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Participants
Mike McGuire Head of Investor Relations
Jeff Gennette Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Adrian Mitchell Chief Financial Officer
Matthew Boss J.P. Morgan
Tracy Kogan Citigroup
Bob Drubl Guggenheim
Paul Trussell Deutsche Bank
William Reuter Bank of America
Omar Saad Evercore ISI
Carla Casella J.P. Morgan
Kimberly Greenberger Morgan Stanley
Oliver Chen Cowen and Company
Alexandra Walvis Goldman Sachs
Garrett Greenblatt Gordon Haskett
Dana Telsey Telsey Advisory Group
Jay Sole UBS
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Operator

Good morning. And welcome to the Macy's, Inc.

Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Today's earnings call is being recorded. I'd now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Investor of Head McGuire, Relations. Mike sir. Please go ahead,

Mike McGuire

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Jeff Gennette

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Adrian Mitchell

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Jeff Gennette

Thanks Adrian.

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Mike McGuire

given First, calls industry go morning. there to constraints, before we time that Q&A, multiple everyone to are want remind this I

So many one can please get Thank Operator? as you. so to possible. your limit to as questions we people

Operator

of We first from Matthew Morgan. J.P. Instructions] Boss will [Operator our take question

MatthewBoss

thanks. Great,

to best and What that on looking overall question that a and regain your be when then categories gives And core comps to post in to about share? low primary picture seen destination, returns you demand of quarter? larger to able Jeff, XXXX. quarter you'll you've the confidence your vaccine is November, term. will So, that And the Macy's to be fourth is the second relative in near performance think part similar down XXs based it what my

JeffGennette

Matt. Hey,

that trend that's safe So just believe fourth quarter the pull question. to the in assuming about the third national or showed we do in significant talk fourth I shutdowns quarter, no stores. is that first line the quarter into regional let's that

So at that aggressive on lot a we grow faster, digital to plans, all on is rate our confidence stores. to any a obviously of shutdowns expect business, that will continue in look to have in based grow continue very of like might our what and even in depending

So we I get view to a the we where taking good quarter, about are feel but really fourth conservative now. we stand right

the occasion-based brands right we've those to scalable apparent. I is customers to relates customers our be, at as how so a been now, vaccine where - they controlled to weddings, to be mind. vaccination with think look categories, going our going down a obviously gotten did, when it And going quickly tell will, that particular as you partners our that in I on clothes more inventories that As are we going those lounging vaccination, we're have demand And that is what very safe, dress same normal, demand private ramp strengths. to way been our very as And a that up to squarely I'm dressier to there's the appropriate activity and be their And vaccination the becomes surge just we've when up that that in seeing but proms do to the inactive out. that casual all everybody's the will very there's both And sportswear. inventory. the happens. categories have pleased is going of as with return work want you they're that And well a, old that in there if wearing you are our of fits people

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Operator

We Paul Lejuez to now Citigroup. of move

TracyKogan

private was performance how Paul. brand if then Thanks. channel digital you Tracy brand filling private and versus quarter the Thanks. the Kogan about and versus It's in performance the penetration wondering I compares talk guys could store. in your in for in national

JeffGennette

Yes.

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Operator

of We Guggenheim. now Bob move to Drubl

BobDrubl

morning. good Hi,

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JeffGennette

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Operator

Paul Bank question. next of Trussell has Deutsche our

PaulTrussell

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JeffGennette

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margins. of about clear kind clear to on margins, I'd that, as some into of talk love improving And line built we switch a line of Adrian to planning. as SG&A we're things address over is we're on and your And that improve our the quarter how sight sight doing all to have well So a that of to to fourth question.

So Adrian, away. take it

AdrianMitchell

Yes. very And, Paul, much. Thank you pleasure meet to you.

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we're so some And of how pretty headwinds. diligently to offset out figure those to working

help us sell-through. some Going be drive with quarter helpful hopefully building manage and some also the us those into inventory higher will markdowns lean into of and help to

the of say million three would SG&A also about you in as focused on. which about we the there's $XXX third - was to relative about at spoke quarter Now, billion, SG&A, bit What XXXX. quite down that asked in came earlier, and we've a $X.X been things our I third

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up hearing what over depressed $XXX in from saw last million, we of credit $XX credit million expectations was year, that the despite at were QX So the we on marketplace.

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Operator

William next of America Bank Reuter has question. of our

WilliamReuter

attributes. geography Hi, store by just performance by around my question is or

and So suburban to if any your going versus years. the were doing thinking how impact over on your that's next urban more stores about store have ones, for your expectations closures three

JeffGennette

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is purchasing seeing So those up. we're

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Operator

Omar our Saad has question. of Evercore next ISI

OmarSaad

morning. for Good Great information. update. the Thanks all

that the that? times you're this are on surge do into back gone watching at feel April? closures. with March of this through if in we chances it we you you store the mentioned, in few How You Are call. resurgence? could how go from And guys impact and lockdown COVID about in do the you scenario, of there's a time the kind you again around end think and concerned an Thanks. having up versus all And sort about chance release, your seeing

JeffGennette

one are know I think we're, keep our can clearly COVID our to shown open. customers definitely and And and every we've great our we we how operate colleagues that's through Omar, keep question. that we safe. believed of a What stores that

through all essential should health our great standards. that. signal clearly designation We're safe pushing doing environment us. to what that of non-essential or stand the customers not, And have by we we municipal as and in our a need as held we we we how and based those. And with of accountable RILA of we're a on well, play to to believe so that and performed job don't be how governors, safety based And that's on working and have leaders should NRF retail, you believe

now. with California, right first curbside, where about laws about you that in of some everybody had have that in So are the we your has making after same-day line to XX% even there talking we question control have opening. right stores had adhering basically part that when we store stores went El were we delivery, places which we in that sure of all after that those they knows Paso, Texas, But of on in occupancy, which closed look our built. all going And store of we is to fulfillment, very at are now like strict particular been because are aggressive are

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But working we're safely. be happen, ready. to ensure we're anticipate don't if closures, So they We've operating them. were that to hard modeled we'll

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ready So expert to at our comes no what getting and we're way. this go matter we're

Operator

to move we Next, Casella Carla with JPMorgan.

Carla Casella

not will wonder front, more sitting you but that's the sold been any, I'm balance I the where wondering I if Hi, you're down to real yet capital sheet anything, it? closes any some estate if on is you're your XXXX? working is of payables expected. on sitting on I'm of then better if than had sheet the And to the it stores on you've deferred that sold Or not sorry, balance estate pay them? something quarter? real the sold, those and questions lot deferrals fourth a in referrals have

AdrianMitchell

I I the been clean very we on our as we've our speak of excited to pretty little current inventory, about good we're a that. can position managing Yes, bit think mean is inventory. thing terms in that about,

in. around see coming sales is look managing So we're at We're diligent our fortunate our and and we forward, big we've that that looking that our we as do that been ahead planful sure that managing that to buys. a expectations expectations is inventory inventory very sales feel very of our going But and making just part appropriately. at

We inventory terms vendors. continue for on good pay our to with our

quarter And step business, back, that. like just within that's the plan was in have XXXX. that at into January the million $XXX very cash take see excited about so cash; a came in we in the strong thing about and really year things business the really our to coming $X.X pay be as CFO. which we pleased that But coming in to million the with kind out off position feel really we're maturities the good We is of $XXX billion we of of one January,

initiatives, expenses, So invest also managing excess just we're through cash really pandemic. on working growth managing in continue any to be as capital, integration to but healthy navigate focused very very sure cash making profitable through using we the

Carla Casella

you any Okay a - sitting of you're that closed. stores kind on on that owned real are estate,

JeffGennette

as as know fulfillment I two that closed that do want that are centers. have are to have - like we stores you that we basically operating do

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looking our So mind we that estate real well. at with as in are

Operator

Greenberger Stanley, Kimberly to please move Next of Morgan go ahead.

KimberlyGreenberger

perhaps with obviously nicely. total so thank I to very expect Great, on And revenue about lag much. revenue guess move the ask up I you very, wanted credit was to credit basis. would we intuitively, revenue,

why vehicles out either just and So consumer this how a us us the that quarter so programs? color of Any of up the you In perhaps you wanted your this we trend higher magic? better capabilities. or third the for to uptake give what this on through on quarter, in curbside e-commerce this buy-online sort success to to about credit Thanks program? response in about quarter those then pick-up Was and of than orders much. going particular, you can year, in forward? could it of store follow something just the the revenue I rolled can And think divergence the talk

JeffGennette

question, and take why product don't you Adrian, I'll take curbside.

AdrianMitchell

Terrific, terrific.

pleased in portfolio. And our And expected. Macy's been health than we've also that better will the of performance overall with pandemic. credit the months sharing actually the actually the performance we're customer, Kimberly, through recent has hopeful very profit this of So, and the been continue

remarks, last that $XXX the quarter. year. expectations million, compared experience revenue new credit As QX that the We we were despite credit depressed to I shared for our did as down opening expecting earned were accounts our in we through about was in third went to observe

will revenue do, but to in fourth the down our modest of terms them outlook improvement from in expect the We a improved, however, we over credit quarter portfolio, year. we conditions at change impact of on this just watching your spoke have to has year quite be XXXX. is macro time question on something Jeff see over Now about expect to outlook, we that broadly, of generated as our we're closely. And that simply what more that QX an the beginning the call but know

JeffGennette

the They has this call on scores signaling are colleague this strong of we don't to on what it curbside, watch this, highs. going tell And, as highest Kimberly, in it launched we we and Macy's out talked very NPS is on been together quickly. curbside really call to which what were curbside this. you yet. so experience a - since like this. we days know We're quite was we when speed across went seeing I'll customers they're We've and app this, that response improve very kind of, X.X, in really high cobbled XX how and about we the the that previous play getting we to about

season? great we So to delivery expect giftables our a to key about our this of be season focused what over for really go and does holiday February, this all mean for same-day items through When going on us. talk deploying we is curbside. we've This or inventory the go in for and holiday up, dramatically the to question ready

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Operator

of Next, we to move Chen Oliver Cowen.

OliverChen

Hi, thank you. morning. Good

ahead very do On the execution What that's and younger encouraging. see younger as the you opportunities acquisition, across customers? to customer bigger indoor categories Thanks. attract retain

JeffGennette

the that's asked. ever question shortest Oliver, you've

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hard work with at make. the first for portfolio, last adjustments really brand this we've our year, to off and So we in what at private looking been need

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plans we those will detail talk And we next. so all when

Operator

Alexandra Sachs. welfare Next, Goldman we move to of

AlexandraWalvis

quarter e-commerce prior the much rate, for ask I Good rate than the a so for the in about growth question our here. morning. growth wanted to quarter. Thanks taking the And slower questions was the little

the comment right stores we fourth thinking where about we about What's e-commerce the And should as and e-commerce growth next rate? You growth penetration as how should quarter you year? any quarter? mentioned on cadence on move run the XXXX? into through the the into we be be that reopens. And thoughts Can into thinking of

JeffGennette

Alex. Hey,

we digital. growth I what will So on in strong said comments, continue robust to have definitely the

it, you of look when laughing But we're a for always ready. So at expect quarter is in that fourth highest penetration we we're the us. digital obviously,

say on And to so and focused can let different, that everything do improve look kind you really we've me up when the just just back at of this. we

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all this. So we really focus on

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planning penetration. XXXXand robust the going of a expect way for through we digital So all what as double-digit that's growth we're

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So expect double digits continuing.

Operator

Our Grom from comes next of Haskett. Chuck Gordon question

GarrettGreenblatt

wanted impact This having I friends Chuck. color get from spike the shift to is sales And cadence to the could actually in for the seeing ask on the elaborate more just trying about you on probably Greenblatt maybe was event you you're like what on and Garrett throughout the regarding what quantify I if was. the just quarter, of family if COVID-XX any a on impact traffic? quarter-to-date store some

JeffGennette

just twice? could I question. your you Could apologize; more understand that say not clearly I

GarrettGreenblatt

family of Yes, apologies. shifts you as cadence as the of quarter, and comment event? friends on Can the third quantify the sales Thanks. well

JeffGennette

as holiday if Yes, the we obviously responsibility can. demand to front, we our for a like retailer's elongate

to the what saw all of in you month that us so And of October, early. and did try start

see October. we're friends of week you specials, what So the we family can Friday doing what event now with Black the it of and kind is did to forward. up how into And we're trying customer off some did that the it. bringing month have But that - and bringing responds of events that of drying We're earlier the that November. by quantifying Black to into pulled basically We third the volume Friday the those is. not see

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on the based did of that that Some last into actions weeks the took. October, come two of we

Operator

take We Group. Dana of our from Telsey next question Telsey

DanaTelsey

everyone. morning, Good

thinking XXXX versus the time this how the gained we inventory, Thank the of and forward of you. you're new whether Jeff, the past marketing, As with or digital that channel you've regarding about you XXXX. thinking from year customers are moving it's half stores and how all planning, first into period? get the channel

JeffGennette

Hey, Dana.

we that where like. in be and first first Congress of half back scalable. half would looking quarter, is and are some through, at that and to motivate, would like, what - the in does that come year to here put going factors level kind certainly that affect vaccination it's looks going consumer in scalable the big certainly that we're the package confidence, half, going look second it's of two be the of does So can what at that to are But anticipating it's the that stimulus

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Operator

We Sole to go Jay UBS. of next ahead. move Please

JaySole

it you that with know and like try pleased works. you the try but you you're to something have those areas. different to leverage just jewelry extend overall to thoughts Jeff, to in it really strategy to other you've learnings to strategy categories, to really just in much, Great. in categories can so that any and tell other us continues tried sounds other the business areas I business, Thank jewelry continue

JeffGennette

Yes.

service, there's that marketing, experience, looked when is in businesses. jewelry value, business store clearly, combination Jay, So, and of other definitely the and you the really product, at

look more of we've do we're look big-ticket happen. When points through a business, they that very because leased. women and and - look of the But categories. price you does So that at management lot back the textiles, clearly in home they at When we're shoes, that and are some different Bloomingdale's their that those to a at business, categories doing does that how about category and look we use, normal partners sell, attract it doing we right businesses. what learnings the now the when with. our And in those of you lot from They customer, get you hold in new of entire that we at all are do Bloomingdale's, us beauty customers. a their carefully that you learned when combination gives

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where market when frankly field. an apparel our - you think crowded when is competitors look share, is So the jewelry is our much about more a you at interesting because a are, that playing

it always there doesn't But does. it translate strengthened that we learning is categories that enough have directly there in So the apparel. into

to So we look look at certainly at informs the question. Bloomingdale's. answer We jewelry your that

Operator

Thank you.

this We have no time. at questions further

Jeff Gennette

Holidays. thank everybody, Happy you. Okay,

Operator

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