The retail giant is set to launch its new stylist service My Stylist@Macy’s this fall, complete with complimentary personal shopping and the ability to make in-store appointments online.
In a company release Wednesday (Aug. 26), Macy’s said its free service will be available at 135 select stores nationwide, with the goal of helping shoppers find the perfect items for themselves, as well as guiding customers in selecting gifts for family and friends.
“We are ecstatic to bring this unique shopping experience to our customers,” Susan Bertelsen, Macy’s group vice president of My Stylist@Macy’s and Wedding & Gift Registry, said in a company statement. “Macy’s prides itself on offering the best range of fashion and accessories, as well as gifts for loved ones. With My Stylist@Macy’s, we will bring this expertise to the customer on a more personal level, and help ensure that they walk away with exactly what they need, from every day to life’s biggest moments.”
The launch of My Stylist@Macy’s is the company’s latest move to continue enhancing the shopping experiences of its in-store consumers while also fighting against the aggressive push many of its eCommerce rivals are making into the retail sector.
Last week the retailer announced plans to upgrade its fitting rooms in select stores with high-tech gadgets in order to build upon one of the few advantages brick-and-mortar retailers have over their eCommerce-only counterparts.
Macy’s digitally revamped dressing rooms will use technology such as smartphones and tablets to enhance the customers’ experiences.
According to Bloomberg, Macy’s is piloting these new fitting rooms in the women’s swimsuit and athletic department at a store in Manhattan Beach, California, where customers can browse products displayed on mannequins and use a Macy’s app on their mobile device to have a particular item delivered to a dressing room in their selected size.
Once in the fitting room, customers can request additional sizes and other items using the same mobile app. The goal is to have customers spending more time trying on clothes and less time rummaging through racks.
Boosting the in-store customer shopping experience with new technologies and services may be Macy’s best bet in its ongoing competition with eCommerce giant Amazon.
A recent prediction from analysts at financial services firm Cowen foresees Amazon becoming the No. 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, “comfortably passing” Macy’s for the top spot.
The team of Cowen analysts, led by John Blackledge, said it estimated Amazon’s U.S. retail apparel gross merchandise value will rise from $16 billion in 2015 to $52 billion in 2020, with the company’s U.S. market share increasing to 14 percent, up from 5 percent.