.


Target ends yearlong sales slump with growth in store, online traffic

But the higher costs to fulfill online orders and the company's efforts to lower prices eroded its bottom line. Target's net profit in the second quarter dropped 1.2 percent.


Target acquires delivery technology firm, beefs up grocery team

Big changes coming with third-party delivery firm, revamped grocery team.


Target Techstars graduate Branch Messenger expanding with $6.8 million round of funding

Move from California put workplace app closer to venture capital, big firms.


Target steps up its game to court the college crowd

Target is cutting back its after-hours shopping events for students who were bused in from campuses, and is trying different strategies.


Best Buy restructuring Geek Squad, eliminates 400 remote jobs nationwide

The employees, most of whom work remotely, will be offered other positions in the company.


Twin Cities shoppers could be considered procrastinators in back-to-school shopping

That's because many schools start here after Labor Day, retail experts say. We're also expected to spend less than the national average.


Best Buy adds Dyson in-store shops to demo vacuums, hair dryers

Customers will be able to try out products such as vacuums, $400 hair dryer.