11 clean, eco-friendly, and sustainable beauty brands you can find at Target – and what to buy from each

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In recent years, Target has made a massive effort to bring on clean, natural, sustainable, or otherwise eco-friendly brands – so you can worry less about buyer’s remorse on your next shopping spree.

From the recycled packaging of Love Beauty and Planet to the botanical-based makeup from W3LL People, the store carries ethically made beauty products at prices we love. Consider it the new “triple threat” – safe ingredients, sustainable packaging, and accessible pricing.

Target currently carries nearly 2,800 beauty products tagged with a Target Clean symbol, so you can make a more informed buying decision quickly and easily. These products meet Target’s own clean standards, so you won’t find formulas with parabens, sulfates, and other ingredients included on the retailer’s “No List.” Read more about this in our clean beauty FAQ, below.

Here are the 11 best clean beauty brands and products you can shop at Target:

Honest Beauty


Why we love it: Founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Company hits the two main components of clean beauty: transparency and safe ingredients. Each product follows a “no list” which is an evolving list of over 2,500 chemicals the brand chooses not to use. Honest also avoids listing fragrance as an ingredient because it can be used as an umbrella term to hide harmful ingredients. We love the Hydrogel Cream and 2-in-1 Mascara that’s won several beauty awards. 

Products you should try:

Hydrogel Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (small)Extreme Length 2-in-1 Mascara and Lash Primer (small)
Function of Beauty

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Why we love it: Function of Beauty has changed the world of beauty forever with its line of customizable haircare. (We love it so much we’ve recommended it several times over) Not only is it effective for different hair types but it contains safer ingredients. The formulas are 92% naturally-derived, sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and 100% vegan. Even the bottles and cartons are made with recycled materials that are 100% recyclable.

Take the Function of Beauty hair quiz here

Products you should try:

Wavy Hair Shampoo Base with Fermented Rice Water (small)Wavy Hair Conditioner Base with Argan Oil (small)Deep Condition #HairGoal Booster Shots with Apple Extract (small)

bliss Bright Idea Moisturizer

Why we love it: Along with being vegan and cruelty-free, Bliss products are thoughtfully formulated to be free from over 1,300 harmful substances you don’t want on your skin. The brand follows the European Union’s standards, considered to be the highest in the world for skincare safety. And, Bliss does your skincare game justice with its products. Powered by clinical-grade vitamin C and peptides, the Bright Idea line boosts brightness and elasticity in the first use.

Products you should try:

Clear Genius Clarifying Toner + Serum (small)Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Moisturizer (small)

Native Plastic Free Deodorant

Why we love it: Native creates clean bodycare products that are both paraben- and aluminum-free. And, the brand recently launched its fan-favorite deodorant in plastic-free packaging. (We’re big fans of the Coconut & Vanilla scent for its refreshing tropical smell) As a member of 1% for the Planet, Native donates 1% of Plastic Free sales to fight plastic pollution. Switching from the Classic packaging to Native Plastic Free will help reduce plastic waste by about 169 tons each year. 

Read our full review of Native deodorant here

Products you should try:

Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant (small)Coconut & Vanilla Body Wash (small)

Method Men Body Wash

Why we love it: Method makes cleanliness, well, clean. Popular for its gentle yet effective cleaning products, Method lets you clean your home sans the breath-holding side effects. The same can be said for its body washes, deodorants, and haircare, all of which are made without parabens or phthalates. The formulas are packed with plant-based cleansers that can be used by both families and their pets.

Products you should try:

Body Wash Energy Boost (small)Men Aluminum Free Deodorant (small)

Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm

Why we love it: Versed ingredients aren’t all natural, but they are all proven safe for the skin and body. “Not all natural ingredients are good for your skin — like poison ivy —  and not all synthetic ingredients are bad for your skin — like hyaluronic acid — so our ‘no list’ is informed by what the leading regulatory bodies are doing and what’s important to our community,” Melanie Bender, the president of Versed, told Insider.

Similar to Bliss, Versed formulates to EU standards, avoiding over 1,300 chemicals in their products. In addition to clean, safe formulations, Versed offers sustainable packaging. About 60% of the brand’s bottles, tubes, and boxes are recyclable.

Products you should try:

Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream (small)Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm (small)
Love Beauty and Planet

Love Beauty and Planet Soothe and Nourish Hemp Seed Shampoo

Why we love it: Personal-care company Love Beauty and Planet is all about the little things, making small tweaks to the sourcing, formulating, and design processes for its products (which include haircare, deodorant, and even dish soap), to cut down on waste in more ways than one.

For starters, every bottle is made from 100% recycled materials and can be recycled (by you) once they’re empty. The ingredients are ethically sourced and organic; and while that’s great for your skin and hair, it’s also great for the fair-wage workers that harvest said ingredients. Love Beauty and Planet’s haircare products feature something they call “fast-rinse technology,” which means you can take shorter showers and save water. 

Products you should try:

Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Radical Refresher Conditioner (small)Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Radical Refresher Conditioner (small)

hello Activated Charcoal Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

Why we love it: Toothpaste may be an afterthought for some, but many traditional formulas feature less-than-natural ingredients and potentially harmful chemicals, like parabens and peroxide. That’s where oral-care brand Hello comes in. “Our products are free of artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, dyes, SLS/sulfates, parabens, microbeads, triclosan, and peroxide,” Craig Dubitsky, the founder of Hello, told Insider. 

Its Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste (our top choice) is a must since it leaves your mouth feeling fresh and is sourced from sustainable bamboo. “Our products are vegan and cruelty-free, and our pastes and rinses are made in the US,” Dubitsky added. 

Products you should try:

Activated Charcoal Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste (small)Sensitivity Relief Fluoride Toothpaste (small, Preferred: Target)
W3LL People

W3LL People Expressionist Pro Mascara

Why we love it: All of W3LL People’s formulas — from foundation and highlighter to mascara and lipstick — are formulated with hydrating, plant-based ingredients and contain no toxic chemicals, fillers, or preservatives. Basically, the brand is all about the power of botanicals. Its favorite is aloe vera, which was known as “the plant of immortality” by the ancient Egyptians, and can be found in almost every product W3LL People makes. Plus, one of the founders is a professional makeup artist, so you know the formulas hold up.

Products you should try:

Expressionist Pro Mascara (small)Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer with SPF 30 (small)

Saalt Soft Menstrual Cup   Regular

Why we love it: “In the US alone, 20 billion menstrual products are disposed of annually,” Cherie Hoeger and Amber Fawson, the founders of menstrual cup company Saalt, told Insider. Traditional pads and tampons are among the most polluting products on the planet, turning women toward alternatives like the Saalt Cup.

Saalt’s medical-grade silicone menstrual cups are inserted like a tampon to collect menstrual fluid. They can be reused for up to 10 years, making menstrual cups “one of the simplest ways to divert massive amounts of waste,” said the founders. It’s a safe, hassle-free period experience, too. It’s pretty comfortable (I promise), can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time, and it also translates to over thousands in savings, since you no longer have to buy tampons or pads every month.

Products to try:

Soft Menstrual Cups (small)Citrus Menstrual Cup Wash (small)


Why we love it: These feminine products use a natural pulp core and non-toxic adhesive, making Rael’s products as clean and eco-friendly as possible, said Yanghee Paik, a co-founder of organic, feminine-care company Rael

“The traditional pads I’d been using contained not only chlorine, fragrance, and pesticides, but also carcinogens and irritants such as styrene (used in car tires), chloromethane (used in petroleum refining), and acetone (nail polish remover), which can often cause cramps, allergic reactions, and skin irritations,” Paik said.  

The brand’s organic cotton pads are now available at Target, making them “easily accessible to all women around the country,” as Paik says. They’re also priced in line with non-organic options ($4.99-$6.99).

Products you should try:

Organic Cotton Regular Menstrual Pads (small)Organic Cotton Regular & Super Tampons (small)

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What does Target Clean mean?

Target Clean is a new, easy way to identify products formulated without harmful ingredients. Look for the Target Clean symbol in store and online to find over 4,000 products that meet their clean standard.

All beauty products certified as Target Clean are formulated without the following: propyl-parabens, butyl-parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-donors, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), Oxybenzone, SLES, retinyl palmitate, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, BHA & BHT.

  • Deodorant: Additionally formulated without aluminum.
  • Oral care: Additionally formulated without artificial sweeteners.

What is considered clean beauty?

Clean beauty follows two simple standards: transparency and safe ingredients. You should know exactly what you’re getting with a glance at the label. As for safe ingredients, the Good Face Index ranks every cosmetic ingredient based on safety and toxicity. But some general ones to avoid are parabens, sulfates, oxybenzone, and formaldehyde.

Just because a product is organic, natural, or green, doesn’t mean it’s non-toxic. Manmade ingredients are clean as long as they’re safe and non-toxic. This also means that clean beauty doesn’t have to be all-natural, preservative-free, etc.

In Europe, over 1,300 potentially harmful chemicals are banned from cosmetics. In the United States, that number is just 11. Unfortunately, clean beauty products are not regulated by the FDA, so it’s up to the brand’s discretion. 

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The CDC is reportedly eyeing a ‘promising’ partnership with Dollar General to bring vaccines to rural communities, and Target is expanding access to shots with in-store CVS clinics

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  • The CDC is eyeing a potential partnership with Dollar General, USA Today reported.
  • Dollar General has locations within 10-15 miles of rural communities in 46 states, the CDC said.
  • Target is now offering vaccine doses through over 600 in-store CVS pharmacies in 17 states.
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In the latest efforts to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly looking a partnership with Dollar General to bring vaccines to rural communities, while Target and CVS are working together to expand the rollout in 17 states.

Target began providing vaccine doses on Wednesday in over 600 CVS pharmacies located inside its store locations, the company said in an emailed statement to Insider. Eligible people can find an appointment through CVS’s website.

Shots are available at store locations in Virginia, New York, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Hawaii, Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, California, and Pennsylvania, the retailer said in the statement.

Target added that, “as states open up vaccines for frontline and essential workers, we’ll work with CVS and others to offer vaccines to team members within our stores and distribution centers in the future.”

Separately, the CDC is looking into working with Dollar General to expand vaccine outreach to Americans in rural areas, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

“We’re exploring a promising collaboration with Dollar General stores, which have locations that include refrigeration capacity within 10 or 15 miles of our rural communities in all but four states,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday at Health Action Alliance’s National Business Summit, according to USA Today. Dollar General has over 17,000 stores in 46 states.

Dollar General did not immediate respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Dollar General was the first retailer to announce plans to pay workers to get vaccinated. In January, the discount store said it will offer all 157,000 employees four hours worth of pay if they get the vaccine.

In February, the White House announced that over 40,000 pharmacies nationwide are set to receive vaccine doses to give to eligible people for free per the rollout of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination.

Last month, select CVS Pharmacy locations began offering around 570,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in 17 states as part of the program. CVS administered over three million vaccines and 15 million COVID-19 tests nationwide by mid-February.

The pharmacy chains and retailers partnering with the government in vaccine distribution include Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Publix, Costco, Albertsons, Hy-Vee, Meijer, and Winn-Dixie.

To date, 95.7 million vaccine doses have been provided to people in the US, according to Bloomberg’s COVID-19 tracker. An average of 2.17 million doses per day were administered this week, according to Bloomberg data.

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Saks Fifth Avenue’s decision to split off its e-commerce business is ‘completely at odds’ with how people shop, according to a retail analyst

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  • Saks Fifth Avenue is splitting its online unit from stores in a “financial play,” GlobalData says.
  • The retailer is raising $500 million, which will value Saks.com at $2 billion.
  • BMO analyst says retailers are on a “constant hunt” to optimize consumers’ online experience.
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Saks Fifth Avenue’s decision to separate its online business from its brick-and-mortar stores is more of a financial move than a focus on consumer trends, a Global Data analyst said.  

The luxury retailer is splitting its e-commerce business, Saks.com, from its store sales to raise money and capitalize on the shift to online shopping amid the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing company executives

The move to split the two is a “financial play” that will give the online business a higher value than if it remained part of the brick-and-mortar business, said analyst Neil Saunders, the managing director of retail at GlobalData. The separation “is completely at odds with how consumers shop and how retail is trending – which are shifting towards omnichannel where both store and online work together to drive sales,” he said. 

The split is designed by HBC, the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, to raise money, Saunders told Insider. Insight Partners is taking a minority stake in Saks.com and investing $500 million, valuing the unit at $2 billion, the Journal reported, noting that the money will be put toward improving shipping, returns, and customer service

“The plus side of separation is that it may allow the online teams to accelerate growth and innovate more than if they were part of a larger business,” Saunders said. In theory, the online and store operations will act as sister companies, he added. 

Insight said it’s thrilled to be the 150-year-old retailer’s strategic partner. “Our team brings decades of data, industry benchmarks and best practices, and operating expertise to help Saks build a world class ecommerce experience for brands and consumers alike,” an Insight spokesperson told Insider in an email. “Today is day one, and we are looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and scaling up Saks.com.”

Saks Fifth Avenue were not immediately available to comment for the story. 

Saunders noted that other retailers, like Target, Walmart, and Nordstrom, are doing just the opposite by integrating online and offline operations “as much as possible.”

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed traditional brick-and-mortar retailers to focus more on e-commerce with many businesses now looking to revamp their online presence.

The pandemic was a chance for big retailers that were struggling to pivot to “get off of the forward conveyor belt” and figure out how they wanted their businesses to be structured, said Simeon Siegel, a senior analyst at BMO Capital Markets. Though there will always be a place for stores, e-commerce has seen an acceleration because of the pandemic, he said.

“It’s fair to assume the industry is going to be on a constant hunt to best optimize the e-commerce experience, to best utilize data, to best reach their consumer, and I don’t think that’s going to stop,” he said. 

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The 15 best denim-inspired products to buy from Target x Levi’s new, limited-edition home collection

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Levi’s and Target collaboration 2021
  • Target just released its highly anticipated home collection in collaboration with denim brand Levi’s.
  • The 100+ item collection includes items across many categories, including barware, clothing, and more.
  • We’ve highlighted 15 of our favorites including a comfy robe, a copper cocktail shaker, and more.

Target and Levi’s are two brands that are no strangers to each other, and have been working together in the fashion space since 2011. Fans of both Target and Levi’s were elated when earlier this year the brands announced that they would be collaborating on a special edition homewares collection. The Levi’s x Target collection officially launched on February 28, leaving excited shoppers to sort through the astounding 100+ product collection, which features homewares, clothing, accessories, items for pets, and more. 

Similar to Target’s other partnerships with designer brands, the Levi’s x Target collection offers affordability for every budget as the products range in price from $3 to $150, with most items falling under $25. Both brands pride themselves on creating products that are both durable and sustainable, and they’ve channeled this into the collaboration by using both recycled and sturdy materials throughout the collection. The collection is only available at Target, and can be purchased online and in stores, with specific product availability depending on location. For more information and some background on the collaboration, check out Target’s official announcement and the shop the entire collection here

With the collection including 100+ products, it may be difficult to narrow down your wishlist to just a few. We’ve gone through the entire collection and picked some of our favorites to make that difficult task the tiniest bit easier. If you are interested in purchasing items from the Levi’s x Target collection, we recommend moving fast as the items are limited edition and already starting to sell out. 

These are the 15 products we’re excited about from the Levi’s x Target home collection:

Red Stripe Stoneware Appetizer Plate (small)Reactive Glaze Stoneware Serving Bowl (small)Denim Blue Ottoman (small)Bandana Print Throw Pillow (small)Enameled Wood Bandana Print Coaster Set (small)Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker (small)Denim & Sherpa Pet Bed (small)Large Stoneware Serving Tray (small)Striped Reusable Shopping Bag (small)Tall Stoneware Pitcher (small)Striped Sherpa Throw Blanket (small)Women’s Striped Woven Robe (small)Men’s Striped Woven Robe (small)Bar Tool Set with Case, 5pc (small)Striped Cotton Tablecloth (small)

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Retail trade group slams Texas and Mississippi for lifting mask mandates, saying it puts workers at risk

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Joanne Millar store manger of Joules in Belfast places a sign in the shop window advising customers that face masks must be worn at all times as face coverings are now compulsory for shoppers.

  • Texas and Mississippi governors announced mask mandates will be lifted.
  • Retail trade group RILA opposes the moves and calls it a “premature victory celebration.”
  • Retail workers have had to enforce mask rules and risk dangerous confrontations in the last year.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott just announced the lifting of the state’s mask mandate by an executive order effective on March 10. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves also announced that state mask mandates would be lifted and businesses would be allowed to operate at full capacity beginning March 3. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has already opposed the move, Nathaniel Meyersohn at CNN reported.

RILA counts as members some of the biggest retailers in the country, including Target, Walmart, Lowes, Walgreens, and Dollar General.

“Relaxing common-sense safety protocols like wearing masks is a mistake. We are certainly supportive of governors re-opening their economies and giving beleaguered restaurants and other small businesses the opportunity to rebuild and rehire workers,” RILA Executive Vice President of Communications and State Affairs Jason Brewer told Insider in an email. “But going backwards on safety measures will unfairly put retail employees back in the role of enforcing guidelines still recommended by the CDC and other public health advocates. It could also jeopardize the safety of pharmacies and grocers that are gearing up as vaccination centers.”

Several RILA members are also vaccine distribution sites, including CVS and Wegmans. 

“Tremendous strides have been made in recent weeks lowering the rate of COVID-19 infections and vaccinating seniors and other vulnerable populations. We should not jeopardize this progress with a premature victory celebration,” Brewer said. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, US retail workers have been tasked with the job of enforcing mask policies. Employees were left in the difficult position of not having official mask policies, or not being allowed to ask customers to mask up.

Some customers have refused to wear masks for political reasons, and encounters have even turned violent, with workers shot or assaulted for asking customers to wear masks. Of stores that did not let employees enforce mask rules, spokespeople cited concerns for employee safety.

Texas has the most COVID-19 hotspots of any US state, with 10 counties reporting more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week. Infection rate counts were artificially low in late February when a severe storm overtook much of the state, but numbers are starting to rebound.

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Target’s 2020 sales soared by a massive $15 billion – bigger than the combined growth of the last 11 years

Target store in the US.

  • Target topped Wall Street expectations, reporting a 21% rise fourth-quarter sales.
  • Sales through its same-day deliveries and store pick-up services soared 212% in the quarter.
  • Full-year sales jumped by more than $15 billion, bigger than the combined growth of the last 11 years.
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Target Corp beat analysts’ estimates for holiday quarter sales on Tuesday, powered by the company’s same-day delivery and store pick-up services that helped fulfill resilient demand for home goods, toys, and groceries during the pandemic.

Over the past year, Target and Walmart consistently performed better than Wall Street expected as the deep-pocketed national retail chains amped up their online businesses during the health crisis and swiped market share from smaller rivals who rely more on their physical stores.

Still, Target held back on providing sales and earnings forecast for fiscal 2021, citing continued uncertainty over consumer shopping patterns amid the health crisis.

The company’s comparable sales rose 20.5% in the fourth quarter, comfortably beating analysts’ estimates for a 16.4% rise, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Sales through its same-day deliveries and store pick-up services surged 212%, as consumers sought quicker ways to get their online purchases.

Analysts have, however, warned that the torrid pace of growth would be difficult to repeat in the coming months, as COVID-19 vaccine rollouts raise the promise of a return to something closer to pre-pandemic life.

Target’s comparable sales for the full year are expected to slip 3.6%, according to Wall Street brokerages. In February, Walmart said it expects sales and profit growth to slow this year, leading to a fall in its shares.

Total fourth-quarter revenue for Target rose 21.1% to $28.34 billion, beating the average estimate of $27.48 billion. Full-year sales rose by over $15 billion, larger than the combined growth of the last 11 years.

Net earnings surged 65.6% to $1.38 billion. On an adjusted basis, the company earned $2.67 per share.

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Target will introduce in-store Apple kiosks across 17 cities this month

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Target’s new Apple kiosk.

  • Target is growing its Apple product offerings on the Target app, online, and in-store.
  • The retail giant is creating in-store Apple kiosks that will be run by Apple-trained Target workers.
  • These kiosks will be introduced in 17 stores across the US this month.
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Target will be bringing the Apple experience to its own stores across the US this month.

Apple’s products have been a hit with Target shoppers, Christina Hennington, executive vice president and chief growth officer at Target, said in the press release on Thursday. Now, the retail behemoth will be growing its 15-year relationship with Apple by offering more of the tech company’s products on the Target app, online, and in-store through designated Apple kiosks.

The kiosks will be filled with Apple’s greatest hits, including: iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, AirPods, HomePods, Apple TVs, and more. These tiny Apple stores will then be run by Apple-trained “Target Tech Consultants.”

“This new model was created with Target’s guests in mind, and we’ll continue to learn and enhance the experience through future rollouts later this year,” Hennington said.

In an effort to draw in more shoppers, Target has also established partnerships with other notable names – including Levi Strauss and Co, Disney and Ulta Beauty – via expanded in-store experiences.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to an Insider request for comment on the expanded Target offerings. 

This new Apple “shopping experience” will be introduced inside 17 Target stores this month  – with more planned in the future – in these cities:

  • Monticello, Minnesota
  • San Jose, California
  • Oklahoma City 
  • Allen, Texas
  • Hurst, Texas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Irving, Texas
  • San Antonio 
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Orlando
  • Clearwater, Florida
  • Miami
  • North Wales, Pennsylvania
  • Newark, Delaware
  • Woburn, Massachusetts
  • Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Latham, New York


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Retail giants like Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger are firing shots over rivals’ minimum wages. Here’s who actually pays $15 an hour.

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Walmart is raising workers’ pay – but not to $15 per hour.

  • Companies including Kroger and Amazon are taking shots at rivals like Walmart over employee pay. 
  • Walmart said this week that it will raise many workers’ wages, but does not pay a $15 minimum wage.
  • Amazon, Costco, and Target all pay workers at least $15 per hour. 
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Massive retailers have stayed mostly quiet about looming minimum wage increases. 

But they have more to say when it comes to taking shots at the competition. 

When Walmart announced on Thursday it was raising some workers’ wages, rival grocery chain Kroger was quick to have a response. 

“We welcome Walmart’s announcement to bring their average wage up to $15 an hour,” a company representative told Insider. “At Kroger, our average hourly wage has been $15 an hour since 2019.”

“In fact, our average hourly associate rate reaches over $20 an hour when accounting for healthcare, 401(K) and pensions that so many of our competitors choose not to offer,” the spokesperson added. 

Sniping at Walmart is becoming a bit of a tradition in the retail industry. In December, Amazon decided to take a swing at Walmart when Bloomberg reported that an Amazon warehouse opening drove down a county’s average industry compensation.

“What surprises us is that we are the focus of a story like this when some of the country’s largest employers, including the largest retailer, have yet to join us in raising the minimum wage to $15,” Amazon said in a statement to Bloomberg at the time. 

Retailers sniping at each other comes as no surprise 

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Amazon pays $15 per hour for all warehouse workers.

With a $15 minimum wage already rolling out in many states and cities, some companies are spending less time fighting new federal regulation and more time fighting each other. 

“Generally, I think most retailers would prefer wages to be left up to the market rather than legislated for,” GlobalData managing director Neil Saunders told Insider.

“However, a lot of retailers have been voluntarily increasing wages over the past few years so an increase to $15 is now not seen as such a big deal by some,” Saunders continued. “Indeed, many have raised, or are in the process of delivering on promises to raise, wages to $15.”

Higher pay for entry-level positions, as well as better benefits and other perks, typically means companies can hire more engaged workers who are less likely to quit. Retailers raise workers’ pay because of regulation, but also to better compete with rivals. 

“One of the challenges for any retailers is turnover,” Moody’s analyst Charlie O’Shea told Insider in October.

“Amazon has very liberal benefits programs, even for part time employees,” O’Shea added. “Walmart has got college covered. There’s all sorts of bells and whistles that the retailers at the top end of the food chain have been able to do because they can afford it.” 

The industry in-fighting can also help companies distinguish themselves from competitors. With Walmart, Kroger, and Amazon all going on massive hiring sprees in 2020, having the reputation of being a good place to work can help attract talent to stores and warehouses. 

Who actually has the highest minimum wage? 

Costco was one oof the first national retailers to pay all workers at least $15 per hour.

Some major companies actually pay all workers at least $15, while others offer a wider range. Here is how some of the biggest players measures up. 

Walmart minimum wage: $11 per hour

On Thursday, Walmart announced that on March 13 it will roll out a raise that brings 425,000 associates’ pay to between $13 and $19 per hour. As a result, the average pay for nearly half of hourly workers in the US will reach $15 per hour, according to a Walmart representative. 

All warehouse workers at Walmart make at least $15 per hour. At this point, Walmart’s minimum wage will remain at $11 per hour.

“Those people that we’re raising wages for tend to have been with us for a longer period of time than someone that might be earning the entry wage,” CEO Doug McMillon said on a call with investors this week. “We’re trying to … create this ladder of opportunity, providing an opportunity for people when they start with the company to build a career like so many of us already have.”

Costco minimum wage: $15 per hour 

Costco raised its minimum wage to $15 in 2019. At the same time, the company increased pay for supervisors and introduced paid bonding leave for all hourly employees. 

The retailer has been celebrated by many workers as one of the best places to work in the industry. 

“The best part is all the perks – guaranteed hours, benefits, time and a half on Sundays, free turkeys at Thanksgiving, four free memberships, a livable wage,” an employee with six years of experience told Insider in 2018.

Target minimum wage: $15 per hour

In June, Target raised its minimum wage to $15, up from $13. The raise was part of a multi-year effort, with the company promising in 2017 that it would reach a $15 minimum hourly wage by the end of 2020. 

“Everything we aspire to do and be as a company builds on the central role our team members play in our strategy, their dedication to our purpose and the connection they create with our guests and communities,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement. 

Kroger minimum wage: Varies by region

While Kroger says its average hourly wage has been $15 since 2019, some workers make less than that. Entry-level pay varies by region and job position. 

“Since the start of the pandemic, Kroger has proudly invested over $1.5 billion to safeguard and reward our associates and committed nearly $1 billion to secure pensions for tens of thousands of our associates across the country,” a representative said in a statement. 

Kroger has also faced backlash recently for closing stores in Seattle and California due to “hero pay” regulation that would have temporarily increase workers’ wages by $4 per hour. 

“The biggest issue for many right now is dealing with local ordinances mandating temporary hero pay boosts and bonuses,” Saunders said. “This is causing a lot of issues and a patchwork of different wage structures. Many of the rules are illogical and hard to implement.”

Amazon minimum wage: $15 per hour 

Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018. 

“At Amazon, we believe $15 an hour is the minimum that anyone in the U.S. should be paid for an hour of labor,” Amazon said in a statement to Insider on Friday. “That’s why, since 2018, every Amazon employee has earned a starting hourly wage of at least $15.”

“It’s also why we’re calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and urging other major corporations to increase wages to this level,” the statement continued. “We’re pleased that multiple companies have taken this important step – which will help workers and their families, communities and our overall economy – and hope more will follow suit.”

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Target Shipt vs. Walmart Plus: Here’s how the 2 delivery services stack up

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  • If you haven’t already chosen between Target Shipt and Walmart Plus, we’ve rounded up their differences below to help you choose the best one for you.
  • Spoiler alert: Walmart Plus wins – it has more features for the same amount of money, though both can be helpful during the holiday shopping season. 

Because of COVID-19, everyone is looking at online shopping for everything, essentials included. Two major retailers, Target and Walmart, have, at a glance, similar programs to help you get fast delivery at the cost of an annual fee.

But when we compared the benefits of each, we think that Walmart Plus is the better option. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Target Shipt and Walmart Plus before choosing which is best for you.  

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  • Target Shipt: $99 per year
  • Walmart Plus: $98 per year

You can also opt into Walmart Plus monthly for $13 per month. Shipt doesn’t offer any monthly plans, but you can opt for one-time delivery via Target Shipt for $10 per order. This option may be beneficial to those who don’t foresee using the services outside of the holiday shopping season, or for those who have used up the free trial.

Free trial

  • Target Shipt: 28 days
  • Walmart Plus: 15 days

For either service, you can cancel anytime within the trial period. If you’d like to give either a shot (or need some groceries ASAP), consider signing up for a free trial from Target Shipt or Walmart Plus.

Same-day delivery

  • Target Shipt: Yes
  • Walmart Plus: Yes

Both offer same-day delivery with the same catch: Delivery is free for orders of $35 or more. If your order is under that minimum, both services will charge subscribers an additional fee for delivery – $7 for Shipt or a fee (the amount depends on what you order) for Walmart Plus. 

Next- and two-day shipping

  • Target Shipt: No
  • Walmart Plus: Yes

Walmart Plus members get free next- and two-day shipping for orders placed online without any minimums, as part of the service’s benefits. A Shipt subscription doesn’t do the same for Target shoppers.

Compatible with other stores

  • Target Shipt: Yes
  • Walmart Plus: No

A Shipt subscription, unlike a Walmart Plus membership, can be used for delivery at other retailers. For example, if I needed delivery to the Business Insider office, Shipt can get my order from Target, CVS, Petco, and more in as little as two hours. One potential negative: Some of Shipt’s other partners may charge a little extra per item to cover delivery costs. 

Walmart Plus, as the name suggests, is purely for shopping at Walmart.

Additional benefits

  • Target Shipt: No
  • Walmart Plus: Yes

Walmart Plus is an entire membership program designed to benefit frequent Walmart shoppers. Members can also count on fuel discounts at participating stations and contactless in-app scanning for self-checkout, in addition to the shipping perks above. It’s also very likely that more benefits are to come. 

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6 stores that offer free holiday shipping with no order minimum – including Nordstrom and Target

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Free shipping with no minimum order requirement is a big perk for the holiday season, and many retailers offer it just for the occasion.

Free shipping is one of the best perks an online store can offer. It always feels good to save a few extra bucks, and it decreases the pressure to fill your cart with unnecessary items to reach an order minimum. Many stores already offer free shipping all year long, but they tend to be startups with more specialized wares. 

Just for the holidays, however, a few stores where you can shop for pretty much anything are relaxing their shipping policies and giving you free shipping on your order with no order minimum required, though oftentimes you’ll need to be a member of their subscription services. 

These are the stores offering free shipping for the holiday season:

1. Amazon

Just as it does for the rest of the year, Amazon offers free shipping for Amazon Prime members during the holiday season. If you aren’t a member, the minimum order requirement to get free shipping is $25. The vast selection of hundreds of millions of products from the retailer makes it easy to pick up a cheap stocking stuffer alongside a thoughtful gift for your in-laws

2. Target

Though it’s not limited to the holiday season, Target offers free shipping to REDcard holders year-round, no minimum order required. Otherwise, you’ll need to hit a $35 order threshold to get free 2-day shipping.

Target is a good place to snag a Christmas tree to arrive before the day of or find gifts for everyone in your life who could possibly need gifting.

3. Macy’s

Macy’s offers free shipping without minimum order during the holiday season, as well as every other season, provided you use a Macy’s Credit card. A one-stop-shop for gifts for every member of the family, Macy’s is the place to go for apparel for everyone in the family, along with home appliances big and small.

4. Nordstrom

Nordstrom also offers free shipping during the pivotal holiday shopping season – actually, it does so the rest of the year, too, but we think it’s worth emphasizing as you search for luxe gifts for your designer-inclined friend and limited-time collaborations you can’t find anywhere else. It won’t be as fast as Amazon or Target, which both have two-day policies for most items, but at least it’s still free. 

5. Walmart

Walmart’s new service, Walmart Plus, offers its members free unlimited delivery as early as the same day, no minimum order required. As of December 4, Walmart Plus has eliminated its $35 shipping minimum for Walmart.com.

If you have yet to try the service out, it’s free to sign up for a 15-day trial – it’s also good timing if you’d like to take advantage of the free shipping before December 25.

6. Zappos

Zappos offers free shipping to shoppers year-round, with no minimums or exclusions. The retailer’s vast catalog offers apparel for the whole family, perfect for the gift-giving season. Zappos does note, however, that shipping times may be delayed, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on your shipping arrival estimate if you have a deadline to make.

Looking for gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Reviews’ holiday gift guides for 2020 here.

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