Macy's to close 125 stores and axe 2,000 jobs as retail landscape shifts

theguardian | February 04, 2020

Macy’s announced on Tuesday that it will close 125 stores and axe 2,000 jobs, becoming the latest shopping giant to shutter shops amid a radical reordering of the retail landscape. The department store chain plans to exit weaker shopping malls and focus on opening smaller-format stores in strip malls.“We are taking the organization through significant structural change to lower costs, bring teams closer together and reduce duplicative work,” Jeff Gennette, Macy’s chief executive, said. “The changes we are making are deep and impact every area of the business, but they are necessary. I know we will come out of this transition stronger, more agile and better fit to compete in today’s retail environment.” About 2,000 jobs will be lost at the company’s headquarters in Cincinnati and its tech offices in San Francisco. The company estimates the cuts will save it $1.5bn by 2022.

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Millions of people pass through supermarket doors every year, with retailers generating billions of pounds in sales. An escalating price war between the big five chains means shoppers saved £182m on their grocery bills last year. However, along with the millions of pounds that retailers make, there are millions more that they lose because of theft and fraud. It is common that in times of economic uncertainty fraud increases, but this activity costs UK retailers billions of pounds each year. Worryingly, 22% of this theft and fraud is by staff, highlighting the importance of installing a positive culture and an intelligent asset management system to prevent losses.

Spotlight

Millions of people pass through supermarket doors every year, with retailers generating billions of pounds in sales. An escalating price war between the big five chains means shoppers saved £182m on their grocery bills last year. However, along with the millions of pounds that retailers make, there are millions more that they lose because of theft and fraud. It is common that in times of economic uncertainty fraud increases, but this activity costs UK retailers billions of pounds each year. Worryingly, 22% of this theft and fraud is by staff, highlighting the importance of installing a positive culture and an intelligent asset management system to prevent losses.

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