Is Target's  recent Bonus Black Friday akin to Christmas come early for investors? Or is it a sign of desperation from the retailer? Meanwhile, Best Buy's been on a strong run recently and is looking to continue that trend with its new store-within-a-store concept -- will this new strategy set it on a course toward profits? And finally, CEO Mike Ullman is looking to cement his place as the once and future CEO of J.C. Penney with a strong back-to-school season -- but will a slow spring and summer stop him from turning his company around? Watch this video by Motley Fool blog editor Mark Reeth and find out!

The retail space is in the midst of the biggest paradigm shift since mail order took off at the turn of last century. Only those most forward-looking and capable companies will survive, and they'll handsomely reward those investors who understand the landscape. You can read about the 3 Companies Ready to Rule Retail in The Motley Fool's special report. Uncovering these top picks is free today; just click here to read more.

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