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• The Wall Street Journal reports that "Target Corp. ’s website went down Sunday morning, overwhelmed by shoppers clamoring for the retailer’s latest design partnership. The discount chain took its site offline for about 20 minutes due to a rush of shoppers looking for its 250-piece collection of Lilly Pulitzer bathing suits, shift dresses and jumpsuits selling for a fraction of the price of the Palm Beach designer’s luxury clothing."

The story notes that "the episode was a less serious echo of the launch of Target’s Missoni collection in 2011, when the website crashed and couldn’t be restored for several hours. It shows Target is still able to generate hits after some less buzzy collaborations with upscale brands. But it also reveals that the company still has some kinks to work out in its online operations at a time when it is relying heavily on them to beat back competition from Amazon.com Inc."
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