Mall operator Simon Property is in talks with Amazon to occupy space exited by consolidating department store and mid-tier retailer chains such as J.C. Penney, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Sarah Dipietro quickly gained a reputation as a creative partner after stepping into her role at Macy’s as omni buyer for dinnerware in mid-2018. Most recently, she took on the casual china department at the retailer as well and was noted for her swift and focused diligence amid the COVID pandemic. For these and other reasons, Dipietro has been named a 2020 HOMEWORLD BUSINESS Impact Merchant.
In the first quarter, Macy’s posted a big loss, but the company said recovery from COVID-19 pandemic-related shutdowns has been strong.
Macy’s is restructuring to align its cost base with anticipated near-term sales as the business recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closure of stores from March 18 through May 4, 2020 and gradual reopening.
Macy’s has secured new financing to shore up its business, while revealing that its preliminary sales and earnings results for the first quarter included a loss and lower sales, although it said e-commerce and reopened stores are performing well.
Looters broke into Macy’s flagship store in New York’s Herald Square on the night of June 1 in the aftermath of protests related to the death of George Floyd, and the company issued a brief statement on June 2 about how civil unrest has affected the company.
Vesa Equity Investment has acquired a 5% stake in Macy’s, with its purpose, according to a filing with the United States Security and Exchange Commission, “to engage in constructive discussions with the issuer’s management and/or board of directors, other stockholders of the issuer and other interested parties that may relate to the business, management, operations (including cost structure), assets, capitalization, financial condition, strategic plans, governance and board composition and the future of the issuer.”
A range of retailers across channels are responding to the coronavirus outbreak with moves to temporarily close their stores, reduce store hours and other consumer and employee oriented initiatives.
Macy’s is undergoing a substantial business reorganization, including closing 125 locations and developing non-department store formats, accelerating digital growth, enhancing its loyalty program and consolidating headquarters and management staff.
Macy’s and Zola, a registry and wedding planning platform, have launched a wedding registry partnership. Engaged couples can now register for over 2,000 of Macy’s private brand and exclusive gifts across bedding, bath, tabletop, and home, directly on Zola.
Story at Macy’s, the narrative-driven retail concept inside 36 Macy’s stores nationwide, has unveiled its latest theme: “Feel Good.” Through April 2020, the Feel Good Story brings a fresh focus on wellness and uses merchandise curation and events to explore simple and actionable ways for customers to find greater balance, energy and nourishment.