Target.com to Drop Partnership With Amazon

Target Corp. said Friday it plans to build and manage its own platform for Target.com, rather than relying on Amazon as its strategic partner. The two companies have worked together since 2001.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. here said Friday it plans to build and manage its own platform for Target.com, rather than relying on Amazon as its strategic partner.

The two companies have worked together since 2001. Target said it plans to launch the new platform prior to the holiday season in 2011.

“Amazon has been an important strategic partner since we relaunched Target.com in 2001,” said Steve Eastman, president of Target.com, “and the strength of Amazon's technology a

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