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Macy’s plans IT field services layoffs

BY Dan Berthiaume

Macy’s will be saving some expenses by eliminating almost 60 IT-related jobs.

According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice filed on March 8, the Macy’s Systems and Technology Field Services and Operational Unit headquartered in Bay Shore, New York, will lay off 57 employees. The notice lists the unit’s business type as “creating, gathering, and directing pieces of data to form management tools.”

The layoffs are scheduled to occur between June 9 and 22, 2019. The closure of a plant in New York City is listed as the reason for the job cuts. In addition, some employees from the unit working at locations including two Third Avenue Bloomingdale’s stores and Macy’s Herald Square flagship store will also be laid off. The affected employees are not represented by a union.

The WARN notice does not specify whether Macy’s will offer affected employees any transition services or severance. However, in an email to Retail Dive, a Macy’s spokesperson said the retailer is outsourcing many IT field services functions and will try to assist laid off employees apply for jobs the cuts will create at its third-party IT field services vendor.

Following the release of sluggish fourth quarter same-store sales growth in February, Macy’s announced a $100 million restructuring program. Macy’s did not mention IT-related job cuts at the time, but did say it would take steps “reducing the complexity” of the upper management structure.

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