This week, Saks Fifth Avenue’s online arm appeared to be headed for a $6 billion IPO while an activist investor pushed Macy’s to follow suit and spin off its own e-commerce unit. But splitting up online and offline businesses, while tempting in the short-term, may be detrimental to long-term value creation.
The American department store, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2020, is intent on convincing shoppers it is the premiere retail destination as people reenter the world.
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At a time when retailers usually try to lure shoppers with festive music and decorations, the luxury department store has amped up its website and — in a very out-of-character move — plans to drive traffic through flash sales.