Macy’s Inc. is letting at least 100 senior executives go, including chief operations officer Robert Harrison and chief strategy, analytics and innovation officer Justin MacFarlane. General business manager for ready-to-wear Molly Langenstein also is leaving the company, but she was not part of the pool of executives that were let go.
The retailer said cutting its executives, as well as other cost-saving measures, will lead to $100 million in savings. In addition, CEO Jeff Gennette said some of its other senior leaders will be shifted to expanded roles to support growth strategies.
“We are streamlining the upper management teams in order to reduce complexity, improve agility and move faster to respond to customer changing expectations,” said Gennette, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha.
“We will continue this operational and financial discipline by managing all aspects of our business with an eye towards profit growth, while rooting out or reprioritizing unproductive costs,” said chief financial officer Paula Price, according to Seeking Alpha.
“Also included in our 2019 numbers is our normal ongoing cost reductions of $200 million,” Price added.
But it’s not all bad news for Macy’s. Gennette said the retailer had “double-digit” sales growth online in its fiscal 2018. Macy’s also boosted the share of online orders picked up in its stores during its fourth quarter. 7% of online sales were picked up in a store in Q4, including both buy online ship to store and buy online pick up in store. Those omnichannel orders also generate more revenue for Macy’s—shoppers are often buying more products when they come in to pick up an order, generating 25% more than the online order alone on average, according to Gennette.
Macy’s is No. 6 in the Internet Retailer 2018 Top 1000.
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- Hudson’s Bay Co.’s (No. 36) president of Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters, Alison Coville, has stepped down from her role. Hudson’s Bay will be led by executives from its team, under the direction of CEO Helena Foulkes, until a permanent successor is found.
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