Target acquires final-mile platform Grand Junction

MINNEAPOLIS – Retailer Target Corp. looks to up its home delivery capabilities with an agreement to acquire transportation and delivery software company Grand Junction.

Terms of the agreement, which was announced Monday, were not disclosed.

The acquisition aims to improve and expand Target’s delivery capabilities. The acquisition will also accelerate Target’s investments and ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain.

“Grand Junction’s technology and algorithms will help Target deliver to guests faster and more efficiently,” said Arthur Valdez, executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer at Target. “This acquisition is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to strengthen Target’s supply chain to provide greater speed, reliability and convenience for guests.”

San Francisco-based Grand Junction offers a software platform that’s used by retailers, distributors and third-party logistics providers to manage local deliveries through a network of more than 700 carriers. Currently, Grand Junction is working with Target on its same-day delivery pilot at the Target store in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. Upon deal close, Grand Junction’s employees will become Target employees.

“Target is seizing a tremendous opportunity to leverage local delivery as a retail differentiator,” said Rob Howard, Grand Junction’s founder and CEO, who will become a vice president of technology at Target.

Target sells a range of consumer goods at 1,816 stores and at Target.com.

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