Target Corporation: The Canadian Decision
On December 29, 2014, the recently appointed chief executive officer of Target Corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, needs to make a difficult decision about the company's Canadian operations. After the launch of 133 stores since 2013, Target Canada has been plagued with operational challenges, poor sales and intensifying competition and has reported deep losses amounting to over $1.36 billion. Should the company stay in Canada knowing that profitability is still many years away or exit Canada and abandon all plans for international expansion? To complicate matters further, the parent corporation is struggling in the United States and investors have run out of patience. It is evident that the company needs to change direction, but when and how to do so is the problem.