On Wednesday, Macy's announced it will close 68 stores and cut more than 10,000 jobs.
The company said in a press release it expects to lay off 3,900 employees as a result of the stores shuttering and 6,200 more by streamlining its management team. Macy's also issued an earnings report showing comparable stores sales dropped 2.1 percent last quarter, which caused the company's stock to dip nearly 10 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday.
Macy's said the affected stores will all be closed by mid-year, and any savings will be invested in its digital business and marketing its Bluemercury and Macy's Backstage brands. Mark Cohen, a Columbia Business School professor, told CNN Money he expects to see closures and layoffs an ongoing trend in 2017, adding that brick-and-mortar stores have been "unwilling to fully acknowledge the reality of their business performance."