BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shipt, a leading online marketplace, and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) today announced they will begin same-day delivery of more than 55,000 groceries, essentials, home, electronics, toys and other products across the Twin Cities metro area. Beginning March 1, 2018, Shipt will deliver from Target stores in and around Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Cumulatively, the new partnership gives nearly 1.2 million households across the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro access to Target products delivered by Shipt in as little as one hour. To celebrate the launch of  Shipt with Target in the Twin Cities, new members who sign up prior to March 1 will receive an annual membership for $49 (regularly $99).

“Launching same-day delivery in the Twin Cities is a milestone for Shipt, and we are thrilled to show new members how Shipt can make their lives easier by delivering on our promise to offer quality products through the convenience of delivery,” said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt. “Expanding the Shipt community in Target’s hometown will not only bring this convenience to new members who already love Target, but also will create 4,000 new jobs as we hire shoppers to meet the demand.”

Founded in 2014, Shipt is committed to simplifying its members’ lives by offering a new, convenient same-day shopping experience. Shipt’s marketplace gives customers the ability to browse, search and shop the in-store assortment of products online. Customers can note preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order, all within the app. Shipt's expert team of shoppers takes care of selecting, bagging and delivering the items.

“Same-day delivery was at the top of our list when we were thinking about ways to make shopping at Target even easier,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Target. “Shipt’s personalized, customer-focused approach fits perfectly with our commitment to deliver a convenient, exceptional experience and we’re excited to begin offering same day service in our own backyard of the Twin Cities.”

Leading up to the launch, Shipt plans to hire shoppers in the Twin Cities metro area to be a part of the team responsible for ensuring complete, accurate fulfillments of each order. To apply to be a Shipt Shopper, visit Shipt.com and click “Get Paid to Shop.”

Through this partnership, Target plans to offer convenient, same-day delivery of the in-store assortment of groceries, essentials, home, electronics and other products from approximately half of stores by early 2018. The majority of Target stores will offer the service by the 2018 holiday season, reaching all major markets across the country. By the end of 2019, same-day delivery will include all major product categories at Target.

About Shipt
Shipt is a membership-based online grocery marketplace delivering fresh foods and household essentials through a community of shoppers and a convenient app. Shipt offers quality, personalized grocery delivery to members for $99 per year, and is currently available to over 30 million households in more than 70 markets across the country. By the end of 2018, Shipt will have expanded to cover 80 million households in 170 markets. Shipt maintains offices in Birmingham, Ala., and San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit Shipt.com.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,822 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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