Product Engineering

Our Product Engineering team fuels Target’s business with cutting-edge technology to deliver incredible experiences and value for guests and team members. Using a responsive architecture platform, we build and deploy industry-leading technology enabling Target to operate efficiently, securely, and reliably from the inside out. We work across Target, developing comprehensive product strategies, leveraging enterprise and guest feedback to set the standard for best in retail.

Recent blogs

  • Interior shot of a meeting in a corporate Target office, with a man in a checked button down shirt sitting next to a woman looking at a laptop and smiling, and another man in a dark colored sweater sitting to her other side

    Self-Management for Software Engineers

    December 5, 2023
    By Molly King
    Read tips on how to take control of your career path.
  • A Target Team Member is fulfilling a Drive Up order with a guest at their car.

    Building a Flexible Platform to Power Target Drive Up

    September 7, 2023
    By Jathin Jayan
    Learn more about Target's Eventing API that makes our Drive Up service possible.
  • cartoon drawing of a smiling child with pigtails, glasses, and braces on her teeth. she's smiling widely while holding a beautiful teapot with hearts popping up around her head.

    Designing Engineering

    August 8, 2023
    By Emi Lyman
    How art and design principles are applied to designing tech repositories at Target.
  • example of an image (a hand-drawn camping scene with a tent, kayak, and river) shown in original format, with a lower image contrast, and then with CSS filters reapplied

    Sharing Knowledge on Image Optimization Using Internal Blogs

    June 1, 2023
    By JJ Wittrock-Roske
    Learnings from the recent Smashingconf, and how they apply to the Web team's work at Target.
  • map of the world with blue dots indicating edge locations, with high concentrations in India, southeast Asia, central Europe, Brazil, and the eastern United States

    What is Edge Computing and How Can it Improve Your Website’s Performance?

    May 18, 2023
    By Liam Robinson
    Deep dive on edge computing and edge functions and how they can be used.
  • two Target engineers, photographed from the back, looking at a laptop screen together. The person on the left side has short dark hair and is wearing a black sweatshirt, the person on the left has long blueish green hair and is wearing a black top with a white pattern

    Do You Know What We Did Last Summer?

    December 21, 2022
    By Molly King
    Here are three perspectives on the 50 Days of Learning mobile apps summer learning hours effort.
  • A woman with short blonde hair wearing a tan and white striped shirt and denim overalls uses a self-checkout register in a Target store to purchase a basket of grocery items.

    Target’s ECCO Platform: Achieving Resiliency and High Availability

    December 1, 2022
    By Shesadri Parthasarathy
    A deep dive on Target's Enterprise Cart & Checkout (ECCO) platform - the underlying technology that powers our checkout experience across, the Target mobile app, and nearly 2,000 stores.
  • Graph showing a process beginning with a complicated schema that is fed through GraphQL, followed by an ideation phase with clients, feeding into a query repo, then through an API engine, ending with the visual representation of serving three APIs to three unique client apps.

    The Journey of Building a Self-Service Platform for Aggregated APIs

    May 13, 2022
    By Tom Rauk
    The digital catalog team at Target is responsible for a collection of nearly 100 aggregated APIs to provide browse data for and mobile app platforms. In early 2019, we were just coming off a large backend migration which meant we would need to version a lot of these APIs. This was a huge effort for all teams involved in standing up and moving to new API versions. With the volume of APIs that needed testing, we needed a solution that would scale and allow our teams to move more quickly.
  • Black and red copy on white background with Target bullseye logo announcing Target tech's Product Engineering Conference on May 19

    Product Engineering @ Target: Engaging With Our ‘Why'

    May 2, 2022
    By Nancy King
    Our product engineering organization builds a large proportion of the applications that our millions of guests and 350,000+ team members use, from the mobile app and website to our point-of-sale software, to the HQ systems supporting our operations. These are the technologies that help bring Target’s purpose to life and grow our business online and across nearly 2,000 stores nationwide. The key to success is really knowing and supporting our users across the country.
  • light gray map of the United States with over 1800 small red dots indicating Target store locations

    Running Cassandra in Kubernetes Across 1,800 Stores

    August 8, 2018
    By Daniel Parker and Mike Showalter
    Stateful Apps in a Stateless World
  • Leveraging Log Streaming to Build the Best Dashboards, Ever

    April 30, 2018
    By Eddie Roger
    This blog post is a follow-up to a presentation given at Fastly's Altitude NYC conference on April 17, 2018.