Macy’s to cut 10,000 jobs as store closures continue

The retail chain’s chief said its strategy would shift to ‘help drive [its] new marketing strategies.’ Staff cuts also hit Sears and content platform Medium.

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On Wednesday, Macy’s announced it was closing 68 of its stores and cutting more than 10,000 jobs.

In its press release, the retail chain’s chief executive, Terry J. Lundgren, said the cuts aren’t the only way Macy’s will try to bolster its shrinking market share. The company will also tap into customer data to better cater to their behaviors:

Over the past year, we have been focused and disciplined about making strategic decisions to position us to gain market share and return to growth over time. While we are pleased with the strong performance of our highly developed online business, as well as the progress we have made on selling and visual presentation programs and expense reduction initiatives in 2016, we continue to experience declining traffic in our stores where the majority of our business is still transacted. Given the overall trends challenging us and the broader retail industry, and the time needed to execute new strategies, we expect our 2017 change in comparable sales to be relatively consistent with our November/December sales trend. Our omnichannel strategies continue to evolve based on the changes in our customers’ shopping behaviors, including a focus on buy online, pickup in store and mobile-enabled shopping. In addition, we have invested in and enlarged our customer data and analytics team, which will help drive our new marketing strategies for 2017. Whether it is improving corporate agility, enhancing our customer engagement strategies, or continuing to capitalize on the potential value of our real estate assets, we remain focused on the actions that will ultimately improve our financial results and provide the greatest return for our shareholders.

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