Target Helps Businesses Reopen With COVID-19 Toolkit

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By 830 WCCO

Minnesota retailers are going to get a helping hand with reopening from one of Minnesota's biggest retailers. Target is taking a leadership role in making sense of the world post-coronavirus crisis by announcing today that they have created the SAFE retail toolkit to help Minnesota retailers as they open their doors again.

Target Safe Retail

Target will also help Minnesota businesses and nonprofits in monitoring the health of everyone who comes in their stores. The retailer has contracted its suppliers to sourced infrared thermometers and will be supplying them to Minnesota nonprofits and retailers at wholesale cost. 

So, why are they doing this to help businesses that could be seen as competitors?

“Target plays many roles in our communities, including retailer, distribution network and employer,” explained Tony Heredia, Target’s vice president of compliance & ethics and corporate security.

“We believe sharing our expertise with policymakers and elected officials is an important part of being a strong business leader. By sharing our learnings, we hope to support other businesses, communities and leaders so they can operate in a safe way, considering the health and wellbeing of employees, customers and communities alike," he continues.

Not only is Target helping Minnesota retailers, but it has provided both technical help and warehouse space to the state for the inventory and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

“At times like these, it’s critical for Target to help out in our communities. With our expertise in building distribution centers and inventory management, we were able jump in quickly and help when the call came from our home state,” says Kraig Narr, vice president of engineering, who was part of the team that provided help to the state.

“In this incredible time of need, Target stepped in with the best talent they had to offer,” says Pete Bernardy, enterprise director, State of Minnesota. “Their efforts will help provide critically needed support to healthcare workers across the state, and they make me proud to be a Minnesotan. Thank you, Target!”

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