Bits and Pieces of Minneapolis News

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 9:59am.

 

We’ve come across a couple of interesting news stories the past few weeks and saved them all to bring to you in one post. Whether you want groceries delivered in an hour or a gift card for your old clothes, read on.

Groceries by drone?

Sam Black with the Minneapolis/St. Paul business journal wrote an interesting article last week about a new player in the Twin Cities grocery shopping industry – Amazon. Yes, as in Amazon.com.

The formal announcement from the buy-anything-online giant says it will offer one or two hour delivery in Minneapolis, St. Paul and some of the first-ring suburbs.

The plan is for Amazon to store foods in the building, awaiting delivery to customers who order the groceries online. Yes, delivery. So, will we see groceries overhead when Amazon rolls out its drone delivery system? It ought to be interesting watching this one develop.

New way to get rid of old clothes

While we always encourage folks to take their old clothes to a local charity, there is now another way to get rid of them and get something in return as well. The Business Journal reports today that Target Corp. is teaming up with ThredUp, an online clothing consignment store, and if your clothing is accepted, you’ll get a credit or gift card in return.

It seems pretty easy to do, as well. Either take your bags of clothing to one of 11 participating Target stores in the Twin Cities or Target will pay the charges if you prefer to mail them.

Keep in mind that they’re looking for higher-end brands that are easy to resell ― think Calvin Klein, American Eagle and Ann Taylor ― so you’ll still have some off-brand stuff to donate to charity. It’s a win-win all the way around.

You can learn more about the program here.

Minnesota is tops again

It’s almost embarrassing how many number one spots on various lists our fair state takes and now we’ve got another: Best State Fair. Readers of USA Today and 10Best did the voting and decided they liked ours the best. We wonder if that means it will become a tourist destination in future years.

Have a great week!

 

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