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Target slashes prices on 5,000 items across its assortment

The retail giant just lowered the price on 1,500 items and plans to cut thousands more this summer.
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Two days ahead of its Q1 earnings call, Target announced that it’s lowering prices for 5,000 “frequently shopped items across its assortment,” including milk, bread, diapers, and pet food. So far the retailer has lowered the “everyday regular prices” on 1,500 products and plans to cut thousands more over the summer.

"We know consumers are feeling pressured to make the most of their budget, and Target is here to help them save more," Rick Gomez, executive vice president and chief food, essentials and beauty officer at Target, said in a press release.

The cuts will apply to national brands across its food and beverage, health and beauty, and household essentials departments, as well as private-label brands such as Good & Gather and Everspring.

Matt Pavich, senior director of strategy and innovation at Revionics, told Retail Brew that Target is focused on what are commonly referred to as key value indicators (KVI)—items that influence a customer’s perception of a retailer’s pricing vis a vis its competitors.

“Target's move to address price fatigue by cutting prices on 5,000 essential items is the latest evidence that prices are coming down in the categories consumers care about most,” he wrote in an email. “This is essential as endless consumer surveys and sales data show that consumers are unshakably looking for value.”

But price cutting is just one way Target is trying to stay competitive. The markdowns come as the company continues the roll-out of its new loyalty and membership program, Target Circle, which gives shoppers an extra 5% off their purchases. In addition, it recently expanded its low-priced private-label brand dealworthy and relaunched its everyday essentials brand up&up.

Target has struggled somewhat in recent quarters to sustain sales. Its Q4 2023 earnings showed comparable sales falling 4.4% from the previous quarter, and forecasted that full year 2024 sales would be flat or increase a modest 2%. The retailer has also invested more in growing alternative revenue streams. Notable examples include its membership program and in-house advertising business.

Retail news that keeps industry pros in the know

Retail Brew delivers the latest retail industry news and insights surrounding marketing, DTC, and e-commerce to keep leaders and decision-makers up to date.