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Target Says 70 Million More Customers Compromised in Cyber ID Theft

Just one week before the Christmas holiday the giant retail chain store Target announced that their computer data bases had been compromised and at least 40 million credit cards numbers with their accompanying personal information had been stolen. As a result of that incident and the subsequent announcement sales at Target, during the busiest time of year, fell between two to six percent.

Neiman Marcus experienced a similar breach, but refrained from stating the number of customers affected. It is thought that other large retail chains also had their security compromised, but they refrained from going public with the information in fear of the negative affect such a revelation will have on business.

Last week Target confessed that an additional 70 million credit cards were included in the theft. CEO of Target, Greg Steinhafel said that, “We are accountable and we are responsible.”

Original reports announcing the theft only included basic consumer information such as credit card number, name, address, and telephone number. However, Target confirmed more recently that the hackers were able to also retrieve debit PIN numbers. Having PIN numbers could set bank accounts at risk if the ID thieves can break the encryption code of the debit card PIN numbers.

Consumers should realize that they are not subject to any liability for fraudulent transactions, especially if they are reported in a timely fashion to the credit card companies of debit card issuer. However the theft and subsequent fraud certainly causes stress and inconvenience for consumers.  It is important for consumers to do whatever they can to prevent ID theft. Some victims of ID theft have been known to experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Black Friday Bargains and Extended Hours Boost Sales for Retailers

The day after Thanksgiving is known to retailers and consumers as Black Friday. On this day smart shoppers take to the malls in droves, gearing up for the Christmas giving season with slashed prices only available on this special day.

Consumers can expect highly reduced prices on everything from toys, clothing, electronics, and much more.

According to BlackFriday2011.com, a type of WikiLeaks for serious Black Friday shoppers who want to see advertisements before they get published, there is expected to be 220 million people bargain hunting this coming Friday, up from 212 million last year.

Black Friday is incredibly important to retailers. SpendingPulse, a market analysis outlet, estimates that Black Friday business is worth as much as $20 billion in sales, with many of the largest shopping outlets opening earlier with extended hours.

Toys R Us is planning on opening at 10pm on Thursday night, just enough time to barely digest the Thanksgiving Turkey. Sears will be open on Thursday morning, interfering with consumers’ ability to watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; and Walmarts is not taking any closing time at all.

“They’re all trying to take market share away from each other,” Cynthia Groves, head of global retail consulting at Newmarket Knight Frank in Washington.

The longer hours for the shops has many people complaining, and is not seen universally as a good thing:

“It’s a national holiday, not a national shopping day,” wrote one signer or a petition to not open Target at midnight on Friday morning. “Encouraging people to shop in the middle of the night is bizarre,” added another petitioner.

Target Corp Is Right on Target

Target Corp. is the second largest discount retailer in America, second only to Walmart. Target is number 33 in the Fortune 500 and is one of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index stocks.

This retail chain has almost 110 years of retail experience and asset acquisition. Today, the chain has over 1,490 stores. In addition, it has purchased leaseholds for Canadian stores and expects to open 100 to 150 stores in Canada by 2014.

What is interesting about Target is how they have organized their business into subsidiaries. They have:

A subsidiary for retail and financial services. It has a bank for business, issues credit cards, debit card, check cards and gift cards.

A subsidiary for purchasing merchandise from around the world for Target. The company deals with quality control, buying and shipping issues.

A subsidiary dealing with Target Corporation’s store brands. There are over 800 products in 40 product categories that carry private brands.

A subsidiary to manage and perform all of Target’s e-commerce activities.

Each company is focused on its own particular niche of making Target Corporation work smoothly.  Each subsidiary is accountable and management is able to focus on its own individual mission without getting lost in this huge corporation.

Some of the managers and officers at Target are: Stacia Andersen, Carmela Batacchi, Jane  Windmeier,  Jodeen A. Kozlak, Tina M. Schiel, Kathryn A. Tesija, Laysha L. Ward,  Douglas A. Scovanner and Janna Adair-Potts.