Kohl’s Corp is slashing its corporate workforce by about 15% in a bid to rein in expenses as retail sales fail to recover to pre-pandemic levels.
The chain said the cuts will save it about $65 million a year. It will record a pretax charge of about $23 million, mostly in the third quarter, related to the layoffs and related cost savings. Kohl’s didn’t say how many workers would be affected.
Retailers across the board have been taking steps to cut costs, especially in the back office, as they grapple with sudden and dramatic changes in consumer spending during the pandemic.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc said last month it would eliminate 2,800 positions across its headquarters and retail stores, while Macy’s Inc in June announced 3,900 corporate and management job cuts.