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Target is Taking New Steps to Protect Customers and Employees This Holiday Season

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Feel confident in choosing Target for your holiday shopping! 🎁

As part of its continued commitment to keep its customers and employees safe, Target has announced the latest safety measures they are taking to minimize risks this holiday season.

These updates are in addition to all the changes that Target has implemented nationwide since March as part of its effort to counteract the Coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the new changes you can expect from Target…

Target Circle app on smartphone

Use contact-free payment at self-checkout stations…

You can now use the “Wallet” mobile payment option that is available in the Target app when using one of Target’s self-checkout stations as a contactless payment option.


cart full of toys

Skip the checkout line altogether…

Target is arming its employees with 1,000 handheld MyCheckout devices nationwide so you can skip the line and check out with a team member just about anywhere within the store.


Target checkout area

Reserve your spot in line ahead of time…

Visit Target’s “Save Your Spot” page they can instantly hold a space for you in line at the store. Plus this feature allows you to see if there even is a line at the store before you even go inside.


Target Drive Up Service accepts Cartwheels

Target can have your order ready in as little as an hour…

They are also making it faster and easier to utilize same-day pickup options by adding an additional 8,000 parking spaces at stores across the country.

Plus, they have made it possible to get your order without them having to scan a barcode. Now, you just show them your personal ID number for your order through your car window. You’ll find that number in your Target app.

Plus, you now have the ability to quickly and easily change your desired pickup option between order pickup and drive-up services at any time before retrieving your purchase to make Target a safer, convenient option for all your holiday shopping needs.


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  1. Gramma C

    They are doing a pretty good job compared to most people. I mean it’s different at different stores summer doing better than others but it’s like that with everything. I just wish they would do a better job of social distancing for returns. They’re watching everybody in the store and at the registers but when you go to do a return which I have done a couple times now at different stores they have people standing like 2 feet from each other for the entire transaction which can take a while sometimes. It makes me very uncomfortable.

  2. E

    Ah the contactless payment at self checkout sounds great! I’m always like “man, I have to use these grimy keypads” not just this year either.
    My store is pretty good with pickup orders but it takes up to 4 hours. Can usually place an order in the afternoon and my husband can pick it up later on. So convenient to not have to get 3 kids in and out of car seats just to pick up an order.

  3. Mayalynn

    I personally favor Target with their best drive up service! Great customer service experience! But, regardless…Shout out to any and all curbside pick up, grocery gatherer, or delivery service workers!! Keep up the great work❤️

  4. Maria G

    When you do an order pick-up, do you tip the person bringing your order out? I do tip at restaurants that bring my order out, but not so much if I have to go in to get order. Any thoughts on this?

    • chenga57

      No I don’t, but I never thought about it that way!

    • Kay

      I don’t think they are allowed to take tips.

  5. Kristy

    I wish for the Target pick up that you can call a number when you arrive. It sticks that you need an iphone in order to pick up your order.

    • Princess’Mom

      My phone wouldn’t connect to the app one time so I called the store to tell them. It wasn’t an issue, they took my name and came out with my stuff.

  6. chenga57

    I got to try the my checkout option and there was an employee just hanging around and it was easy and fast! Got to skip the line and paid with no contact with the Target app

  7. Janelle

    If you can check out anywhere, do you just bring your own bags? How do they prevent theft?

  8. themani

    I was in target today, Hattiesburg MS anyways they kept coming on the intercom reminding everyone to stay 6 ft away and too keep their mask on and it really nice most people I saw did that

  9. Nee

    This is amazing!!

  10. diana-2

    Wish they would take manufacturer coupons in drive up/pick up

  11. Mika

    I’m curious how that “save your spot” feature works in practice. After saving your spot do you just walk to the front of the line while everyone is giving you death stares? Kind of awkward.

    • Cara

      Right. People are already on edge and not so nice when shopping during the holidays. I can imagine this leading to arguments and even violence if someone skips the line with their save your spot app.

    • Ella

      This is for when a line forms outside to get into the store. Kind of like those “jump the line” extra tickets you can buy at amusement parks to get to the front of the ride line. Those are pretty common now and if you’re showing your “pass” to the employee at the front, I doubt many people would complain. More likely people will see it and start using the feature more themselves.

    • tipaye

      Agreed, Mika! I’m going to pass on that option, though I’m sure some will find it useful 🙂

  12. Cara

    I love Target and their employees are usually great but I haven’t had great experiences with the drive up pick up option. I’ve been missing items and had to go back to the store to pick them up inside which totally defeated the purpose of using the drive up option. I hope they work it out because it’s a great option.

  13. Sue

    I used the drive-up option a few weeks ago and the person who was handing out the items accidentally gave mine to another car. He apologized and asked what my order was and said he would get another. Luckily it was not a huge order. A manager came out approximately 5 minutes later and also apologized, giving me a $10 gift card for my inconvenience. I was impressed.

    Also, to the person who doesn’t like to use the grimy key pads, I carry a zip top sandwich bag in my purse with several disinfecting wipes in it for the times there are not any provided, but my store usually has their wipes near the carts again. I use the wipe for the carts and the keypads, tossing the in the trash on the way out. I don’t wipe the keypad down itself, just use it for pressing my selections, grabbing the pen, and using it for the buttons.

  14. Lu

    Regarding using the “Wallet” mobile payment option in the Target app at the self-checkout stations – – have they made any changes to how you do this? I’ve used the wallet for a long time to pay at self-checkout, but it is NOT contact free because the scanner where you wave things can’t read the phone, and you have to actually pick up the hand scanner that everyone else has touched and use it to zap the barcode from your phone. It’s really frustrating that they haven’t made it like Walmart’s self-checkout or the new awesome Sam’s Club gas pumps where you just scan the barcode they give you connect with your wallet through the app. So please tell me, has Target changed this up or do you still need to touch the hand scanner to use the wallet?

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