Outage knocks out some Target cash registers for second straight day


Technical problems plagued some Target Corp. stores again Sunday, a day after a computer outage knocked out many of its cash registers.

Sunday’s problems were not internal, Target said in a statement, which blamed problems at an NCR Corp. data center, which prevented credit- and debit-card transactions for about 90 minutes Sunday. The company said the issue was not security-related, and was unrelated to Saturday’s outage. All issues were said to be resolved by late Sunday afternoon.

“We know many guests had a frustrating experience in our stores this weekend,” Target said in a statement Sunday. “For that, we are truly sorry.”

Target did not say how many stores were affected by Sunday’s outage, but based on social-media posts it appeared to be on a smaller scale than Saturday’s, which took Twitter by storm.

We are aware of a systems issue in store and are working as quickly as possible to get this fixed. Thank you for your patience!

– AskTarget (@AskTarget) June 15, 2019

Y’all @Target just announced their registers are down again LMAO #TargetApocalypsePartTwo

– Queen Shirin (@makeupbyshirinn) June 16, 2019

On Saturday, “an internal technology issue” knocked Target cash registers offline just as many shoppers were buying last-minute Father’s Day gifts. Target said that outage, too, was not the result of a data breach nor security-related.

On both days, the problems caused long lines and forced some customers to pay with cash or check.

The retailer suffered a major hack of customer data in 2013, which resulted in an $18.5 million settlement.

Target shares are up about 33% year to date, compared to the S&P 500’s 15% gain.